Sierra Club opposed to Strykers in Hawaii

Group outlines Stryker concerns

The 2nd Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) is slated to convert to the Stryker LAV by 2007.

“We are concerned that the Army, the Pentagon and our elected leaders are viewing the environmental review process for this project as a mere formality instead of using it as the decision-making tool it is meant to be,” said Jeff Mikulina, director of the [Sierra] club’s Hawai’i chapter.

The Sierra Club also accused the Army of expanding its plans for the Stryker Brigade without properly studying the effect those changes were likely to have on the environment. It contends that although the Army has made progress in its stewardship of land it uses in the state, problems with inadequate cleanup at old sites and issues such as the recent fire in Makua Valley do not bode well for the impact of the new Stryker Brigade.

I’ll agree that the Army shouldn’t totally ignore the environmental impact of what it does or where it does it, but I’d say that it shouldn’t be an overriding concern during war. At all.

MO is concerned that the Sierra Club leaders are viewing the military review process for this project as a mere formality instead of the decision-making tool it is meant to be.