|From:||Gawain Kripke <gkripke@Essential.ORG>|
|Date:||22 Dec 1994 12:21:07|
|Subject:||Letter to Dep. Sec. of Defense of E|
Subject -- Letter to Dep. Sec. of Defense of Enviro. Funds The following letter has been sent to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, John Deutch. As of 12/21, sources indicate no decision has been made about proposed cuts to environmental programs in the defense budget. Thanks to all the signers, to Lenny, and BEGIN LETTER PLEASE SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP AND COMPLIANCE FUNDING December 20, 1994 The Honorable John M. Deutch Deputy Secretary of Defense The Pentagon Room 3E944 Washington, DC 20301 Dear Sir: The undersigned individuals and organizations urge you to support funding for Department of Defense environmental funding at levels necessary to fulfill the Department's commitments to communities and its legal obligations. Recent news reports suggest that the Department of Defense may cut its funding request for fiscal year 1996 and the 1997 planning figure substantially below levels suggested by the Environmental Security office. Many of us represent communities that are bearing the brunt of hazardous waste contamination and other pollution from domestic Defense Department facilities. Over a period of decades, Defense environmental practices have undermined our health, environment, and economic prospects. That is, we have been "dumped upon" by the very forces that are supposed to protect us. Over the last few years, however, the Defense Department Environmental Security office and the armed services have increased cleanup, compliance, and other environmental programs. Gradually, they are making progress toward winning the respect and support of base neighbors and employees. Increasingly, Defense communities are being treated as partners, not adversaries. Stakeholder participation and streamlined oversight are outstanding examples of that new partnership. We are deeply concerned, however, that drastic cuts in Defense environmental programs will undermine that spirit of partnership. Cleaning up and reducing pollution will become more contentious, less effective, and much more costly. Maintaining adequate funding will, on the other hand, enable all parties to continue their joint efforts to make cleanup cheaper, faster, safer, and better. Sincerely, Dennis Argent, President James Burns, Vice-President William Skubi, Secretary Steve Johnson, Associate Director Whidbey Islanders for a Sound Environment Domenick Bertelli Workplace Economic Conversion Action Network Gregory A. Bischak, PhD National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament Brainard Bivens Arkansas Common Ground, living near or affected by Pine Bluff Arsenal Saul Bloom Arms Control Research Center Doug Bogen Clean Water Action, living near or affected by Pease Air Force Base and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Dorothy Brooks-Ange Military Families Support Network, Inc., living near or affected by Fort Bragg Grace Bukowski Rural Alliance for Military Accountability Leslie Byster Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, living near or affected by Moffett Field Robin Caiola, co-director 20/20 Vision National Project Robert L. Campbell, Executive Director Trinity Post 7-45 (Atomic Veterans) Roger Cole Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, living near or affected by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Rene Cook living near or affected by Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge Sharon Cooper Western Oklahoma Environmental Services (WOES) Tina Daly living near or affected by Valley Forge Jefferson H. Dickey, MD Human Health and the Environment Project, New England Physicians for Social Responsibility Jorge Emmanuel, PhD Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Oakland, CA* ARC-Ecology, San Francisco, CA* US Working Group for Philippine Bases Cleanup* Susan Falkoff Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety, living near or affected by Watertown Arsenal Curt Gandy Fort Ord Toxics Project, living near or affected by Fort Ord, Naval Post-Graduate School (Monterey, CA), Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center of Presidio Monterey Kathy Grandfield Missouri Toxics Activists Network, living near or affected by Whiteman Airforce Base Dr. Howard Gunn East Mississippi Multi-County Safe Environment Association, living near or affected by Columbus Air Force Base Myrna Hayes, Chair Save San Pablo Baylands* Mare Island Restoration Advisory Board (community co-chair)*, living near or affected by Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Skaggs Island Naval Communications Security Activity Sue Hestor Citizens for Representative Government, living near or affected by the Presidio of San Francisco and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Peter Hille Kentucky Environmental Foundation, living near or affected by Lexington Blue Grass Army Depot Cathy Hinds Military Toxics Project Dr. John S. Holmes Central Valley Safe Environment Network, living near or affected by Castle Air Force Base Karyn Jones Citizens for Environmental Quality, living near or affected by Umatilla Depot Gawain Kripke Friends of the Earth John Lindsay-Poland Fellowship of Reconciliation, Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean Damacio Lopez Progressive Alliance for Community Empowerment, living near or affected by Los Alamos Sandra Lunceford living near or affected by Mather Air Force Base John M. Miller International Clearinghouse on the Military & the Environment Laura Olah Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, living near or affected by Badger Army Ammunition Plant Polly Parks Board of Advisors of Grassroots International, living near or affected by Otis Air Force Base; Watertown Arsenal Mall Tom Rauch American Friends Service Committee Irene Reyna, Petra Mata, Viola Conner Fuerza Unida* Helen Richick Aberdeen Proving Ground Superfund Citizens Coalition, living near or affected by Aberdeen Proving Ground Murray Rosenbluth Oxnard Plain Restoration Advisory Board, living within a quarter mile of the Navy Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme and affected by the Naval Air Weapons Center at Point Mugu. David Rush, M.D., co-chair Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility Linda Schimmelfenwig living near or affected by Miramar Air Force Base, Naval Training Center, Pendleton Judy Scotnicki living near or affected by Nuclear Metals, Inc. (Concord, MA) Susan Shaer Women's Action for New Directions Seth Shulman, author The Threat at Home: Confronting the Toxic Legacy of the U.S. Military Lenny Siegel Pacific Study Center Wilbur Slockish Columbia River Education & Economic Development, living near or affected by Yakima Firing Range & Umatilla Depot Dick Smith Citizens for Responsible Ft. McCoy Growth, living near or affected by Fort McCoy Sandra Steele living near or affected by March Air Force Base John R. Stone Michelle Sybert Citizens for a Better Environment Diane Takvorian Environmental Health Coalition Alice Tepper-Marlin Council on Economic Priorities* Maria Valenti, Executive Director New England Physicians for Social Responsibility Ross Vincent, Chair Sierra Club Hazardous Materials Committee David Walls Sonoma State University, Mare Island Educational Consortium* Jennifer Weeks Union of Concerned Scientists Craig Williams Chemical Weapons Working Group Donna Wong Hawaii's Thousand Friends* * Organization listed for indentification purposes only. Gawain Kripke Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org P R I V A C Y I S A R I G H T **** Please note: I request that all recipients obtain my prior **** consent before electronically forwarding or otherwise disseminating **** this message. Thank you for protecting my privacy.
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