Laws and Regulations
DoD Directive 4715.1 E: Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH) (PDF)
Establishes policy on Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH) to sustain and improve the DoD mission; continues to authorize the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB).
DoD Directive 4715.12: Environmental and Explosives Safety Management on Operational Ranges outside the United States (PDF)
Establishes policy for sustainable use and management of operational ranges located outside the United States and for the protection of Department of Defense (DoD) personnel and the public from explosive hazards on operational ranges located outside the United States.
DoD Directive 4715.11: Environmental and Explosives Safety Management on Operational Ranges within the United States (PDF)
Establishes policy and assigns responsibilities under DoDD 4715.1 and DoDD 6055.9 for sustainable use and management of operational ranges located within the United States, as well as for the protection of DoD personnel and the public from explosive hazards on operational ranges located within the United States.
DoD Environmental Justice Strategy (PDF)
DoD will integrate the President's policy on environmental justice into its mission by ensuring that its programs, policies, and activities with potential disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority and low-income populations are identified and addressed. Affected communities will be partners in the process to address these concerns; together, we will build a foundation that reflects an awareness and understanding of environmental justice issues. In addition, DoD will annually evaluate progress in implementing and maintaining compliance with the provisions of the Executive order.
Comment on the DoD Environmental Justice Strategy
Please use the attached form to leave comments on the DoD Environmental Justice Strategy
DERP Manual - DoDM 4715.20 (March 2012) (PDF)
The Acting Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L) signed DoD Manual (DoDM) 4715.20, Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) Management on March 9, 2012. DoDM 4715.20 (DERP Manual) is a significant update of guidance established in 2001. The DERP Manual implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides guidance and procedures for conducing environmental restoration at DoD facilities and managing the DERP. In addition to implementing DoD Directive 4715.1E and DoD Instruction 4715.7, the DERP Manual aligns the Department's environmental restoration activities with statutory requirements, increases transparency of cleanup efforts, and provides Installation Commanders greater flexibility and authority to consider mission requirements when sequencing cleanup work.
DoD 6055.05-M, Occupational Medical Examinations and Surveillance Manual (PDF)
Dated 5/2/2007, incorporates Change 1, 9/16/2008
DoD Instruction 4715.19 Emerging Contaminants (PDF)
This Instruction establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for the identification, assessment, and risk management of emerging contaminants (ECs) that have the potential to impact the Department of Defense in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5134.01 (Reference (a)) and the guidance in DoDD 4715.1E, DoD Instruction 5000.02, and Defense Acquisition University Risk Management Guide (References (b), (c), and (d)).
DoDI 4715.16: Cultural Resources Management (PDF)
This Instruction establishes DoD policy and assigns responsibilities under the authority of DoD Directive (DoDD) 5134.01 (Reference (a)) and in accordance with DoDD 4715.1E (Reference (b)) to comply with applicable Federal statutory and regulatory requirements, Executive orders (E.O.s), and Presidential memorandums for the integrated management of cultural resources on DoD-managed lands.
DoDI 4715.14: Operational Range Assessments (PDF)
Establishes and implements procedures used to assess the potential environmental impacts of the use of military munitions on operational ranges; assists the DoD Components in determining whether there has been a release or a substantial threat of a release of munitions constituents of concern from an operational range to an off-range area; assists the DoD Components in determining whether a release or substantial threat of a release of munitions constituents of concern from an operational range to an off-range area creates an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment; assists the DoD Components' ability to prevent or respond to a release or substantial threat of a release of munitions constituents of concern from an operational range to an off-range area.
DoDI 4715.13: DoD Noise Program (PDF)
Establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for a coordinated DoD noise program; provides for the establishment of a DoD Noise Working Group (DNWG).
DoDI 3200.16: Operational Range Clearance (PDF)
Implements DoD policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for conducting range clearance pursuant to DoDD 3200.15 and in conformance with DoDD 4715.11 and DoDD 4715.12.
Proposed & Final Regulations
Policy & Guidance
2009 Hex Chrome Minimization Policy (PDF)
April 8, 2009 ATL policy memo on minimizing the use of Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+ or HexChrome).
New DOD Policy - Reimbursement of State Activities in Support of the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) (PDF)
DUSD(I&E) announces the release of a new Defense Environmental Restoration Policy that allows DoD Components to consider pursuing alternative approaches for reimbursing costs of state services in support of the Defense Environmental Restoration Program.
DUSD(I&E) Memorandum, (PDF)
DUSD(I&E) Memorandum, (PDF)
USD(AT&L) Memorandum, (PDF)