Thursday December 15, 2011
What is it?
The Army Environmental Compliance Program (ECP) is part of the overall Department of Defense (DOD) compliance program to meet air, water, hazardous waste, and toxic and solid waste requirements of all applicable federal, state, and local regulations in the United States and environmental obligations overseas.
What has the Army done?
The Army has developed a comprehensive program to meet the requirements of the:
Clean Air Act - Current Army operations within the United States result in reported emissions of 400 tons of hazardous air pollutants and 18,000 tons of other regulated air emissions. The Army is pursuing a policy of continuous pollutant reductions through process improvements and research. This will result in cleaner air and fewer required permits.
Clean Water Act - Current Army operations within the United States require 700 permits with requirements for water quality monitoring and reporting. The Army seeks to reduce the number of required permits through planning and design controls that maintain or restore natural hydrologic cycles. Restoring natural hydrologic cycles results in cleaner water, less erosion, and reduced permitting requirements.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - Current Army operations in the United States generate 27 thousand tons of hazardous waste. The Army program for continuous reduction of hazardous waste reduces disposal cost.
Safe Drinking Water Act - Current Army operations in the United States provide drinking water to a population of 1,500,000 people. Where possible the Army is turning over water plant operations to local public and private water plant operators. This partnering with private industry provides continuity of drinking water and saves the Army the tremendous cost of water plant modernization.
Solid Waste Disposal Act (pdf) - Current Army operations in the United States generate 2.3 million tons of solid waste. Army programs divert 60 percent (1.3 million tons) of solid waste for recycling. This program of diversion saves landfill cost and landfill space.
What continued efforts are planned by the Army ?
The Army will ensure sustained compliance by monitoring and evaluating current compliance status, pending regulatory requirements, and anticipated compliance deadlines. Treaties, international agreements, and DOD policy guide the Army ECP outside of the United States.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army ECP ensures that the Army meets its environmental compliance requirements for all Army operations, activities, and installations. In doing so, the Army provides for continuity of operations while protecting the environment.
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment)
Army Regulation 200-1 Environmental Protection and Enhancement
DOD Instruction (DoDI) 4715.6 Environmental Compliance
DODI 4715.5 Management of Environmental Compliance at Overseas Installations
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