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ERIC Number: EJ772850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
The Success of a National Dialogue on Sustainable Military Range Management
Siegel, Lenny
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v22 n1 p117-121 Win 2003
Military munitions are the silent giant of hazardous waste management and cleanup in the United States. Toward the end of the first Clinton administration, the Navy and Air Force prevailed upon the Army--the armed service with the biggest ordnance problem--to consider co-sponsoring a formal dialogue on military munitions facilitated by the Colorado-based Keystone Center. The dialogue on the ordnance problem would, it was hoped, build on a previous success with respect to the investigation and remediation of industrial hazardous wastes on its current and former properties. Immediately after Clinton's second inauguration, to determine the scope of the problem, the armed services and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened in Alexandria, Virginia, the National Dialogue on Military Munitions, including many of the stakeholder groups from the previous dialogue. The key result was that by sitting down with environmentalists, regulatory agencies, and others, military environmental officials and range operators learned that they could manage their ranges better, protecting the environment and reducing the obstacles to continue training. With two dialogue-induced successes under its belt, the Pentagon is now considering applying the process to yet a third issue, that of encroachment. This paper suggests an alternative approach: a dialogue on sustainable range management. The new dialogue would apply the goals of sustainable range management, as codified by the Munitions Dialogue, to the broader issues raised at the congressional hearings.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; United States; Virginia