Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) joined Congressman Todd Young (R-IN) and other Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Conferees of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) supporting inclusion of language from the Base Redevelopment Indemnification Correction (BRIC) Act in the bill. The BRIC Act would require the Department of Defense to assume responsibility for environmental problems at former military facilities with fewer than 300 civilian employees, such as the former Cornhusker Ammunition Plant in Grand Island, as they do for other military facilities which closed after 1988.
"The Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant in Grand Island deserves the same protections as other military installations around the country," said Smith. "I appreciate the efforts of the Department of Defense at the Grand Island facility and this provision will clarify the department's responsibility and help encourage future economic development at this site."
The language of the BRIC Act was included in Section 2813 of the House-passed NDAA, but was not included in the Senate-passed version of the bill.