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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 359-00
June 23, 2000

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RELEASES ENVIRONMENT, SAFETY, AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH REPORT

The Department of Defense today released its first "Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Report" citing its progress during the past seven years.

DoD has overseen reductions in aviation accidents, on and off-duty fatalities, pesticide use and greater than 50 percent reductions in hazardous waste disposal and toxic chemical releases. The report also cites progress in cleaning up the nation's active and formerly used defense sites with more than 60 percent of the sites cleaned up.

The report explains how environmental progress has been accomplished through the use of innovative technologies and new pollution prevention techniques that have cut waste and introduced new efficiencies in Defense procedures. The report also details the efforts made in open communications, sharing of information, and partnering with states, tribes, and local communities.

"I am extremely proud of the accomplishments cited in the report," said Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security Sherri Goodman, "however, DoD is not one to rest on its laurels. We will continue to provide world-class environment, safety and occupational health protection to our military and their families, and our communities."

The report can be viewed on the Web at https://www.denix.osd.mil/denix/Public/News/OSD/ESH-Report/toc.html

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