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Imagine, for a moment, that a foreign nation has dispatched a band of terrorists to the United States. The intruders silently move across the landscape depositing toxic chemicals at a thousand sites around the country. Some of the toxic compounds quickly enter the rivers and underground reservoirs that supply America with drinking water. Other chemicals contaminate our neighborhoods and backyards where our children play. Still others sit like time bombs, destined to contaminate our water supplies after months, years, or even decades. The toxic chemicals carried by these enemies are the products of the most sophisticated laboratories on Earth. They cause birth defects, liver disease, and cancer. Their effects may be felt for generations.



Unquestionably, if this imagined threat were real, we would turn to the Pentagon to combat this threat to our national security. After all, the Pentagonís job is to defend the nation against outside enemies.



But what do we do when the threat comes, not from abroad, but from the Department of Defense (DOD) itself? What if our own worst enemy is the same institution that is charged with defending us?



We turn to environmental regulators like Rich Albright.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Chemical weapons disposal.
Explosive ordnance disposal.
Hazardous waste site remediation.
Bombing and gunnery ranges -- Environmental aspects.
Military bases -- Environmental aspects.