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Thursday, March 13, 2003

On Thursday U.S. defence officials argued in Congress for an exemption from environmental laws they said hindered training, including for a possible war against Iraq.

Officials from the Pentagon and regulatory agencies told lawmakers some environmental laws had led to lengthy legal challenges and this jeopardized training for the fight against terrorism as well as a looming attack on Baghdad.

The military, while insisting it will continue to protect the environment, has proposed exemptions from legislation such as the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act...

Environmentalists, have however expressed concern that the Pentagon may be using the war as an excuse to erode these laws + introduce exemptions that would give the military a green light to dump spent munitions, poison the seas + endanger protected wildlife.