Opposition kills Ruthsburg security site
The federal government is expected to announce today that it is abandoning plans to place a new $100 million-plus State Department security training center on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The proposal met with opposition from local environmentalists and others opposed to turning 2,000 acres of rural farmland into a campus-like facility that would include test tracks to train diplomats in evasive driving maneuvers, a mock urban area for anti-terrorist training, shooting ranges and a bomb explosion pit.
Federal, state and Queen Anne's County elected officials initially welcomed the proposal to build the facility at the tiny crossroads community of Ruthsburg. The politicians soon backed off in the face of determined local opposition.
Still unclear is where the project might be built. Opponents had argued that existing federally owned land in the region provided the needed space for the training center, formally known as the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center.