Environmental Contamination: Cleanup Actions at Formerly Used Defense Sites
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Corps estimates that it will spend at least 15 billion to 20 billion to clean up contamination and other hazards hereafter hazards at thousands of properties that were formerly owned, leased, possessed, or operated by the Department of Defense DOD or its components. These properties, located throughout the United States, are known as formerly used defense sites FUDS. The properties may contain hazardous, toxic, and radioactive wastes in the soil and water or in containers such as underground storage tanks. Such wastes can contribute to mortality and serious illness, or pose a threat to the environment. Other hazards, including unexploded ordnance and unsafe buildings, may also be present on the properties. As of October 1, 2000, the Corps, states, and other parties had identified 9,171 properties for potential inclusion in the FUDS cleanup program. The Corps is responsible for cleaning up the hazards, including removing underground storage tanks, and demolishing unsafe structures.
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
- Environmental Health and Safety