Hazardous Waste:

Siting of Storage Facility at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas

NSIAD-87-200BR: Published: Jul 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on Department of Defense (DOD) actions to ensure proper disposal of hazardous materials at Kelly Air Force Base (AFB), including site selection and storage.

GAO found that: (1) DOD took appropriate steps in selecting Kelly AFB for the storage of its toxic waste materials; (2) the Texas Water Commission will issue a final decision on the DOD request for a permit for the storage building in 4 to 5 months; (3) when local residents became aware, through publication of the permit application, that hazardous waste was stored at Kelly AFB, they reacted adversely; and (4) DOD did not prepare environmental assessments of the sites under consideration. GAO also found that: (1) the Air Force Logistics Command established environmental management offices throughout its air logistics centers for the purpose of ensuring compliance with environmental issues; and (2) although all of the air logistics centers' review committees include federal and state representatives, some do not include local representatives.

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