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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.


NEWS RELEASE April 26, 2002


Congressman Robert A. Underwood's amendment to address unexploded ordnance in Guam was included in the Defense Department's Fiscal Year 2003 budget during Friday’s mark-up of the bill by the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Readiness.

The amendment would establish a single point of contact at the Department of Defense for policy and budgeting issues regarding unexploded ordnance and discarded military munitions.

"This is a landmark move," the Congressman said, adding that he worked with a number of organizations in Washington to develop the amendment.

"This will help facilitate the cleanup of ordnance on Guam, and help other communities across the country. When unexploded ordnance issues are confronted, instead of dealing with them service by service or agency by agency, the Department of Defense will have a single point of contact that will determine national policy and budget priorities for clean up."

The amendment also allows for the creation of an independent advisory and review panel by the Department of Defense that could include community participation to resolve unexploded ordnance cleanup issues. If established, the panel would report annually to Congress on DoD's performance on ordnance clean up issues.

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office: 2418 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-1188 Fax: 202-226-0341 Email: 

Guam office: 120 Fr. Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, GU 96932 Tel: 671-477-4272 Fax: 671-477-2587

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