- DOD news and House Reps you need to call
The Department of Defense (DoD) is trying to harmful provisions to this
yearís (FY06) Defense Authorization bill.
One provision could cap DOD cleanup liabilities at contaminated properties
transferred to third parties after the Base Realignment and Closure
Process (BRAC). DoDís proposal would make one federal account the ďsole
sourceĒ of cleanup funds at these properties. If pollution problems arise
after the account is closed, cleanups could be slowed down, redevelopment
delayed and costs increased on communities.
The same provision could also weaken or eliminate certain cleanup
standards at DoDís Superfund sites, some of the nationís most heavily
contaminated toxic waste sites.
A second provision could allow any federal agency to take a case under the
Safe Drinking Water Act or Clean Air Act out of state court and put it
into federal court. DoDís proposal seeks to evade local judges who are
experts in state law, live in local communities and might best understand
local contamination problems. Problems with contamination could continue
as cases stall in already overburdened federal courts.
Please call these representatives and ask them to reject DoDís effort to
avoid cleaning up its dangerous contamination.
1. DoD should pay for cleanups at closed and transferred military bases.
There is no reason to restrict the source of cleanups funds to one federal
2. DoD should follow all cleanup standards in order to protect military
families and nearby communities, not fight to weaken protections.
3. Federal agencies should not be allowed to eliminate local judges from
deciding cases that seek to protect local citizens.
- Saxton, Jim, (NJ)
- Simmons, Robert, (CT)
- Lobiando, Frank, (NJ)
- Bradely, Jeb, (NH)
- Schwartz, Joe, (MI)
- McHugh, John, (NY)