2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:12:22 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Ft. McClellan (AL) litigation
A civic army for McClellan and the Depot

Opinion by Bob Davis
Anniston Star (AL)
June 20, 2010

A northern California military installation closed in the late 1980s is now in the business of reclaiming wetlands.

A former Air Force base in Austin, Texas, is currently part of the city's municipal airport.

And overseers of former military installations in Indiana, Maine, Oakland and elsewhere are rolling up their sleeves to do the work of local economic development.

At McClellan, with some significant exceptions, the result after 11 years is momentum-killing litigation.

Since the 1995 decision to close Fort McClellan as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, the lawsuits have grown like weeds. The Joint Powers Authority was the subject of several legal challenges. With the JPA shut down for business earlier this year, a new organization was stood up, the McClellan Development Authority. Almost as quickly, a suit was filed questioning its legality. The plaintiffs are Anniston Councilmen Ben Little and Herbert Palmore and former councilman Stan Bennett.


For the entire column, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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