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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Sacramento County to Accept 528-Acre Parcel at McClellan AFB via Early Transfer

  • January 24, 2013
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Sacramento County and its developer McClellan Park LLC shortly will receive 528 acres of land at the former McClellan Air Force Base in the third early transfer of property at the Northern California base. In addition to accepting the parcel, the county and its developer will take on responsibility for cleaning up the first 15 feet of soil below the surface of the property …

Declining Budgets Reinforces Military’s Reliance on Industry, AFCEC Director Says

  • January 23, 2013
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With funding expected to be constrained for the foreseeable future, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center increasingly is looking to the private sector to help the service’s installations meet their environmental remediation, renewable energy development and maintenance needs, Center Director Joe Sciabica wrote this week in a commentary. “We can no longer count on consistent and predictable funding to meet our sustainability needs …

Appeals Court Finds Environmental Liability Statute Has Broad Application

  • January 21, 2013
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LRAs and developers may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief that they can rely on a federal statute to protect them from liability for undiscovered contamination at BRAC sites, following a federal appeals court ruling earlier this month concluding that regulatory actions carried out by environmental agencies are covered under the law. The decision by the Federal Circuit — which reverses the finding of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in a case brought by Indian Harbor Insurance to recover costs to remove soil contamination at the former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Tustin, Calif. — settles for now the question of how broadly the federal courts will interpret Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization act …

Reuse Plans Advance at Onizuka Following HUD Approval

  • January 14, 2013
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Plans to locate a community college campus and affordable housing at the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California are moving ahead, after the Department of Housing and Urban Development last month approved the site’s redevelopment plan. A local housing agency has proposed building 120 family housing units for residents earning less than $64,000 …

Ft. Ritchie LRA Considers Reuse Options after Taking Site Back from Developer

  • January 9, 2013
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Less than six months after taking back the former Fort Ritchie from its developer, PenMar Development Corp. wants to have a new reuse plan for the 591-acre central Maryland property located just over the Pennsylvania border. The LRA plans to hire a real estate consultant shortly and complete a redevelopment plan later this year …

Navy Closes in on Final Transfer of Roosevelt Roads to Puerto Rico

  • January 7, 2013
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The Navy last month conveyed two parcels totaling 2,036 acres at the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads to the commonwealth of Puerto Rico via an economic development conveyance, marking the final property transfer at the base located on the island’s eastern tip. The Navy had conducted public auctions for those parcels on two previous occasions, but neither attempt resulted in a suitable bid …

Conference Agreement Fails to Extend Environmental Protections to Non-BRAC Sites

  • December 19, 2012
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A bid to extend liability protections afforded BRAC sites to installations closed outside of the base closure process when unknown contamination is discovered fell short, as negotiators this week omitted language that had been in the House version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill from the conference report. The provision would have extended the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to all bases closed after Oct. 24, 1988 …

Lawmakers Push to Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Sites

  • December 17, 2012
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A group of seven House members representing districts with closed Army ammunition plants is pressing the chamber’s conferees to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill to preserve language extending liability protections afforded BRAC sites to installations closed outside of the BRAC process when unknown contamination is discovered. The language, which would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to all bases closed after Oct. 24, 1988, is included in the House version of the annual defense policy bill but was left out of the Senate version …

Ft. Monmouth LRA Accelerates Sale of Housing Parcel

  • December 16, 2012
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The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority is selling two residential parcels that could be used for permanent housing by residents who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy and no longer want to live in a floodplain. Local officials believe the former Army post in coastal New Jersey, which did not experience flooding in the October storm, may be attractive to homeowners who don’t want to pay higher insurance rates or live in an area that is vulnerable to flooding …

Settlement Reached in Litigation over Schilling AFB Cleanup

  • December 13, 2012
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The city of Salina, Kan., and other local entities said on Thursday they will vote on a consent decree with the federal government settling their claims associated with the cleanup of the former Schilling Air Force Base. The settlement, which stems from mediation ordered by U.S. District Court, provides for the first steps toward a comprehensive cleanup of the property. According to the consent decree, the U.S. government will pay 90 percent of the cost, $8.4 million, and the Salina entities will pay 10 percent, $936,300 …

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