The Army's Overarching Vision for Environmental Cleanup communicates its commitment to cleaning up environmental contamination.
In April 2003, the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installations and Environment, directed that environmental restoration and compliance-related cleanup be unified under a single Army Environmental Cleanup Strategy. The Army Environmental Cleanup Strategy integrates the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) for Active Installations, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS), overseas remediation, and the compliance-related cleanup program.
The purpose of this consolidation is to optimize program efficiency, accountability, and consistency by applying common objectives and requirements to all cleanups associated with past and current Army operations in support of installations and transforming the Army.
An important aspect of the Army Cleanup Program is tracking and reporting costs associated with environmental restoration, corrective actions, and response actions. Additionally, costs associated with environmental activities related to facility closures or activity terminations must also be tracked and reported. These costs are reported as Environmental Liabilities on the Army's various financial statements.
The Army Environmental Cleanup Strategy is a roadmap to guide the Army in attaining its environmental cleanup vision. The Cleanup Strategic Plan for FY10/11 identifies a framework for implementing the Cleanup Strategy during fiscal years 2010-2011. The Program Management Plan, Active Sites (FY 2013) was developed to implement the objectives outlined in the 28 March 2009 update of the Army Environmental Cleanup Strategic Plan.
There are nine objectives under the Army Environmental Cleanup Strategy: