2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Aimee Houghton <aimeeh@cpeo.org>
Date: 14 Dec 2004 23:21:18 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] PEER release on draft DOD directive
For those of you who are having trouble with the links at the bottom of
this posting, please cut and paste them into your browser--they should
work just fine.  The Directive referred to in the PEER press release is:
Department if Defense Directive Number 4715.1A.  As far as I can tell it
is still considered a draft so it may not yet be searchable on DOD's


On Tue, 14 Dec 2004, Lenny Siegel wrote:

> Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
> For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 14, 2004
> New Policy Drops Public Health, Cleanup and Resource Conservation Duties
> Washington, DC - The Pentagon is moving to sharply reduce its
> environmental duties, according to a draft directive released today by
> Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The proposed
> policy excludes anti-pollution work that does not directly "sustain the
> national defense mission."
> This new "Department of Defense Directive" would replace a Clinton-era
> directive on "Environmental Security." The new directive trims a listing
> of Pentagon policy elements by eliminating provisions for -
> * "Reducing risk to human health and the environment by identifying,
> evaluating, and where necessary, remediating contamination resulting
> from past DoD activities";
> * Protecting, preserving, and, when required, restoring, and enhancing
> the quality of the environment"; and
> * Conserving, and restoring where necessary, the natural and cultural
> heritage represented on DoD installations within the United States."
> "The Pentagon is transforming itself into an entity concerned only about
> its own logistics and facility management – and the public be damned,"
> stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, pointing to the Pentagon's
> recent efforts to exempt itself from an array of environmental laws.
> "Under this new policy, who will protect America's waters, air and soil
> from the Pentagon?"
> The new policy would also significantly cut Pentagon compliance with
> anti-pollution rules by dropping requirements that it obey "regulations,
> Executive orders, binding international agreements" and other federal
> “environmental, safety, occupational health, explosives safety, fire and
> emergency services, and pest management policies." In its place, the
> Pentagon would pledge to only abide by “applicable law and DoD policy."
> In stripping away promises to improve or protect the environment, the
> new Directive instead says that the Pentagon "will evaluate all
> activities…and make prudent investments in initiatives that support
> mission accomplishment, enhance readiness, reduce future funding needs,
> prevent pollution, ensure cost effective compliance, and maximize the
> existing resource capability."
> "The Pentagon is preparing this self-serving shift without public debate
> or Congressional review," added Ruch. "Under the new Directive, the
> Pentagon answers only to itself."
> Department of Defense Directives define the agency's mission and
> responsibilities. By its terms, this Directive covers all "DoD
> operations, activities, and installations worldwide, including
> Government-owned/contractor-operated facilities."
> ###
> For the original press release and links to related documents, go to
> http://www.peer.org/press/544.html
> --
> 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
> Fax: 650/961-8918
> <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
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