The Department of Defense today reported to Congress the progress it continues to make on the environmental stewardship of military lands and their assets. In its fiscal 2004 Defense Environmental Programs Annual Report, the department describes the status of its four major environmental management programs.
ConservationManagement of DoDs natural and cultural assets, including inventorying natural and cultural resources on military installations. Last year, inventory for biological resources on military lands rose nearly 80 percent.
Environmental RestorationCleanup of military properties contaminated from past defense operations. At the end of 2004, DoD had restored 61 percent of its installations and properties.
ComplianceSustainment of operations in compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations to protect human health and the environment while ensuring Americas defense readiness. In the first half of calendar 2004, 94 percent of DoDs permitted waste water systems met regulatory standards for discharge levels.
Pollution PreventionReduction in use of hazardous materials and generation of solid and hazardous waste. In 2004, the department diverted nearly 61 percent of its solid waste from entering disposal facilities, exceeding one year early the 2005 goal of 40 percent.
The defense environmental programs are well established and succeeding in reaching our environmental priorities, said Alex Beehler, assistant deputy under secretary of defense for environment, safety, and occupational health. We will continue to meet the environmental challenges ahead and demonstrate progress with increasing transparency.
The fiscal 2004 Defense Environmental Programs Annual Report to Congress is available at http://www.denix.osd.mil/DEP2004 .