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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Facility Demolition follows Chemical Weapons Destruction at Army Sites

  • November 20, 2013
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Efforts to tear down multibillion-dollar incinerators are under way at three sites used by the Army to destroy the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile. The work, estimated to cost $1.3 billion, is taking place at Anniston Army Depot, Ala.; Umatilla Chemical Depot, Ore.; and Deseret Chemical Depot, Utah. Workers already have finished scrapping the Pine Bluff Chemical Demilitarization Facility in Arkansas and now are finishing the site’s cleanup …

Fort Monmouth LRA to Consider Changes to Reuse Plan as Needed

  • November 19, 2013
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If proposals from developers to purchase or lease property at the former Fort Monmouth, N.J., conflict with the post’s reuse plan, the LRA will revise it on a building-by-building basis rather than by overhauling the entire plan. Officials from the redevelopment authority and representatives from Cushman & Wakefield told the Asbury Park Press that it does not make sense to redo the entire plan as that would require approval from the towns of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls, the state of New Jersey and the Army …

White House Highlights Shortcomings of Authorization Bill

  • November 18, 2013
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The White House on Monday said it would not veto the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, but listed a number of provisions, including language precluding a new BRAC round, it has “serious concerns” with. The “Statement of Administration Policy” from the Office of Management and Budget said the administration “strongly objects” to language in S. 1197 requiring a formal review of the military’s overseas infrastructure before Congress would authorize a future base closure round …

Transfer of Ft. Monroe Land to Park Service Not Expected for Several Years

  • November 14, 2013
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The commonwealth of Virginia does not plan to transfer any property at Fort Monroe until the Army completes the required cleanup and, as a result, the National Park Service won’t gain ownership of the 325 acres designated a national monument until 2016 at the earliest. The Army transferred 313 acres to the state in June, but it still is removing contaminated sediment from the moat surrounding the historic stone fort. The state is holding onto the fort until the Army finishes that effort …

State Officials Find Additional Radioactive Contamination on Treasure Island

  • November 13, 2013
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Californian health investigators earlier this year discovered radioactive shards near apartment buildings on Treasure Island, raising new concerns about the threat posed by historical activities at the former Navy base located in San Francisco Bay. In an internal memo from earlier this year, state health officials warned there still might be dangerous radioactive waste on the island where children could come into contact with it, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. As of 2011, 575 shards had been unearthed …

Hill Staff Learn about LRA Challenges, Potential Legislative Solutions

  • November 13, 2013
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Two new pieces of legislation designed to aid the revitalization of closed military bases would help BRAC communities cope with a long-term decline in federal support for base redevelopment. At a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday, hosted by the House Defense Communities Caucus, representatives from the offices of Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) discussed changes to two existing tools for fostering redevelopment — the New Markets Tax Credit and the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program — to benefit closure communities …

Spokane Voters Reject Measure to Provide Buffer for Fairchild AFB

  • November 11, 2013
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Residents in Spokane County, Wash., last week rejected a measure to stave off encroachment around Fairchild Air Force Base by raising property taxes. The measure was designed to raise $18 million over nine years to purchase seven mobile home parks in the installation’s accident potential zone and relocate residents in the 188 affected units …

New BRAC Round Threatens Economic Impact of Military, Kentucky Official Says

  • November 10, 2013
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The impact of military spending in Kentucky rose from $3.2 billion in 2001 to $15.3 billion in 2011, but a future base closure round could eliminate many of the 72,000 military personnel and DOD civilians working in the state, David Thompson, executive director and chairman of the state Commission on Military Affairs, said last week. He expressed confidence, however, regarding the state’s two largest installations, Fort Knox and Fort Campbell …

Transit Access Bolsters Redevelopment at Concord

  • November 6, 2013
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Redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station is moving faster than legacy BRAC reuse projects in the San Francisco Bay area, including Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Naval Air Station Alameda, Mare Island Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island. “There is a potential that we will be able to accelerate our development faster than some of the other bases,” said Michael Wright, executive director of the Concord Reuse Authority …

At Groundbreaking, City Looks to Transform Oakland Army Base

  • November 5, 2013
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The city of Oakland formally broke ground last week on a $500 billion project to turn the former Oakland Army Base into a logistics and warehousing hub, a major stride toward replacing many of the jobs lost following the installation’s 1999 closure. The Global Trade and Logistics Center, located adjacent to San Francisco Bay, will add 1 million square feet of new warehouse space for the Port of Oakland in an effort to increase its competitiveness. The space will reduce the need to transport goods from the port to storage facilities across the city, as well as cut down on truck emissions …

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