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Defense Environmental Restoration Program Updates

  • Munitions Response Dialogue (MRD)

    •DoD established the MRD to foster communication and collaboration between representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), DoD Components, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State environmental regulators, and Federal Land Managers (FLMs). These entities use their experiences and expertise to exchange views, information, and advice relating to managing or implementing the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP).

    • The MRD has held four face-to-face meetings to date, with the most recent meeting taking place on August 5-6, 2014, in San Luis Obispo, California. The MRD meeting included an observation of the unexploded ordnance advanced classification process that DoD is using at the San Luis Obispo Formerly Used Defense Site. During the meeting, DoD, State and Federal regulators, and FLMs discussed how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using the process, real-time quality control and quality assurance procedures for advanced classification, and more widespread use of the process.

    • The next MRD face-to-face meeting will take place on January 7-8, 2015, in Arlington, Virginia. At the meeting, members of the MRD will discuss: advanced classification, including developing an accreditation program; the updated Quality Assurance Project Plan; the target of interest library; and training. The group will also discuss issues surrounding Land Use Controls and underwater munitions.

    • DoD developed a fact sheet to provide information about each of the groups and their activities to transition advanced classification to more common use in the field.

  • Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO)

    • ASTSWMO's mission is to enhance and promote effective State and Territorial programs and to affect relevant national policies for waste and materials management, environmentally sustainable practices, and environmental restoration.

    • The Association holds two general membership meetings each year, and a number of specialized roundtables, workshops, and conferences for specific program areas of high interest.

    • The last meeting took place on October 29-30, 2014, in Reston, Virginia.

    -The meeting featured the theme “40 Years of Protecting Human Health and the Environment.” During the plenary session, meeting attendees discussed what they had learned over the past 40 years, what they need to focus on now and moving forward, and changes necessary to move environmental policy forward.

    -Program-specific sessions covered a variety of topics, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and Brownfields; the Military Munitions Response Program; hazardous waste and materials management; and tanks.

    • The next meeting will take place on April 22-23, 2015, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    • For more information about ASTSWMO, please visit this site.


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Last Modified: 19 November 2014 at 08:50