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  • Moffett Hangar 1: Attend the RAB June 11

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    Please attend and urge your friends and colleagues to attend the 7:00 pm
    Thursday, June 11, 2009 meeting of the Moffett Field Restoration
    Advisory Board (RAB), in Building 943, just outside the main gate, to
    make a show of strength of the continuing support for the restoration of
    Hangar One. This may be our last best chance to prevent the Hangar from
    becoming a neglected skeleton when the Navy removes the contaminated
    siding and roof.

    In October 2008, the national Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
    wrote the Navy:

    "We recommend the Navy develop a formal partnership with NASA to develop
    a single coordinated delivery schedule to re-skin the hangar and find a
    viable reuse for the building. We urge the Navy to apply additional
    funds to this effort and to work with NASA and its potential
    public-private partners whom also may provide funding to return Hangar 1
    to a viable, reusable building. Under such an integrated approach, the
    Navy could coordinate the timing of its undertaking with NASA and ensure
    a seamless transition from removal action to active reuse with little or
    no time where the frame is left without siding or roof."

    In January 2009, NASA Ames Deputy Director Lewis Braxton III told the
    RAB that NASA was negotiating with the Navy and private parties to find
    funding to restore the Hangar. His first-time presence at the RAB
    signaled, at long last, Ames management's intent to preserve and reuse
    Hangar One.

    Things were looking up.

    They are not looking so good right now. Reportedly, the Navy and NASA
    are not currently negotiating. Hurt by the financial crisis, private
    parties are not rushing to invest or contribute. On May 11, U.S. EPA
    approved the Navy's planned Removal Action - without restoration. The
    Navy plans to remove the siding and roof with no plan in place, let
    alone a coordinated reconstruction, to restore the building.

    At the RAB, I intend to propose a Hangar One Summit, in which our
    Congressional delegation, the agencies and private parties involved at
    Moffett Field, and our local governments would discuss, in roundtable
    format, ways to piece together the resources necessary to save the
    Hangar. I cannot guarantee that such a Summit would restore the Hangar,
    but I believe that if such an effort is not made the Hangar skeleton
    will sit there, unused, for years.

    Please forward this message to interested persons.


    Lenny Siegel
    Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
    a project of the Pacific Studies Center
    278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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