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Environmental Cleanup: Better Communication Needed for Dealing with Formerly Used Defense Sites in Guam

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Technical Report

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Government Accountability Office WASHINGTON DC United States

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The unexpected discovery of World War II-era chemical testing kits containing diluted mustard gas and other chemicals on private property in Guam, apparently left when the Department of Defense DOD relinquished use of the property, has raised questions about other contamination that may remain in Guam and the adequacy of DODs efforts to identify and address the contamination. DOD is responsible for cleaning up the environmental contamination resulting from its past operations throughout the United States and its territoriesa huge undertaking that involves both public and private lands and tens of billions of dollars. The task is especially complicated on formerly used defense sitesproperty formerly owned or used by DOD and now owned by private parties or other government agenciesbecause DOD often does not know where all of the contamination is located or what types of contamination may exist.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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