Opponents of a proposed Navy landing field
in eastern North Carolina have scored a victory in Washington.
Language that would block the Navy from building the field was
included in a defense bill passed today in the House. That's
according to a spokesman for Congressman David Price.
The provision that Price and Representative G-K Butterfield
helped get inserted into the bill would repeal authorization of
current and future funds for the field proposed for Washington and
Butterfield and Price say they pushed for the language because
of a range of concerns about the site, which is located near the
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
The House's National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 now goes
to the Senate, which is working on its own defense bill.
With broad opposition to the preferred site, Navy Secretary
Donald Winter has told Butterfield and Representative Walter Jones
that he would seriously consider alternatives.