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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

Fayetteville Officials Concerned about Possible Cuts at Ft. Bragg

  • January 24, 2013
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Despite concerns expressed by local officials in communities surrounding Fort Bragg, N.C., over the possible loss of thousands of personnel at the post as the Army shrinks its end strength over the coming years, the region’s congressional delegation is preaching calm. The Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment released last Friday evaluates the environmental impacts of potential adjustments to forces at 21 installations expected to experience a gain or loss exceeding 1,000 military personnel …

Kansas Communities Strengthen Links with Ft. Riley

  • January 23, 2013
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In the face of budget cuts and a pending BRAC round, the state of Kansas is making the case to preserve the missions of its five military installations. At a meeting Wednesday of the Governor’s Military Council, Gov. Sam Brownback said one strategy the state should pursue is supporting bases by sharing costs and resources. Perhaps the state should take over road maintenance for Fort Riley, if legal, he suggested …

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 …

Measure to Combat Encroachment Held up in Virginia Senate

  • January 16, 2013
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Virginia lawmakers have decided to set aside legislation intended to fight encroachment until they have time to make changes to mollify opposition over the role it would offer the military in local planning matters. The bill calls for “the requirements and concerns of military installations [to] be recognized and addressed in consideration of future development” by local planning commissions …

Sierra Vista Will Need to Adapt to Spending Cuts at Ft. Huachuca

  • January 15, 2013
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Sierra Vista, and surrounding Cochise County, have benefited tremendously from a steady increase in defense spending at Fort Huachuca since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, helping to buffer southeastern Arizona from the most recent recession. Climbing DOD budgets, however, are a thing of the past, forcing the region to accommodate a decline in defense employment and payroll …

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 …

Air Force Has Little Left to Cut … Except for Bases, Secretary Says

  • January 9, 2013
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The Air Force has undergone a dramatic downsizing over the past decade to produce a force that is smaller than before 9/11, eliminating more than 30,000 personnel and retiring nearly 1,900 aircraft. Shrinking the Air Force has been the only effective response to declining budgets that would maintain readiness, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley explains in a series of commentaries this week …

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