2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:03:50 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HABITAT, REUSE: "The Indiana prairie's last best chance" at the Newport Chemical Depot
The Indiana prairie's last best chance – Part 1
Army refuses to protect rare grasslands at former Newport VX plant

by Steven Higgs
Bloomington Alternative (IN)
August 20, 2011

Editor's note: On Aug. 12, 2011, I toured the Newport Chemical Depot with a group of environmental activists working to save and expand a rare, black-soil prairie on the soon-to-be-former U.S. Army base. What follows is the first in a series of stories that will include a cover story in NUVO, Indianapolis's alternative newsweekly. A Photo Album from the tour is posted on the Alternative site. - sh

NEWPORT, IND. – Environmental activists in west-central Indiana have lost the first round of their ongoing struggle to protect a patch of endangered black-soil prairie on the U.S. Army's Newport Chemical Depot (NECD). On Sept. 15, the Army is scheduled to transfer the 7,100-acre base to a quasi-governmental group, with no protections whatsoever for the prairie and several endangered species that frequent it.

The restored, 336-acre prairie's fate rests with the Newport Chemical Depot Reuse Authority, whose five members are appointed by the Vermillion County Commissioners. So far they have refused to commit either way and at times have been downright hostile toward the preservationists.


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