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Tuesday, March 30, 2004
  Be scared of the terrorists and don't look at what DoD is doing A letter to Marianne L. Horinko, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency written by House Reps John Dingell and Hilda Solis has this as part of the intro:
A review of the Superfund National Priority List (NPL) sites reveals
that 63 percent of the non-federal sites have reached construction
complete status but only 24 percent of the 141 Department of Defense
(DOD) facilities have attained construction complete status. This
dramatic disparity in cleanup progress between DOD facilities and
non-federal sites is very disturbing. The Superfund statute requires
that remedial actions at federal facilities subject to interagency
agreements "shall be completed as expeditiously as practicable" (Section 120(e)(3)).

In reviewing the NPL listings over the past three years, including the
one announced on March 8, 2004, it appears that no DOD facilities have
been listed. It also appears that no DOD facility has been proposed for
listing on the NPL in the past three years.


And, the following questions among a bunch of others:

4. Is it correct that no DOD facility has been listed on the NPL during
the Administration of President George W. Bush? Please explain why all such
listings have ceased since January 2001. Further, please identify all
such DOD facilities that have been assessed and evaluated as provided in
CERCLA Section 120(d) since January 1, 2001.

5. Is it correct that no DOD facilities have been, proposed for listing
on the NPL since the beginning of President George W. Bush's
administration? If so, please explain why.

6. In addition to Chanute AFB, five other DOD facilities have been
previously proposed for the NPL but not finally listed. They are Air
Force Plant 85 (Ohio), Arnold Engineering Development Center
(Tennessee), Rickenbacker Air National Guard (Ohio), Sunflower Army
Ammunition Plant (Kansas), and Wurtsmith Air Force Base (Michigan). For
each facility, please explain the reasons why its listing on the NPL has
not been finalized.


Just goes to show you, good national security comes at the price of your health. We will save you from the communists and the terrorists, but no one will save you from us.

And, this letter, also by John Dingell, is a pretty searing look at the on-going Haliburton investigation.

You should check out the letter, cause Rep John Dingell seems to have a serious concern that his words will hurt him or something. Even though I have Adobe 5.1, I can't copy and past any paragraphs from any of the letters on his site. Also, in the first letter above, I can copy and paste the entire document including Rep Solis' name and signature block, but if you look close, you will see that Rep Dingell's name is greyed, and I can't cut and past it. Why is that? I mean, Rep Dingell must have gone out of his way to ensure that only his info would not be copy-able. It's supposedly public communication done at tax payer expense, but why even post it to your website if you are not going to allow wider dissemination?
So, John, what are you afraid of? Are you making money on the side selling hardcopies to your constitutents? Enquiring minds want to know.

If anyone can get me a Word or Text copy of the letter, or tell me the secret to getting it myself, I'd appreciate it. 
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