States Battle with Pentagon over Cleanup
Every year, Congress gives the Pentagon roughly $30 million to hand out to states so they can oversee the cleanup of contaminated military bases. But a group representing state environmental officials accused the Pentagon at a Senate hearing yesterday of withholding the funds to pressure more than a dozen states to back off enforcement, the Post's Lyndsey Layton reported.
"In the worst-case scenarios, the Department of Defense is intimidating a state environmental agency into not pursuing enforcement," said Steve Brown, executive director of the Environmental Council of The States.
The hearing was called to look into the Pentagon's refusal to follow orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up three military bases in Maryland, New Jersey and Florida.
Wayne Arny, deputy undersecretary of Defense, said he was not aware that the Pentagon had withheld funds to the states and said the Pentagon was conducting its own cleanup operations because it disagrees with the EPA about procedures.
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