The Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for environmental restoration of properties that were formerly owned by, leased to or otherwise possessed by the United States and under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Defense. Such properties are known as Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS). The Army is the executive agent for the program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages and directs the program's administration. The scope and magnitude of the FUDS program are significant, with more than 10,000 properties identified for potential inclusion in the program. Information about the origin and extent of contamination, land transfer issues, past and present property ownership, and program policies must be evaluated before DoD considers a property eligible for Defense Environment Restoration Account (DERA) funding under the FUDS program. Environmental cleanup at FUDS properties is conducted in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.
The DoD has developed a website at: http://www.denix.osd.mil/uxo/ to provide educational materials about the dangers posed by unexploded ordnance (UXO) and munitions and explosives of concern. Sergeant Woof is the new face of the UXO safety education program and the site offers materials parents and teachers can use to teach children about the potential danger and the need to remember the 3Rs of unexploded ordnance safety -- Recognize, Retreat and Report. When anyone encounters or believes they may have encountered a munition, they should consider it extremely dangerous. To protect their family, friends and neighbors, everyone should learn and follow the 3Rs of explosives safety:
Recognize -- when you may have encountered a munition and the potential danger; stop, do not move closer;
Retreat -- never touch, move or disturb it; never remove anything near UXO;
Report -- call 911; immediately notify local law enforcement of what you saw and where you saw it.
Never attempt to dig up or uncover a munition -- leave this for our Nation's trained and equipped U.S. Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel to respond!
Please contact the Louisville District Public Affairs Office, at (502) 315-6773, for additional information.