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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Greener Cleanups

EPA and Air Force Collaborate on Greener Cleanups

Tim Bridges, Air Force and Jane Diamond, US EPA

Download the memorandum (PDF)
(3pp, 1.1M)

Senior officials of the EPA and the Air Force recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) (3pp, 1.1M) (MOU) to collaborate and conduct environmental footprints analyses to support green and sustainable remediation (GSR) on Air Force installations in the Pacific Southwest Region.

This collaboration will  foster cleanups that protect public health and the environment today while helping to conserve and sustain  resources for future generations.”
—Jane Diamond, former Superfund Director for the EPA Pacific Southwest Region

The Air Force, EPA, and state agencies will jointly study how to measure the environmental effects of a restoration activity and then recommend best practices to minimize the environmental impacts of these cleanups. These best practices can include water reuse, soil consolidation, alternative energy sources, and optimization of groundwater pump and treat remedies.

The objective of the MOU is “to share data and strategies on conducting the greenest cleanups with the smallest footprint possible. The savings in reducing our environmental footprint can then be reinvested into other areas of our nation’s defense, thus sustaining the quality of life we enjoy today.
—Tim Bridges, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health

All parties agree that this “one government” approach will leverage expertise, avoid duplication, reduce costs, maximize environmental benefits and help achieve the President’s Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

Contact Information

Michael Gill (Gill.Michael@epa.gov)
US EPA Pacific Southwest Region
(415) 972-3054

David Bell (david.bell.3@us.af.mil)
US Air Force, Regional Environmental Office – West
(415) 977-8845

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