2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 18 Aug 2004 00:37:44 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Delay in "reefing" aircraft carrier
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Deck being removed, carrier sinking off Pensacola still on hold

Associated Press (Miami Herald)
August 17, 2004

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The USS Oriskany's wooden flight deck is being removed
because of PCB contamination, but other issues involving the toxic
material must yet be resolved before the retired aircraft carrier can be
sunk as an artificial reef, a Navy spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The Navy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state officials met
last week in Atlanta to begin that process.

The 888-foot ship would be the largest vessel ever purposely sunk as a reef.

Questions raised by EPA officials have indefinitely delayed plans to
sink the carrier in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles off Pensacola
Pass, said Pat Dolan of the Naval Sea Systems Command.


for the entire article, see


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