2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 20 Jun 2005 22:19:16 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] Groton (CT) and Alameda (CA)
Connecticut Military Base Closing Threatens Environment

Ellen Wulfhorst and Adam Tanner
Planet Ark/Reuters
June 20, 2005

GROTON, Connecticut - The proposed closing of America's oldest submarine base could not only rob the area of a vital economic engine but leave the land too contaminated by toxic waste for quick redevelopment, Connecticut authorities say.

Worried residents of Groton, Connecticut, where the New London Naval Submarine Base is slated to be shut, can look to the Alameda Naval Air Station in California, where locals said cleanup and redevelopment were slow, expensive and frustrating.

Groton, the largest single base marked for closure, is among 33 major military installations Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recommended for closure in May. A final decision is due later this year.

The base at the mouth of the picturesque Thames River has 29 contaminated spots in need of environmental cleanup, officials say. Pollutants like acids, metals, pesticides and medical waste have poured into the base's land and groundwater over the course of its century-long history.


For the entire article, see

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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