September 19, 2008
Pentagon Said Blocking Pollution Cleanup
Efforts to force the Pentagon to clean up polluted military sites have led to U.S. Defense Department retaliation, state environmental officials say.
A group representing California, Colorado, Alabama, Ohio and about a dozen other states said in Washington they have been pressured by the Pentagon to back off the oversight of cleanup at polluted military sites. In some cases, the Defense Department allegedly held back federal oversight dollars due the states, the group said.
Wayne Arny, deputy undersecretary of defense, told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that he wasn't aware that the Pentagon had cut or threatened to withhold any oversight money. He said if he finds it to be true, he will stop the practice.