|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||12 May 2005 04:44:35 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Pentagon seeks waivers|
Pentagon Is Asking Congress to Loosen Environmental Laws|
By MICHAEL JANOFSKY New York Times May 11, 2005
WASHINGTON, May 10 - After three unsuccessful tries, the Pentagon is asking Congress again this year to loosen major environmental laws to allow military training exercises around the country to proceed unimpeded.
Military officials say the requested changes, which could be approved this week as part of the defense authorization bill for 2006, are essential to preserve the quality of training and to avoid lawsuits over possible violations of statutes that govern air, water and waste.
With more than 100,000 American military personnel in Iraq, training issues have taken on a heightened sense of urgency, giving the request a better chance of passing this year despite opposition from environmental advocacy groups and state and local governments.
For the entire article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/11/politics/11enviro.html?
Pentagon Seeks Waivers On Environmental Rules Defense Dept. Cites National Security Issues
By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post May 11, 2005
Defense Department officials are hoping to use an upcoming defense authorization bill to expand the military's exemptions from several environmental and public health regulations, arguing that the restrictions infringe on national security.
The Pentagon has drafted provisions that would free it from specified laws on air pollution and hazardous waste, provisions the House and Senate Armed Services committees could take up this week as part of broader legislation giving the military spending authority.
Defense Department spokesman Glenn Flood emphasized that "this is not the first time" the military has sought waivers from long-standing environmental rules.
-- 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 http://www.cpeo.org
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