Environment: Trouble over Trident

Since most military projects are intimately involved with national security, can't they be excused from the requirements of environmental law? That was the question at issue last week when a federal judge in Washington, B.C., refused to issue an injunction to halt construction of a base vital to the Navy's $15 billion Trident submarine program. Judge George Hart's ruling set the stage for a February trial that will pit environmentalists and landowners against the Navy and a new type of "public interest" law firm.

The case dates back to 1973 when the Navy announced...

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