Proposed Sale of the Island
Despite the significant natural, cultural, scenic and recreational values of Plum Island, in 2008 Congress passed, and the President signed, PL 110-329, part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act. This legislation directed the sale of the “real and related personal property and transportation assets which support Plum Island operations, subject to such terms and conditions as necessary to protect government interests and meet program requirements,” if it should be determined that the PIADC should be moved to a new location. Pub. L. No. 110-329.A site in Kansas has subsequently been selected for the new facility, and the General Services Administration (GSA) is readying Plum Island for sale. Despite the fact that the law requires only sale of only those parts of Plum Island that “support Plum Island operations” GSA is seeking to sell the entire Plum Island in an auction to the highest bidder. Moreover, despite the fact that they were required to impose conditions to “protect government interests and meet program requirements,” GSA is failing to comply with provisions in the Endgangered Species Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, EPA cleanup requirements and other laws and programs designed to protect government interests in conservation and the environment.