Defense Logistics:

DOD Addressing Concerns About Its Fuel Depot in Norwalk, California

NSIAD-93-17: Published: Oct 14, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined whether the Department of Defense's (DOD) studies on the safety of the Defense Fuel Support Point in Norwalk, California, adequately considered alternatives and used appropriate criteria to assess them; and (2) obtained information on how DOD addressed concerns raised by the city.

GAO found that: (1) DOD identified and assessed three alternatives, including maintaining the status quo, reducing operations, or closing the facility and developing an alternate supply route; (2) DOD decided that retaining the facility and reducing the amount of fuel stored was the preferred alternative, and did not pose an inordinate danger to residents; (3) DOD took steps to address the safety and environmental issues raised by the city; (4) DOD commissioned studies assessing earthquake dangers and identifying the source, extent, and types of on-site and off-site contamination, together with actions, planned or implemented, to enhance safety and physical security and clean up contamination; and (5) DOD responded in two instances to allegations of economic hardship by an owner and a lender who wished to finance nearby property.

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