• Automated Plant to Begin Destroying Chemical Weapons at Colorado Depot0

    The Army this week plans to begin destroying the nation’s largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons at Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., using a chemical neutralization process considered safer than incineration. Over the next four years, the largely automated munitions destruction plant will use industrial robots to break open nearly 780,000 chemical shells so the mustard agent inside can be washed away with a chemical compound. The $4.5 billion plant was completed in 2012, but it took the depot four years to bring it online due to a variety of delays, reported military.com. More than 500 shells already have been destroyed at the depot’s explosion chamber because they are too damaged to be processed by the plant. Much of the nation’s stockpile of chemical weapons already has been destroyed. The Army also will employ chemical neutralization to destroy 523 tons of mustard and deadly nerve agents at Blue Grass Army Depot, Ky., starting next year.

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  • Brooks City Base Breaks Ground on $10.6M Urban Park

    Brooks City Base Breaks Ground on $10.6M Urban Park0

    Brooks City Base on Wednesday broke ground on the Greenline, a $10.6 million, 43-acre linear park that will connect the South Side of San Antonio to the San Antonio River and a recreational trail running 15 miles through downtown to the North end of the city. In addition to providing recreational opportunities for individuals living and working at Brooks, the park is expected to attract tourists and residents from across San Antonio. The Greenline will connect to a portion of the San Antonio River known as Mission Reach, which links four of the city’s five historic missions that recently were designated a World Heritage site …

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  • Colorado Springs Drinking Water Contamination Linked to Peterson AFB

    Colorado Springs Drinking Water Contamination Linked to Peterson AFB0

    The Air Force last month confirmed that elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) found in the drinking water supply in several communities south of Colorado Springs most likely stems from the use of firefighting foam at Peterson Air Force Base. The Air Force report shows that firefighters at the base used the chemicals during training since the 1970s, reported the Gazette. The firefighting foam was used most heavily from about 1970 through the early 1990s at two training areas, which have since been decommissioned. State and local officials have been addressing the contamination affecting the cities of Security, Widefield and Fountain since January …

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  • Navy Transfers Long Beach Complex Property to City0

    Officials from the Navy and the Maritime Administration, along with state and local leaders, this week celebrated the transfer of 125 acres at the former Long Beach Naval Complex in California to the city of Long Beach to develop as a port facility. The conveyance raises the total amount of land transferred to the city to more than 400 acres. The Port of Long Beach plans to use the property for staging containerized cargo. Long-term plans include developing marine container facilities, including storage yards, loading and unloading facilities, and other related services. Navy and Long Beach officials first worked out a lease agreement for the city’s Harbor Department to take control of the 500-acre complex on Terminal Island in 1998, allowing the port to break ground on a new container terminal …

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  • County to Guarantee Ft. Monmouth Bond Issuance

    County to Guarantee Ft. Monmouth Bond Issuance0

    Monmouth County’s Board of Freeholders last week voted to guarantee $35 million in notes and bonds the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) needs to purchase 560 acres at the former post located on the northern New Jersey coast from the Army. The guarantee will allow the LRA to take advantage of Monmouth County’s triple A rating and obtain the lowest possible interest rate on the bond issuance, reported the Asbury Park Press. FMERA will repay bondholders through sales of property on the main post, which the county estimates has a market value exceeding $90 million. The sale — which will provide FMERA 560 acres on the main post outright for $33 million — represents the second transfer of property between the Army and the LRA …

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  • FAA Renews Brunswick Executive Airport’s Participation in Military Airport Program

    FAA Renews Brunswick Executive Airport’s Participation in Military Airport Program0

    The Federal Aviation Administration has selected Brunswick Executive Airport, Brunswick, Maine to participate in the fiscal 2016 Military Airport Program (MAP), allowing the business and general aviation airport at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station to remain in the program for five additional years. Brunswick was the only former military airport or joint use airport added to MAP this year, the third straight year FAA has picked only one participant. Brunswick’s selection will allow it to complete projects that started during the previous five years, according to an FAA fact sheet. Those projects include converting military hangars to civilian use, obstruction removal, drainage upgrades and installing wildlife fencing …

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