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Angela Logomasini, Director of Risk and Environmental Policy for CEI, says amendments to the 1990 Clean Air Act required thousands of industrial facilities to file “risk management plans” with the EPA, including “worst case scenarios”, in case of a catastrophic accidental chemical release. Despite objections from the FBI and CIA, pressure from “public interest groups” led to the posting of much of this information on Internet sites, including the EPA’s. Since September 11th, the information has been removed from the EPA website, but Logomasini says many “reading rooms” throughout the country still have this information readily available—information that could “inadvertently assist our foes.”
Sean Paige, a journalist and former CEI Warren Brookes Fellow, this month reports in American Enterprise magazine the alarming news that military training sites across the country are “hunkered down, besieged by government regulators, national environmental organizations, and civilian citizen groups seeking to stop or severely restrict exercises they say are disturbing the peace, threatening endangered species, or polluting the air, land and sea.” Top military officials have taken their concerns to Congress, claiming “military readiness will tumble unless the new obstacles to training are cleared away.”
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