posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 10:34 AM
I met with Mr. Dunham, and spoke with him about his former career and his lawsuit. I examined his credentials which, along with specific knowledge he
has about the base and programs, prove his bona fides.
As with the previous lawsuits of the mid 1990s, I just cannot understand why the government wouldn't simply pay the compensation. Besides being the
right thing to do, it would have avoided a lot of bad publicity and exposure of activities at Groom Lake.
The only good thing to come out of this has been the massive effort to mitigate environmental hazards at the base. Many people were afraid that the
presidential order exempting "the Air Force’s operating location near Groom Lake, Nevada, from any Federal, State, interstate, or local provision
respecting control and abatement of solid waste or hazardous waste disposal that would require the disclosure of classified information concerning
that operating location," would give the government carte blanche to get away with anything they wished at the secret site. Quite the opposite has
Inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency have been given access to the base. Satellite imagery clearly shows that the waste burn/burial
trenches have been cleaned up, and the landfill moved as far from populated areas of the base as practical. Aircraft parking ramps, contaminated with
decades worth of spilled fuels, lubricants, and deicing fluids have been excavated and replaced with clean concrete.
While the people who suffered from prior abuses have yet to be compensated, at least current and future workers are less likely to suffer.