• House Leadership’s Support for Sage Grouse Provision Frustrates Policy Bill Negotiations

    House Leadership’s Support for Sage Grouse Provision Frustrates Policy Bill Negotiations0

    The greater sage grouse, a black and brown grassland bird whose habitat encompasses parts of 11 western states, has taken on an oversized role in House-Senate negotiations over a conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill. The House’s Republican leadership is insisting the compromise bill retain language from the House version barring the sage grouse from being placed on the endangered species list through 2025 even though the issue is only loosely connected to the use of military training grounds. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said he would not allow the final version of the annual defense policy to be considered on the chamber floor without that provision, in a bid to protect energy, mining and ranching interests, reports Defense News …

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  • Cleanup Progress at DOD Installations Continues to Advance0

    The Pentagon has made significant progress in cleaning up contaminated sites at its installations in recent years, John Conger, DOD’s acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, told the audience last week at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. By 2018, the department will have finished cleaning up 90 percent of identified sites, and by 2021, it will have completed 95 percent of the sites, Conger said. While a few sites will require longer-term solutions, he added, “I’m proud of our cleanup program and I think we’re doing a pretty good job …

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  • Pendleton Relies on REPI to Combat Encroachment0

    In an ongoing effort to protect Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton from restrictions on training, a Southern California land conservancy last week acquired a conservation easement on a 184-acre parcel outside of the installation. The Fallbrook Land Conservancy acquired the easement through DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative, a program which supports cost-sharing partnerships between the military services, private conservation groups, and state and local governments to protect military test and training capabilities and wildlife habitats …

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