David Beach | 09/28/06 @ 2:06pm
News that the U.S. Coast Guard is conducting live-ammo weapons training on Lake Erie is raising concerns on both sides of the lake. Here's a Canadian news story that mocks the idea that we need to militarize the Great Lakes (are hoards of terrorists really flooding across the lakes by boat?) and wonders if innocent boaters will be accidentally sprayed by machine gun fire. In addition, there's the concern that thousands of rounds of lead bullets could poison wildlife (here's a summary of lead impacts on wildlife).
The Coast Guard has set up a website that explains how citizens can comment on the plan to establish permanent "safety zones" for weapons training on the Great Lakes. There's also information about a public meeting in Cleveland on October 23. Congressman Dennis Kucinich plans to meet with local environmentalists to discuss the issue at 2 p.m., October 5, at his district office, 14400 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.