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Attorneys for the federal government and the city of Salina, Kan., and other local agencies will meet next month for their first mediation session in an attempt to settle a protracted dispute over the cleanup of TCE at the former Schilling Air Force Base. The city and the other agencies filed a federal lawsuit last year to force the government to pay for the cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater …READ MORE
Defense Department officials are asking military families and community members for their opinion on the quality of DOD schools, including the support provided relocating families and those coping with deployments. The department will use the feedback to craft a new DOD Education Activity Community Strategic Plan, a document intended to guide the activity through 2016 …READ MORE
The city of Alameda has been awarded a $225,000 grant by OEA to prepare an economic development strategy for Alameda Point, the city’s reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Alameda. The strategy is expected to produce a targeted approach to leveraging the city’s existing tenant base and attracting new companies and organizations to the 918-acre site …READ MORE
The military’s investment in clean energy increased 300 percent to $1.2 billion from 2006 to 2009, with annual investments projected to reach $10 billion annually by 2030, according to a new study released by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Those numbers demonstrate DOD’s potential for spurring the growth of the nation’s green energy economy …READ MORE
While local and state officials from across the country fret about the potential for substantial reductions in defense spending over the coming years, many defense communities already are coping with major budget cuts. Workers at Fort Benning, Ga., are anxious about plans to cut the post’s civilian payroll in the new fiscal year by 15 percent …READ MORE
The Oak Harbor City Council is considering paying for a feasibility study needed to convince the Navy to lease unused waterfront property at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station to a boat builder seeking to expand its operations. An expansion by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders could add 100 high-paying jobs to the city, but negotiations among the city, the Navy and Nichols had reached a standstill …READ MORE
So far, enrollments at school districts surrounding Fort Benning have climbed only slightly as a result of new missions coming to the post under BRAC. School systems have gained only a fraction of the thousands of students projected to arrive at area schools …READ MORE
Last week’s announcement that the Army had finished destroying chemical weapons stored at Anniston Army Depot was good news for the government and the community, but it also forces local officials to consider the future of almost 1,000 workers employed at the incinerator. Most of those jobs are safe for now, as workers decontaminate and destroy portions of the incineration complex …READ MORE