One of the report authors, Kim Stewart, says, “The military recognise the environmental values of the areas in which they train. But this does not stop them conducting live firing in areas where endangered species live, or using munitions and equipment that destroy habitat and contaminate into the future.”
“Military exercises are not required to submit Environmental Impact Assessments. Defence instead produce a Public Environment Report with no legal standing – a green washing exercise.
“The US defence forces have an abysmal record of pollution and destruction of the environment world-wide. They have a raft of exemptions from their own country’s environmental protection legislation. They have not remediated the places they have contaminated in the past, and people around the world continue to live with the toxic legacy of the US military in their homelands.
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Read the report, “US Bases in Australia: the social and environmental risks”.
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