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The siege is now a blitzkrieg. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to “expedite” construction of the long-delayed $155 million World War II Memorial on the National Mall by a 400-to-15 vote. The House resolution echoes a Senate bill introduced by Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.) eliminating further administrative or judicial oversight on the memorial’s controversial design and site. The protracted memorial battle has focused mainly on legal concerns, but environmental contamination at the site (including arsenic and other toxic chemicals) has raised substantial questions yet to be answered by memorial planners or the Environmental Protection Agency (“All This and World War II,” 4/13). The National Capital Planning Commission had ordered a new public hearing to be held June 13, but Senate approval would sweep away all remaining obstacles to the memorial construction. —Richard Byrne