- What is it?
The Compliance Cleanup (CC) program manages the cleanup of contaminated Army lands not covered by one of the two Army cleanup programs being conducted under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP). Compliance Cleanup generally includes sites on Army active (including Reserve), excess, and special installations, as well as on Army overseas installations. This program also includes cleanup at federally-owned as well as non-federally owned, but federally-supported Army National Guard (ARNG) sites.
Like the Installation Restoration Program and the Military Munition Response Program, the principal goal of CC at Army installations is to perform appropriate, cost-effective cleanup to protect human health, safety, and the environment, and to sustain operational readiness and training. CC is a key element of the broader Army Environmental Cleanup Strategy and its associated environmental Cleanup Strategic Plan.
As a decentralized program, responsibility for CC is spread among several program managers with ultimate oversight accomplished by the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM), Installation Services Directorate, Environmental Division. The Army Environmental Command is responsible for managing the CC program for active installations (including overseas) within the U.S. Army Installation Management Command and the Army Reserves. The National Guard Bureau provides oversight for the federally-owned and non-federally owned, federally-supported facilities under their command. The Base Realignment and Closure Division of the ACSIM provides oversight for the active installations, that have been declared excess to the Army's needs. Commands with a specific dedicated mission, e.g., Army Materiel Command (industrial), Medical Command (healthcare) and the Strategic Missile Defense Command have responsibility for oversight of the CC program for their installations.
- What does the Army have planned?
The Army will continue to fund, prioritize and support compliance-related cleanups. The process used to determine compliance cleanup project eligibility can be found in the Compliance Cleanup Program Eligibility Guidelines.
- Why is this important?
As with all public participation, RABs contribute to better decisions. They help provide more complete information in the form of public input that gives decision makers additional facts, values, and perspectives. This allows them to consider and incorporate the best information and expertise from all stakeholders. A progressive and successful public involvement program such as a RAB should prevent delays and assist, rather than deter, the project. A RAB that provides a balanced representation of the entire affected community can establish the basis for building relationships and trust.
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