2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 21 Jul 2005 00:16:44 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] Cost to clean
I recently read through the main text of the Government Accountability's
Office report on BRAC 2005 (GAO-05-785). Most of it is about the
validity of the Pentagon's process for recommending closures and
realignment, but on page 46 it summarizes the environmental restoration
costs of proposed major base closures, noting that other costs are
likely to emerge.

Army $723.3 million
Navy $154.6 million
Air Force $71.3 million

Total $949.1 million

These figures severely understate the data contained in the Pentagon's
own environmental annual report. According to my tabulation, completed
in May soon after disclosure of the BRAC list, the cost to complete
cleanup at BRAC major bases was $1,743,236,000. Furthermore, the cost to
complete at just one Air Force facility, the Otis Air National Guard
Base in Massachusetts, was shown as $540,912,000



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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