Record Display for the EPA National Library CatalogRECORD NUMBER: 10 OF 13
|Military base closures : role and costs of environmental cleanup /
|Bearden, David M.
|Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress,
|Military base closures--Environmental aspects--United States--Costs ; United States--Armed Forces--Environmental aspects--Costs ; United States--Armed Forces--Reorganization
|6 p. ; 28 cm.
"Updated November 15, 2005."
The upcoming 2005 round of military base closings has stimulated interest among potentially affected communities in how the bases to be selected for closure might be economically redeveloped to replace lost jobs. Environmental contamination can present a challenge to economic redevelopment, if funding or technological constraints would limit cleanup of the land to a degree that would be safe for its intended use. Most of the lands on bases closed under the previous four rounds have been cleaned up for their intended reuse, and have been transferred for redevelopment. However, some bases have yet to be cleaned up to an extent that would be adequate for the planned land use, presenting an obstacle to replacing lost jobs. Bases closed under the 2005 round could face similar delays in redevelopment, if a community's preferred land use would necessitate a costly and time-consuming degree of cleanup.