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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 528-00
August 30, 2000

MILITARY SERVICES, NEW JERSEY SIGN NEW ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENT

Today the Department of Defense and the military Services joined representatives of the state of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection to sign a multi-site cleanup agreement.

The innovative agreement supports an on-going effort to assess and eliminate the potential environmental and public health risks at military sites in New Jersey. The agreement is expected to speed investigations and cleanups at military sites and promote the use of the best, innovative cleanup technologies. Pennsylvania has previously signed a similar agreement.

"The Department of Defense embraces partnering as a way of doing business. Through the agreement, DoD and the state of New Jersey are committing to work together as one team to successfully and efficiently restore military lands," said Sherri W. Goodman, deputy under secretary of Defense for Environmental Security.

"The state and the communities that surround these sites will benefit from having a known plan for addressing future assessments and cleanups. The NJDEP and the military will be better able to manage time and budgets for the projects and the communities will enjoy sites that can be returned to productive use," NJDEP Commissioner Bob Shinn said.

The agreement will reflect the unique characteristics of the state and the needs of the military components to have consistency in the way they work in different states.

For more information on defense environmental matters, visit the Defense Environmental Network and Information Exchange web site at https://www.denix.osd.mil/