Department of Defense Air Pollution Control

Progress and Delays Gao ID: LCD-77-305 July 18, 1977

Pollution from stationary sources at some Department of Defense (DOD) installations will continue to pollute the nation's air for several years. Federal agencies had until July 1, 1975, in most areas of the country, to comply with federal air pollution standards.

While some steps have been taken to control air pollution, DOD needs to do much more to comply with emission control standards. DOD and its military services did not know, as of July 1, 1975, if their installations were complying with air pollution standards. More DOD installations could have been in compliance by the deadline if the services had evaluated the status of their installations sooner. The controllable causes of delayed compliance by the military services were long delays in deciding how to control emissions and lengthy project design phases. The uncontrollable causes were the energy crisis, the lack of technology, and the unforeseen construction delays. Several state and local officials were uncertain whether they should be involved in consent agreements and whether they could enforce compliance commitments under such agreements. The Army and Air Force do not have a procedure to guarantee that environmental protection recommendations are carried out.


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