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Environmental Contamination: Information on the Funding and Cleanup Status of Defense Sites
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program DERP, the Department of Defense DoD is responsible for cleaning up about 5,400 sites on military bases that have been closed under the Base Realignment and Closure BRAC process, as well as 21,500 sites on active bases and over 4,700 formerly used defense sites FUDS, properties that DoD owned or controlled and transferred to other parties prior to October 1986. The cleanup of contaminants, such as hazardous chemicals or unexploded ordnance, at BRAC bases has been an impediment to the timely transfer of these properties to parties who can put them to new uses. The goals of DERP include the following 1 reducing risk to human health and the environment, 2 preparing BRAC properties to be environmentally suitable for transfer, 3 having final remedies in place and completing response actions and, 4 fulfilling other established milestones to demonstrate progress toward meeting program performance goals. This testimony is based on prior work and discusses information on how DoD allocates cleanup funding at all sites with defense waste, and BRAC cleanup status. It also summarizes other key issues that GAO has identified in the past that can impact DoDs environmental cleanup efforts.
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