Northrop Grumman-U.S. Agreements: Cause and Effect?
|Nuclear aircraft carrier T. Roosevelt|
Northrop scored a $3.44 billion contract to support the Air Force's fleet of B-2 Stealth bombers, which will be good news for its Palmdale facility and the Antelope Valley economy. The deal worth up to $2.43 billion to refuel and overhaul the Theodore Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The latter job will involve 3,800 workers -- in Virginia.
Yesterday's EPA statement quoted Keith Takata, director of the Superfund program of the U.S. EPA's Pacific Southwest Office, who declared, "This settlement requires cleanup of the groundwater at the Puente Valley Operable Unit Superfund Site, which is an important step toward restoring this valuable source of drinking water."
In the past Northrop had been accused by some of getting handled with kid gloves by the Bush administration's EPA. Perhaps feeling flush with its war-toys profits, the company figured this was a good time to break out the champagne -- and bring out the Superfund mops.