Bredesen calls for new arsenal study, Finney announces full support

Bredesen calls for new arsenal study, Finney announces full support
Bredesen calls for new arsenal study, Finney announces full support | Sen. Lowe Finney, Milan Arsenal, Gov. Phil Bredesen

Sen. Lowe Finney
State Senator Lowe Finney (D-Jackson) voiced his full support Thursday for a new study concerning 600 production jobs at the Milan arsenal, as recommended in a recently released letter from Gov. Phil Bredesen.
 “These jobs are critical to the economic health of this area, and Governor Bredesen is right to ask for a more thorough study of the arsenal’s impact on our communities,”  said Finney, a member of the Gibson-Carroll Alliance.
“We re talking about well-paying jobs that are supporting families during a tough economy. We need these jobs now more than ever.”
 The arsenal is the subject of federal discussions to relocate 600 production jobs from West Tennessee to Iowa. Finney attended a meeting last week with the president of Army contractor American Ordnance and Army representatives at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and Cong. John Tanner.
The nine-page letter and memorandum from Bredesen to Army Secretary John McHugh outlines several issues in a recently conducted environmental assessment that fails to fully examine the importance of the arsenal to the regional economy.
 “In view of the inadequacies of the Environmental Assessment and the socioeconomic impacts of the relocation, I urge you to prepare a full environmental impact statement of the comprehensive effects of this proposed federal action,”  Bredesen writes.
“It contains conflicting statements about whether the depleted uranium demilitarization activities will generate a low level radioactive waste,” the governor added.
An independent study conducted at the request of the Carroll County and Gibson Chambers of Commerce estimated that the loss of the arsenal production jobs would result in a negative economic impact of $202 million to the state of Tennessee.
“This decision will have a ripple effect across the state, with the most powerful consequences occurring here in West Tennessee,”  Finney said.
“We can’t afford to take this lightly. A new study is only fair to our neighbors, and I am hopeful that the federal government will agree.” 
Sen. Lowe Finney represents Madison, Carroll and Gibson Counties. Contact him at sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov or (615) 741-1810 or 317 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243-0027.
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