Environmental Compliance Assessment Army Reserve (ECAAR)
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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In response to the growing number of environmental laws and regulations worldwide, the U.S. Army Reserve has adopted an environmental compliance program that identifies compliance problems before they are cited as violations by the U.S. Army Environmental Protection Agency USEPA. Because each Major Army Command MACOM was developing a separate assessment system, the Army mandated through Army Regulation 200-1 one unified Army-wide assessment mechanism. In 1991, the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories USACERL, in cooperation with a steering committee representing the 416th Engineering Command, began work on the Environmental Compliance Assessment Army Reserve ECAAR protocol manuals. This compliance assessment system combines Federal, Department of Defense DOD, and Army environmental regulations with documentation of good management practices and risk-assessment issues into a series of checklists that show legal requirements and list specific items or operations to review. Each assessment protocol lists an installation point of contact to help assessors review the checklists as effectively as possible. The ECAAR manual incorporates existing checklists from USEPA and private industry. This system was tested at San Antonio, TX, and Orland Park, IL, in 1991. The manual is updated continually to address new environmental compliance laws and regulations. Environmental compliance laws and regulations, Environmental Compliance Assessment Army Reserve ECAAR, Environmental compliance checklists.
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