Environmental Protection:

Status of Defense Initiatives for Cleanup, Compliance, and Technology

NSIAD-96-155: Published: Aug 2, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1996.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental cleanup, compliance, and technology activities.

GAO found that: (1) recent DOD initiatives affecting environmental cleanup include efforts to focus funding on actual cleanup, instead of study and oversight, better target funds through the use of risk determination, and devolve the budget process to the military services; (2) DOD lacks the data it needs to manage its environmental compliance program; (3) although DOD has required the services to use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classification system, DOD was unable to provide data on spending by EPA classification; and (4) DOD plans to implement an online strategic environmental technology plan that will show specific service requirements and match ongoing and planned initiatives.

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