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May 28, 2005

Gone to waste

Earlier this month I noted that 34 military bases shut down since 1988 are on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund list of worst toxic waste sites. Most have been on the list for at least 15 years, and not one is completely uncontaminated—despite $8.3 billion spent on pollution cleanups.

But hey, why bother?

Closed military bases could become repositories for nuclear waste under a little-noticed section of a spending bill that was passed by the House this week, exacerbating the fears of local lawmakers who are fighting the scheduled closure of four of New England's biggest bases.
The energy and water bill from the House Appropriations Committee includes $15.5 million for reprocessing of nuclear waste from power plants and construction of an interim nuclear waste dump. The legislation does not specify where that dump would be. But the Appropriations Committee report, which explains the bill, suggests that mothballed military bases be considered as potential sites for the waste.

As Suburban Guerilla observes: more local jobs—and lots of turnover…

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