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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Groton Base Saving Itself?

I've been against the use of the "environmental cleanup costs" card for saving Subase New London (believing that they can make a better case using proposed future force structure numbers) but I think that they may have found something that could tip the BRAC commission into voting to retain the base. It appears that the State of Connecticut signed an agreement with the Federal government back in 1994 that would dramatically increase the potential decontamination costs; basically, it seems to say the government would have to restore the base to make it fit for residential areas, vice the lower "industrial" standard. Excerpt:

"The Navy has pledged $23.9 million toward making the base clean enough for industrial uses once it is closed. But Blumenthal said the 1994 agreement reached between the state, the Navy and Environmental Protection Agency requires the cleanup meet strict radiation standards that apply equally to industrial and residential areas. Many sites will be required to meet the residential standard for all contamination. And Blumenthal believes Connecticut has the ability to go to court and enforce that agreement. The U.S. Navy said it was reviewing the 1994 agreement and could not comment on Blumenthal's assertions."

Looks like someone in Connecticut's been doing their homework...


Blogger Subsunk said...

But how much radioactive cleanup is there? Gimme a break, the last 10 yrs worth of NR reports indicate there is negligible contamination in the river, and I know of no land based cleanup that couldn't be fixed easily.

I used to live farther up 12 and Pfizer had a dumping ground across from my property that contaminated my well, so they gave me and everyone else on the road free water for the life of the property. If the state let Pfizer get away with that, they would have a hard time telling the US govt they had to fix things better than Pfizer. Of course the US govt, can probably afford to fix it.

I still think Groton is toast.


6/15/2005 2:08 PM

Blogger Vigilis said...

subsunk is correct. "Residential standards" has been the abiding criterion for Groton. Cleanups there surpass anything I have ever heard about, so far. There are always a few surprises, but the base is neither a UXO repository, chemical leachate site, or radioactive dump. Since Nautilus, the base has been conscientous about potential environmental fallout. Hydrocarbon residues I could believe, but that's in a lesser category.

Groton has a unique vulnerability that has been know since before WWII. With the GWT, it is probably time to move the subs -although I think training should stay there for legacy reasons.

6/15/2005 5:43 PM


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