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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Community College Coming to Former Onizuka AFS

  • December 4, 2012
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The Foothill-De Anza Community College District last week took a major step toward opening a new campus at the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California after selecting a general contractor for a planned $25 million education center. The district plans to acquire 9.2 acres of Onizuka at no cost for the multi-story structure slated to house classrooms, conference rooms, offices and food services. Construction is scheduled to take about three years, reported School Construction News. The Air Force station, located in Sunnyvale, closed following the last round of base closures. The city is the designated local redevelopment authority and is working with the Veterans Affairs Department to develop the remainder of the 23-acre site.

Senate Clears Authorization Bill

  • December 4, 2012
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After five days of debate and six months of waiting, the Senate approved the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill Tuesday on a unanimous 98-0 vote, setting up a House-Senate conference needed to hash out discrepancies between the two chambers. While there are numerous disparities between the two versions of the annual policy bill, Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed confidence the two chambers would be able to settle their differences …

Senate Bill Would Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Sites

  • November 29, 2012
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Military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under a bill introduced Wednesday by Indiana Sen. Dan Coats (R). The bill, a companion measure to language included in the House version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, would extend liability protections provided to developers of BRAC installations to all DOD facilities closed after Oct. 24, 1988 …

Parties Request Extension to Reach Settlement over Schilling AFB Cleanup

  • November 27, 2012
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The city of Salina, Kan., and the federal government asked a federal judge this week for an extension to reach a financial settlement over leftover soil and groundwater contamination at the former Schilling Air Force Base. Salina — along with Kansas State University and the local airport authority and school district — filed a lawsuit in 2010 to force the government to expedite cleanup at the base closed in the 1960s, reported KSAL. Contamination includes two plumes containing the industrial solvent TCE. After closing, Schilling was turned over to the city and became the Salina airport.

Army Completes Soil Cleanup at Nebraska Ordnance Plant

  • November 25, 2012
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The Army Corps of Engineers has finished cleaning up contaminated soil at the former Nebraska Ordnance Plant outside of Omaha, leaving remediation of polluted groundwater as the one remaining task. The corps began a preliminary investigation in 1991 of contaminated soil and groundwater at the 17,250-acre plant, which produced bombs and other munitions during World War II and the Korean War. The work left dirt and groundwater contaminated with explosive compounds and toxic solvents. About 8,650 acres are owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; some of the site is used by the Nebraska National Guard and Army Reserves, and some is owned privately, reported the Lincoln Journal Star. Groundwater contamination is extensive and cleaning it up is expected to continue for the next 120 years. The corps is treating four plumes, each two or three miles long and 200 feet to half-a-mile wide.

Newly Discovered Contamination Closes Bike Park at Former Orlando Base

  • November 14, 2012
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The Navy continues to test soil in one portion of the former Naval Training Center Orlando to determine the boundaries of newly discovered contamination. The Navy expects to finish removing contaminated soil within a year after it completes testing, reported the Orlando Sentinel. For residents, the discovery is setting back plans to open Orlando’s first mountain bike park. It also is proving frustrating as the Navy already has ripped up parts of the bike track built by volunteers in its search for contamination. The Navy previously performed an extensive cleanup of the tract before turning it over to the city for use as a park in 2009.

Ft. Monmouth to Open Shortly to House Storm Victims

  • November 13, 2012
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Fort Monmouth is expected to open by next week to provide long-term temporary housing to residents of coastal New Jersey displaced by Hurricane Sandy and last week’s nor’easter. Utilities should be restored at the former Army post by the end of the week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Wednesday. The site can accommodate between 400 and 500 families, reported NJ.com. Approximately 900 state residents are still in shelters. The state plans to use a lottery to select residents for the emergency housing, Christie said.

Officials Consider Housing Storm Victims at Ft. Monmouth

  • November 11, 2012
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Housing inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs visited Fort Monmouth on Friday to assess whether the former Army post could provide long-term temporary housing for residents of coastal New Jersey displaced by Hurricane Sandy and last week’s nor’easter. The inspectors gave good grades to 300 units in seven buildings that could accommodate 600 to 900 people, reported NJ.com. Other buildings could accommodate additional families …

Mare Island Cleanup Team Celebrates Honors

  • November 4, 2012
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The Navy’s BRAC Program Management Office last week was recognized for leading the restoration of a complex, 230-acre landfill at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif., an effort which saved $42 million and avoided a substantial amount of greenhouse gas emissions. For its innovative solution to capping the landfill, which resulted in the creation of 8.7 acres of new wetlands, improvement of 120 acres of existing wetlands and creation of new public access trails, the BRAC office earned a 2012 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award …

Jobs Plan for Army Base Redevelopment to Ensure Workforce from Oakland

  • November 4, 2012
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The Oakland City Council last week approved final language for an agreement with the city’s master developer for the former Oakland Army Base ensuring at least half of the estimated 2,800 construction jobs and 2,000 permanent jobs the project is expected to generate go to local residents. The project labor agreement with Prologis and California Capital & Investment Group also requires that at least 25 percent of employees used for the project be apprentice-level workers, and that all apprentices be Oakland residents …

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