2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 5 Aug 2005 22:05:51 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] Connecticut disputes Novy cost estimates at Groton
Why Navy Is Wrong In Estimate Of Cleanup Costs 

By GINA MCCARTHY (Connecticut Environmental Commissioner)
Columns and Editorial
New London Day (CT)
August 4, 2005

In his recent letter to the editor, Rear Adm. Mark Kenny explained the
reasoning behind the U.S. Department of Defense's $9.95 million estimate
for the cost of cleaning up radiological waste if the Submarine Base in
New London is closed (U.S. Naval cleanup cost estimate on target, July
22,). After carefully reviewing Adm. Kenny's explanation, the Department
of Environmental Protection stands by the assertion that the Department
of Defense's estimate is too low. The real cost of the radiological
cleanup will be at least $31.5 million.

The Navy estimated the cost of the radiological cleanup based on the
erroneous assumption that what it knows about radiological conditions at
the ?Lower Base? - approximately 20 acres used by the Naval Nuclear
Propulsion Program (NNPP) - can be reasonably applied to the rest of the
687-acre facility. This assumption is not valid because the Navy has
limited knowledge of radiological use and conditions for non-NNPP areas.


For the entire column, 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
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