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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

LRA Positions Chemical Depot Site, Indiana Community for Successful Recovery

  • June 11, 2013
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Reuse efforts at the former Newport Chemical Depot are well underway despite the three-year wait planning officials in west central Indiana were forced to endure until the destruction of the nerve agent VX stored there was completed in 2008. DOD did not give the community the green light to start planning for the facility’s redevelopment until later that year, but since then the local redevelopment authority has moved quickly to recover from the loss of 690 jobs and $40 million in annual purchasing after the facility closed …

White House Veto Threat over Authorization Bill Cites BRAC Request

  • June 11, 2013
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Language in the House version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill precluding the Pentagon from planning for a new BRAC round was one of a multitude of provisions that prompted a veto threat from the White House on Tuesday. The statement said the administration “strongly objects” to the provision, which would prohibit DOD from spending any funds to “propose, plan for, or execute” an additional BRAC round …

Senate Panel Rejects Request for BRAC Round in 2015

  • June 11, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee failed to endorse the Pentagon’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it marked up Tuesday. Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said DOD cannot afford the upfront investment to carry out a new round and pointed to the dramatic rise in implementation costs for the last round over the department’s initial estimate in explaining the panel’s decision …

Senate Panel to Ignore Administration’s BRAC Request, Report Says

  • June 10, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee will not authorize the Pentagon to conduct a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up today, according to a summary of the legislation obtained by CQ. The news comes as no surprise. At a hearing in April, the subcommittee’s chairwoman and ranking member both voiced their opposition to a new round of base closures …

LRA Readies for Transfer of Property at Umatilla Chemical Depot

  • June 9, 2013
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Transfer of 9,462 acres at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot in northern Oregon could take place next year and, in the meantime, the Umatilla Army Depot Reuse Authority is working on transforming itself into an implementation LRA. The parcel most likely will be transferred via a no-cost economic development conveyance, Don Chance, the LRA’s project manager told the East Oregonian. About 3,000 acres would be used for industrial development …

BRIC Bill Would Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Closed Bases

  • June 9, 2013
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Former ammunition plants and other military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under legislation introduced last week by Indiana Rep. Todd Young. The Base Redevelopment and Indemnification Correct (BRIC) Act, H.R. 2258, would extend liability protections provided to developers of BRAC installations to all DOD facilities closed after Oct. 24, 1988. The provision would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to bases closed outside of the BRAC process …

Defense Bill Language Could Ease Return of Ft. Monroe Parcel

  • June 6, 2013
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The Fort Monroe Authority may not need to negotiate with the Army over the purchase price for a 70-acre parcel at the historic post not included in the acreage already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia. A provision in the House version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill directs the Army to convey the tract as close in time as possible to the transfer of 372 acres of the post already slated to return to the commonwealth …

Armed Services Committee Requests Justification for Army Drawdown Decisions

  • June 6, 2013
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With the Army on the cusp of announcing the locations that would lose brigade combat teams and additional personnel as it trim its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, lawmakers would like the service to provide them with justifications for the specific basing decisions. “In making final stationing recommendations, the committee fully expects the Army to demonstrate a business case analysis in support of each recommendation …

Compromise BRAC Language Voted Down in Committee

  • June 5, 2013
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In a vote that triggered an animated discussion, the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday rejected an amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would have allowed the Pentagon to begin planning for a new round of base closures without scheduling a new BRAC process, however. The provision would have reversed language in the annual policy bill barring the department from planning for an additional BRAC round, but at the same time, it would have prohibited DOD from launching a new round in 2014 or 2015 …

Senator Lent a Hand to Reuse of Kansas Ammunition Plant

  • June 4, 2013
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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) waged a seven-year battle with the Army and the Environmental Protection Agency to overcome separate roadblocks to the effort by the Great Plains Development Authority to recover from the closure of the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant following the 2005 round of BRAC. Without the third-term senator’s tenacity in pressing top federal officials to move the authority’s application for an economic development conveyance ahead, the LRA’s seven-year saga to obtain more than half of the property for redevelopment may never have ended …

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