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Pentagon Seeks Environmental Exemptions. Tell Your Representatives to Say No.
September 2003

Sierra Club Activist Resource

one-minute activistPrint clip and send the coupon at the bottom of this page to your representative, better yet, write your own letter to:

Your representative's name
U.S. House of Representative
Washington, DC 20515

You can also call your representative at the Capitol Switchboard :
(202) 224-3121.

To find out who your representative is, go to the Sierra Club's Web site and take action, go to www.sierraclub.org/planet/redirect/pentagon.

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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