DUSD(ES) OPENS NINTH MEETING OF DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION TASK FORCE AT KELLY AFB, TX.
Today, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental
Security Sherri W. Goodman opened the ninth meeting of the
Defense Environmental Response Task Force (DERTF) in San Antonio,
Texas. The DERTF is a Federal Advisory Committee charged with
providing findings and recommendations on environmental actions
at military installations being closed or realigned.
"The Department of Defense is fully committed to clean up at
closing bases. said Goodman. "DoD is meeting the challenges
ahead as we work with our partners in the regulatory agencies and
in communities on cleanup and reuse of property at closing
The goal of this meeting is to examine environmental issues
associated with the cleanup and reuse of closing and realigning
military installations. In particular, this visit offers the
Task Force the opportunity to examine the strong partnerships
Kelly AFB has built with state, local, and federal agencies, and
the community, as well as to provide some insight into how other
installations can most effectively address privatization efforts
early in the process of reuse and remedy selection. The success
of the President's five-part program to revitalize communities
affected by the closure of installations, and particularly the
successful implementation of the 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 discussion on issues related to
clean up of closing bases: lessons learned about coordination of
environmental cleanup and redevelopment requirements, state
involvement in the fast-track cleanup program, environmental
insurance, the relationship between the Restoration Advisory
Boards (RAB) and the Local Reuse Authority (LRA), environmental
measures of merit, and future land use.