Did You Know?
- Military installations and organizations must comply with ALL federal, state and local environmental laws.
- U.S. EPA has delegated 71% of their major programs to the states for enforcement.
- On average, state legislators propose 3,000 new state environmental laws each year.
- Over half of these state laws deal with “state unique” programs or requirements.
- On average, there are 2,500 new state environmental rules under development at any given time.
- There are 173 state or local regulatory agencies that write and enforce environmental regulations.
- There are approximately 1850 programs that must be tracked for new rule changes.
- States take 90% or more of all enforcement actions.
Why the Regional Environmental Coordination Program Exists:
- To protect the military’s ability to prepare U.S. Service men and women to defend our country by working cooperatively with state governments and federal agencies on environmentally-related issues to ensure continued access and use of the necessary land sea and air space.
- To monitor new environmental requirements and communicate these to commands and installations that must comply with these laws and rules.
- To educate lawmakers and regulators on military impacts, concerns and needs so informed decisions can be made.
- To coordinate issues that impact more than one Service within a geographic region.
- To monitor application of enforcement in each jurisdiction to ensure equitable treatment of the DoD