|From:||CPEO Moderator <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||9 Mar 2004 17:01:43 -0000|
|Subject:||Public left out of ammo plant cleanup|
Indiana THE COURIER-JOURNAL Public left out of ammo plant cleanup Some question Army's decision to burn buildings By Alex Davis, email@example.com March 9, 2004 The Army spent at least three years studying how to clean up hundreds of contaminated buildings at the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant near Charlestown. But details of the solution -- to torch the buildings using detonation cords and jugs of fuel -- were announced less than a week before the first structure went up in flames on Feb. 4. The Army has had more public involvement in other places where similar cleanup efforts have been conducted, and environmentalists argue that such an approach should have been used here. "It's shameful," said Laura Olah, the leader of an environmental group that works with an ammunition plant in Wisconsin. "People should be actively involved in the decision-making process." The next round of fires -- involving 18 buildings -- is scheduled for tomorrow. The Army has employed similar burning techniques at ammunition plants in Nebraska, New Jersey, Kansas and Illinois, and there are plans to burn buildings at a site in Wisconsin. In many of those places, groups called restoration advisory boards were formed to consider the government's approach to dealing with such matters as mercury, lead or asbestos contamination. The boards provide public education and awareness and offer advice, though the Army has the final say. A 2002 report to Congress from the Defense Department listed nearly 300 such advisory boards at military properties across the nation. At some sites, including the Jefferson Proving Ground near Madison, the boards received federal funding to educate the public about cleanup techniques. But no such board exists for the 10,000-acre complex near Charlestown. Many people who live near the site have said they knew little about plans for the fires. This article can be viewed at: http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/03/09in/A1-burn0309i-8865.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CPEO: A DECADE OF SUCCESS. Your generous support will ensure that our important work on military and environmental issues will continue. Please consider one of our donation options. Thank you. http://www.groundspring.org/donate/index.cfm?ID=2086-0|721-0
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