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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Navy Postpones Estimated Date to Transfer NAS Willow Grove

  • October 20, 2014
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Environmental issues at the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, including the recent discovery of perfluorinated chemicals in the groundwater on and around the installation, are forcing the Navy to push back the property’s transfer to the Horsham LRA until late 2015 or early 2016. The Navy had been planning to turn over about 600 acres at the 862-acre site located north of Philadelphia at the end of 2014, Gregory Preston, director of the Navy’s BRAC Program Management Office East, told the LRA last week. The groundwater contamination had not been anticipated, Preston said. “It’s an unfortunate outcome …

Navy Weighs in on Concord Weapons Station Reuse Plan

  • October 20, 2014
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The Navy has issued a draft environmental impact statement for the reuse of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California, bringing the city of Concord one step closer to gaining ownership of the 5,000-acre property. The study evaluates the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan, which the city adopted in 2012, as well as an alternative that allows for higher intensity residential development. The city’s plan calls for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres near the North Concord/Martinez BART station, with about 70 percent of the site preserved as parkland or open space …

Army Answers Questions about Airborne Pollution in Homes outside Ft. Gillem

  • October 19, 2014
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The Army and the LRA for the former Fort Gillem hosted a public forum last week to address residents’ questions about test results from the summer that revealed toxic vapor in dozens of homes. The Army has conducted vapor intrusion tests in 68 homes and one daycare center surrounding the installation located outside of Atlanta. The vapors are believed to stem from groundwater contamination that seeped off the post. The Army plans to install ventilation systems in the daycare. In the other homes, scientists still need to determine whether levels of contamination are high enough to justify installing ventilation systems and whether the Army should be responsible for the work, said Tom Lederle, chief of the Army’s BRAC office …

San Antonio Installations Well Positioned, City Officials Say

  • October 16, 2014
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Robust mission growth at San Antonio’s three military installations resulting from the 2005 round of base closures should shield them from a new BRAC, local officials told the City Council this week. The establishment of the Medical Education and Training Campus and San Antonio Military Medical Center served to bolster Fort Sam Houston and its satellite, Camp Bullis, Bob Murdock, director of the city’s Office of Military Affairs, told lawmakers. The region’s success in adopting “dark sky lighting” has helped protect operations at Bullis, which has become increasingly critical as the location for air medical evacuation training, he added …

Contractor Admits to Falsifying Environmental Data at Hunters Point

  • October 16, 2014
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The Navy’s cleanup contractor at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco admitted earlier this year to submitting false samples in an apparent effort to show that the soil was not radioactive, reports NBC Bay Area News. After the Navy determined in October 2012 that soil sample results were inconsistent with previous tests conducted at the same location, an investigation by Tetra Tech revealed that the samples actually came from different locations than the ones indicated. In reality, the samples were collected from areas that had already tested clean for radiological contamination …

Ft. McClellan LRA Celebrates Completion of UXO Cleanup

  • October 15, 2014
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Local dignitaries gathered at the former Fort McClellan in northeast Alabama on Wednesday for a final “big bang” marking the successful conclusion of the McClellan Development Authority’s 11-year effort to remove unexploded ordnance (UXO) from 2,781 acres of training ranges. Since the authority’s predecessor signed its first environmental services cooperative agreement (ESCA) with the Army in 2003 to assume responsibility for remediation, contractors have destroyed 14,338 munitions and recovered more than 2.9 million pounds of scrap metal …

Gamble Turns Pre-BRAC Closure into Thriving Technology Center

  • October 14, 2014
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Fifty-one years after local officials and business leaders in Greenville, S.C., made a bold decision to purchase the shuttered Donaldson Air Force Base from the government and convert it into an industrial park focusing on aviation, the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center is a key component of the region’s economy, Jody Bryson, the center’s president and CEO, writes in a commentary in the Greenville Online. The center is home to 99 companies, including technology, military, educational and advanced manufacturing firms. The center, which has an annual economic impact of $2 billion, hosts Donaldson Field, the largest general aviation airport in the state …

State Senate Passes Bill to Make Pennsylvania Base Commission Permanent

  • October 10, 2014
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The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday moved to protect the commonwealth’s installations from future Pentagon realignments, approving a measure to permanently establish the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission. “As other states commit tens of millions of dollars to boost their own military installations, our state government must make a concerted effort to ensure the Department of Defense continues to recognize the value of our facilities,” said state Sen. Richard Alloway II (R), who serves as co-chairman of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus. The commission was originally established by an executive order in 2012 to explore strategies to preserve and enhance the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC …

Monterey Leaders Form Group to Support Area Installations

  • October 9, 2014
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With a BRAC round looming and the Pentagon forced to slash expenses, a group of elected officials and community leaders from California’s Monterey Peninsula have formed an alliance to advocate for the region’s military missions and defense facilities. The Monterey Regional Defense Alliance is an effort to broaden support for local defense facilities — including the Presidio of Monterey/Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School — beyond the city of Monterey, said Mary Ann Leffel, president of the Monterey County Business Council. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the region’s installations now underway by the city likely will be one the alliance’s first agenda items, reports the Monterey Herald. About 10,000 people are employed in the local defense sector, generating a $1.4 billion annual economic impact. “The closure of one or more of these installations would be potentially catastrophic,” said Dino Pick, deputy city manager for the city.

County Continues Effort to Protect New Jersey Base from Encroachment

  • October 8, 2014
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The Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund is purchasing a 167-acre tract outside of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, extending the community’s effort to provide a buffer for the central New Jersey installation. In recent years, the county and the Pentagon have partnered to protect 13 properties totaling 8,574 acres neighboring the base, which sits in Burlington and Ocean counties, reported the Messenger-Press. DOD has provided $6.1 million out of a total cost of $14.8 million to purchase the properties. The purchase of another 11 properties by the base totaling 2,536 acres is pending …

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