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Release No: 275-95
May 22, 1995

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OPENS SIXTH MEETING OF DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATIONTASK FORCE

Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security/Cleanup Patricia A. Rivers today opened the sixth meeting of the Defense Environmental Response Task Force (DERTF) in San Bernardino, California.

"The Department of Defense, along with community leaders and state and federal regulators, are pleased with the work that has been accomplished to date regarding cleanup and transfer of property. These partnerships play a vital role in helping the Department to cleanup its closing bases safely and transfer them to communities quickly," said Sherri W. Goodman, deputy under secretary of defense for environmental security.

The DERTF is a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) charged with providing findings and recommendations on environmental actions at military installations being closed or realigned.

The goal of this meeting is to examine environmental issues associated with the cleanup and reuse of closing military installations. The success of the President's five-part program to revitalize communities affected by closure of installations, and particularly the successful implementation of the Fast-track cleanup portion of that program, greatly depends on the partnerships that have been built, not only within the federal government, but also with states, communities, and the public.

This DERTF meeting includes several presentations on issues related to base closures: Superfund reform, Fast-track cleanup implementation, generic remedies, environmental measures of merit, clean air issues, future land use, unexploded ordnance, and contracting.