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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Residents Protest Cleanup Effort at Former Kelly AFB

  • July 17, 2013
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Residents neighboring the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio held a protest Saturday outside the shuttered base to demand better monitoring of the effort by the Air Force to clean up contaminants left behind after decades of industrial activity. They also protested the Air Force’s decision to shut down the restoration advisory board that oversaw the cleanup, reported the San Antonio Express-News. Residents closest to the base believe elevated rates of cancer in their neighborhood stem from the hazardous chemicals dumped at Kelly …

Army Completes Last Major Transfer at Former Kansas Ammo Plant

  • July 16, 2013
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The Army handed over 4,112 acres at the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant to the facility’s munitions manufacturer, marking the next-to-last step in the lengthy process to transfer the property closed following the last round of base closures. The Army still retains a 10-acre parcel at the 13,000-plus-acre facility in southeastern Kansas which contains the former administration building. The transfer, announced by Day & Zimmermann Monday, allows the firm to continue operating at the plant in Parsons with nearly 130 employees …

Officials Celebrate Arrival of F-35 at Cherry Point Readiness Center

  • July 15, 2013
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Marine Corps leaders and elected officials hailed the arrival for modifications of the first F-35B Lightning II at Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East on Monday as the key to preserving a bright future for the depot, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and eastern North Carolina. “This is the day that we’ve been waiting for, the day that we’ve been waiting for for years,” said Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders, president of Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow. “This is the future of Cherry Point and FRC East. It couldn’t get much better unless this hangar was full of aircraft …

Village Considers Reuse Options for Former Illinois Air Base

  • July 14, 2013
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The village of Rantoul is considering a variety of alternatives for redeveloping the former Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., with agriculture playing a large role in several possibilities. One option is a food hub for both producers and consumers of fresh produce, offering a single site for production, aggregation, distribution and marketing, reported the News-Gazette. Such a hub would be a boon to small producers by introducing them to new markets …

Spending to Clean Up Legacy BRAC Sites Reaches $26B

  • July 4, 2013
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Total spending on environmental remediation and ongoing operations at installations closed in the first four BRAC rounds will surpass $26 billion by the end of September, according to the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. Appropriations for cleanup at legacy bases through FY 2013 total to $26.1 billion, although sequestration reduced this year’s $408.9 million allocation by an estimated $33 million …

LRA, LNR Look to Lure Commercial Development to Southfield

  • July 2, 2013
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Slow progress in attracting commercial development at Southfield, the reuse project at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, has prompted the base’s LRA to commission a study of the commercial market along Massachusetts’ South Shore. “I realize that’s the master developer’s responsibility, but because of the importance of attracting commercial development, we felt it was important for Tri-Town to take the lead …

Road Upgrades Still a Critical Need for Growth Communities, Committee Says

  • July 2, 2013
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The Defense Department needs to address “critical transportation infrastructure shortfalls” outside military installations, either through expanding the eligibility criteria for the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program or identifying other sources of funding, the Senate Appropriations Committee said in its report accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The committee’s request for the department to loosen the eligibility criteria for the DAR program — which is the only federal mechanism for the military to fund improvements to roads outside of an installation — echoes language in committee reports from previous years …

New Alabama Law Allows Communities to Better Support Installations

  • July 1, 2013
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Cities and counties in Alabama will be able to provide buildings and other facilities to neighboring military installations, under a new law taking effect Monday. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said the law, sponsored by state Sen. Arthur Orr (R), is intended to make the state more attractive for military expansion in a future BRAC round, reported the Gadsden Times. “Anything we can do to strengthen our position in Alabama, we are going to do,” the governor said …

Air Force Should Consolidate Infrastructure, Senate Appropriators Say

  • July 1, 2013
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The Air Force should continue its effort to consolidate its infrastructure, according to language in the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. “As the Air Force continues to scrutinize its infrastructure for savings, the committee recommends that the Air Force pay special attention to consolidating infrastructure and commands on its installations, including, but not limited to, communications, civil engineering and administrative facilities …

‘Don’t Assume You’re Safe,’ Principi Tells Alabama Panel

  • June 30, 2013
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Anthony Principi, chairman of the most recent BRAC Commission, last week urged state and local officials in Alabama to take action to prepare for the next base closure round, just as communities and states from across the country are. “You want to take every step now to avoid getting on the BRAC list for closure,” Principi told the Alabama Job Creation and Military Stability Commission while speaking at the state Capitol, reported the Montgomery Advertiser. “You are the boots on the ground and you know your installations better …

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