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, and 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 seven face-to-face meetings to date, with the most recent meeting taking place on August 25-26, 2015, in Arlington, Virginia. At the meeting, members of the MRD continued to discuss transitioning advanced classification to more common use in the field and the tools necessary to make that transition. These tools include the DoD advanced geophysical classification accreditation program, the updated advanced classification Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), and training. The group also discussed construction support for land use controls (LUCs) and underwater munitions.

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

    • DoD is planning the next MRD face-to-face meeting for February 17-18, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. During this meeting, the group will discuss information and details to include in decision documents, the munitions and explosives of concern QAPP, advanced classification training, and LUCs.

  • 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: 22 October 2015 at 10:31