Department of Defense Activities Related to Trichloroethylene, Perchlorate, and Other Emerging Contaminants
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2007-07-12 GAO – Department of Defense Activities Related to Trichloroethylene, Perchlorate, and Other Emerging Contaminants

Two emerging contaminants–trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchlorate–are of particular concern to DOD because they have significant potential to impact people or DOD’s mission. TCE, a degreasing agent in metal cleaning which has been used widely in DOD industrial and maintenance processes, has been documented at low exposure levels to cause headaches and difficulty concentrating. High-level exposure may cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, unconsciousness, cancer, and possibly death. [Read More…]

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1990-05-23 GAO – The Military Would Benefit From a Comprehensive Waste Disposal Program

Senator John Glen requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s oversight of the Department of Defense’s use, handling, and disposal of radioactive material. The GAO found that no comprehensive DOD waste disposal program exists, and none of the three services knows the full extent of its low-level radioactive waste disposal problems. As a result, DOD leaves itself open [Read More…]

Better Data Needed for Radioactively Contaminated Defense Sites - GAO
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1994-08-24 GAO – Better Data Needed For Radioactively Contaminated Defense Sites

On December 22, 1992, Senator John Glenn requested that the General Accounting Office (GAO) investigate whether the Department of Defense (DOD) has accounted for all of its radiologically contaminated sites.  The GOA found that the DOD could NOT identify the location, isotopes, or amount of radioactive material disposed of at its bases.  1994-08-24 GAO – Better Data Needed For Radioactively Contaminated Defense Sites (PDF, [Read More…]