WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) announced that this year’s national security authorization legislation includes funding for a new wastewater treatment plant supporting Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) Twentynine Palms. The House Armed Services Committee is expected to vote on the bill later this week.
The current wastewater treatment facility was constructed in 1952 and has undergone numerous modifications to support the increased demand of up to 28,000 people during the months when there are military training exercises. Additionally, the current facility can no longer meet either the state issued permit requirements or the state and federal water conservation requirements. It is prone to excessive evaporation, causing the installation to lose approximately 4.1 million gallons annually of treated wastewater.
Rep. Cook said, “The wastewater treatment plant has far exceeded its useful lifespan and needs to be replaced. The new facility would not only serve the Marine Base and its mission, but possibly the City of Twentynine Palms in the future. I’m pleased that this year’s national security legislation includes funds for this critical facility, and I’ll continue to advocate for it as this bill moves through the legislative process.”
A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
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