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ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION: Corps Needs to Reassess Its Determinations That Many Former Defense Sites Do Not Need Cleanup
The Department of Defense (DOD) estimates that cleaning up contamination and hazards at thousands of properties that it formerly owned or controlled will take more than 70 years and cost from $15 billion to $20 billion. These formerly used defense sites (FUDS), now owned by states, local governments, and individuals, are used for parks, farms, schools, and homes. Many of these properties, which can range in size from less than an acre to many thousands of acres, were acquired or used by DOD more than 30 to 40 years ago and in some cases more than 100 years ago.
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