Effective Hazardous Waste Management: The Newest DoD Challenge
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Handling environmental matters effectively is the most difficult challenge facing the Department of Defense DoD in the years ahead. After a history of disregard and apathy for environmental concerns, the military community has begun to reduce and eliminate environmental pollutants. Although DOD is making progress on many environmental issues, hazardous waste management still poses the greatest challenge. In order to reduce subsequent hazardous waste disposal costs and avoid potential cleanup problems, DOD, Defense Logistics Agency and installations must provide a coordinated approach to hazardous waste management and minimization. To accomplish this, the author provides specific recommendations 1 Characterize hazardous waste accurately. 2 Dispose of hazardous waste only through reputable firms. 3 Eliminate bureaucratic hindrances to environmental compliance. 4 Train to specific tasks. 5 Increase environmental staffing and funding. 6 Interface actively with regulators. Implementation of the aforementioned recommendations will subsequently enhance DoDs efforts to achieve its long range environmental goals.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control