2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 13 May 2005 16:10:52 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] Not many ranges
Quickly reviewing the BRAC proposal, there appear to be few closing bases - such as Army forts - with large munitions impact ranges. Learning from earlier BRAC rounds, the military doesn't want to get stuck with the cost and liability of attempting to transfer such properties.

Instead, the military is likely to stop using impact ranges at a number of bases but continue to classify them as "operational" - that is, inactive. Under EPA's Military Munitions Rule, they are generally not obligated to address explosive risk at these sites, and if the Pentagon's Readiness and Range Preservation Initiative is approved, they will not face regulatory requirements to address toxic explosive constituents, including propellants such as perchlorate, on such retained properties.

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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