Pentagon Seeks Environmental Exemptions. Tell Your Representative to Say No.
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The Pentagon, which manages more than 20 million acres of public land in more than 400 communities nationwide, has asked Congress for broad, permanent exemptions from the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Superfund law.
The Pentagon is justifying its request on the grounds that enforcing these laws is interfering with military readiness-even though an investigation conducted last year by the Congressional General
Accounting Office found there was no evidence to support this claim.
These laws already allow the Pentagon to receive limited, case-by-case exemptions if there are legitimate conflicts between enforcing the law and protecting national security. To date, however, the Pentagon has never used these exemption options and has generally been a good steward of its lands and a good neighbor of the communities it operates in.
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