|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 13 Oct 1994 23:43:45 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Stealth Health Case|
The following is excerpted from an August 16, 1994 Press Release issued by the Project on Government Oversight. For more information, contact Scott Amey of the Project at 202/466-5539. SECOND LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT CONCERNING THE SUPER SECRET FACILITY AT GROOM LAKE A lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada, to address eleven charges against the Secretary of Defense William Perry, National Security Advisory Anthony Lake, and Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall. The charges include: violation of the federal facility reporting and inventory requirements; violations of the ban on open burning of hazardous waste used to build the Stealth Fighter; and illegal land disposal of hazardous waste. The suit also alleges the illegal trucking of hazardous waste from a California-based defense contractor to Groom Lake in order to conceal disposal of the hazardous materials. The government has been using secrecy and over-classification as a way to hide the illegal burning of toxic materials at a super-secret Air Force facility. Workers from the top-secret government facility in Groom Lake, Nevada ("Area 51") are now challenging the secrecy laws that have, until now, prevented them from speaking out against this illegal practice. Because of the secrecy oaths workers had to take when employed at Groom Lake, six of the plaintiffs are listed as John Does and one plaintiff is named. The Project on Government Oversight, a non-profit government watchdog group, and the Environmental Crimes Project, a pro bon legal arm of the George Washington University, are assisting these workers and local residents. Our goal is to stop the environmental violations that may still be occurring; to force the government agencies involved to take responsibility for injuring these people, in the name of "national security," to hide illegal activity. For example, workers from the facility have revealed that materials used in the process of building the Stealth Fighter were regularly burned in open air pits, including: high toxic composites, electrical equipment, tires, hardeners, solvents, resins, coatings, and paints. Workers performed these and other duties without having been allotted protective gear or clothing. The current lawsuit is the second in a series of lawsuits filed concerning Groom Lake's Area 51. On August 2, 1994, a citizen action suit was filed against Carol Browner, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, for the failure to inspect Groom Lake for violation of Federal environmental laws. U.S. District Chief Judge John Garret Penn, in the District of Columbia, has allowed the six plaintiffs to remain anonymous due to their fear of retaliation from the government. A copy of the suit will be available upon request of the Project on Government Oversight.
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