INTRODUCTION OF THE ``ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS FOR LEASE AND DEVELOPMENT OF NON-EXCESS PROPERTY OF MILITARY DEPARTMENTS ACT'' -- (Extensions of Remarks - December 18, 2007)
HON. BOB FILNER
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2007
* Mr. FILNER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to introduce legislation to take reasonable steps to prevent avoidable disasters related to seismic activity in connection with the lease and development of non-excess property of military departments, H.R. 4719.
* In San Diego. California, the Department of the Navy is planning a mixed-use development along the downtown waterfront that will incorporate not only a new Navy headquarters, but also business, commercial, and housing elements. It has come to my attention that the land in question is within the Uniform Building Code, UBC, Seismic Zone 4.
* My bill requires the lease for this development to be revoked unless the Secretary of the Navy determines that seismic activity would not have any significant impact on any
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portion of the proposed development. My bill would also extend this requirement to other leases on which no substantial construction has already begun.
* In my view, it is only reasonable to require a scientific review of this issue before construction begins. Please support H.R. 4719.