Policy and Guidance
Defense Environmental Restoration Program Updates
Munitions Response Dialogue (MRD)
• DoD established the MRD to foster communication and collaboration between representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), DoD Components, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State environmental regulators, and Federal Land Managers (FLMs). These entities will use their experiences and expertise to exchange views, information, and advice relating to managing or implementing the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP).
• The MRD had a face-to-face meeting on January 14-15, 2014. During the meeting, DoD, EPA, State environmental regulators, and the FLMs provided updates on munitions-related initiatives. Attendees participated in breakout sessions to discuss land use controls; and advanced classification technology, including data quality, Quality Assurance Project Plans, and training.
• The next face-to-face meeting will be in May 2014.
Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Mid-Year Meeting
• ASTSWMO's mission is to enhance and promote effective State and Territorial programs for waste and materials management, to encourage environmentally sustainable practices, and to affect relevant national waste and materials management policies.
• The Association holds two general membership meetings each year, and a number of specialized roundtables, workshops or conferences for specific program areas of high interest.
• The next meeting will be held on April 23-24, 2014, in Virginia Beach, VA.
-The meeting will feature the theme “Transitioning Long-Term Management,” with speakers discussing national trends and program issues regarding this important topic from the perspectives of State, EPA and other attendees. This topic is intended to cover long-term management of sites as well as of the programs themselves.
-Program-specific sessions will focus on the meeting theme as well as examine relevant topics of interest to State and Territorial managers. During program-specific public policy forums with federal officials, meeting participants will discuss current and evolving issues of mutual interest and concern.
DoD establishes goals to measure cleanup progress for each program category. The Defense Environmental Programs Annual Report to Congress contains DoD’s progress toward program goals.
• FY2012 Fast Facts