It’s not just New Orleans that’s abused by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Here’s a hair-raising story about the Corps maneuvering to silence community-based groups that protest its policies.
The story involves a poorly managed toxic waste dump that includes nuclear materials from the US weapons program.
“Apparently public participation is good until it gets to impact what they do,” Walter D. Garrow, former chairman of the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works Restoration Advisory Board, said about the corps’ dismissal of his organization.
The corps, overseeing an investigation into radioactive and chemical wastes at the former ordnance works, announced in January it wants to organize a new community group. Group members say corps officials have been sending the message that they’re asking too many questions and seeking too much background information.