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Army: No environmental impact from cuts

An Army study has determined that there would be no environmental impact from a planned reduction in military and non-military personnel by 2020, including at two sites in Maryland that could be affected. Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade were among the 21 facilities evaluated by the Army. In order to meet budget targets, the Army is scheduled to cut its personnel by 70,000 by 2020, though no decisions have yet been made about where the cuts will fall. A news release said: “The Army determined that there are no significant impacts, other than socioeconomic impacts, and that preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required.”