Accession Number : ADA526619
Title : Superfund: Interagency Agreements and Improved Project Management Needed to Achieve Cleanup Progress at Key Defense Installations
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
Personal Author(s) : Stephenson, John B ; Raynes, Diane B ; Beardsley, Elizabeth ; Davidson, Pamela ; Fejfar, Michele ; Mausel, Justin ; O'Neill, Alison D ; Semeiks, Ilga ; Ward-Meier, Amy ; Theodoropoulos, Vasiliki
Report Date : Jul 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 74
Abstract : Before the passage of federal environmental legislation in the 1970s and 1980s, Department of Defense (DoD) activities contaminated millions of acres of soil and water on and near DoD sites. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certain oversight authorities for cleaning up contaminants on federal property, and has placed 1,620 of the most contaminated sites -- including 141 DoD installations -- on its National Priorities List (NPL). As of February 2009, after 10 or more years on the NPL, 11 DoD installations had not signed the required interagency agreements (IAG) to guide cleanup with EPA. GAO was asked to examine the following: (1) the status of DoD cleanup of hazardous substances at selected installations that lacked IAGs; and (2) obstacles, if any, to cleanup at these installations. GAO selected and visited three installations, reviewed relevant statutes and agency documents, and interviewed agency officials. GAO is recommending, among other things, that EPA and DoD identify options that would provide a uniform method for reporting cleanup progress at the installations and allow for transparency to Congress and the public. EPA and DoD agreed with the recommendations directed at them. GAO is also suggesting that Congress may want to consider giving EPA certain tools to enforce CERCLA at federal facilities without IAGs. DoD disagreed with this suggestion. GAO believes that EPA needs additional authority to ensure timely and proper cleanup at such sites.
Descriptors : *CONTAMINATION , *PROJECT MANAGEMENT , *INSTALLATION RESTORATION , *DECONTAMINATION , *MILITARY FACILITIES , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , AGREEMENTS , CLEANING , METRICS , TIMELINESS , SITE INVESTIGATIONS , REQUIREMENTS , FLORIDA , CONTRACTS , NEW JERSEY , LEGISLATION , MARYLAND , HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
Water Pollution and Control
Environmental Health and Safety
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE