Over 4,000 Responses Gathered on Army's Proposed Cuts

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/27 2014 04:09PM

Updated 08/27 2014 04:14PM

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Over 4,000 people submitted letters, emails and signed a petition to voice their opinions in response to possible future cuts at Army installations.

According to a statement from Fort Leonard Wood, the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) has been working with local and regional agencies to collect comments from the public in response to the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA).

The SPEA looks at the socioeconomic impact of possible future cuts at Army bases, which includes Fort Leonard Wood.

Fort Leonard Wood is estimated to lose up to 5,400 civilian and military positions by 2020.

In 2013, the army base lost about 1,000 military and 200 civilian positions due to the Programmatic Environmental Assessment that year.

SOP asked citizens to send emails and letters directly from their website to the U.S. Army Environmental Command voicing their thoughts on the possible position cuts.

The SOP also provided a letter citizens could download and mail, or email, directly to the Army and a petition was also set up on an external website.

A spokesperson for Fort Leonard Wood says this year’s public comment period was almost double the region’s response to the 2013 PEA, which gathered 2,200 responses.

The SOP calculated that 4,134 citizens submitted letters, emails, and signed the petition by the August 25 deadline. Those citizens submitted 2,255 letters and 1,879 citizens signed the petition. These numbers do not take into account the emails and letters that were sent directly to the Army.

The SOP says they will continue to monitor the results from the public comment period and provide future updates regarding official response numbers as they become available.

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