Original Date: 09/15/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Base Realignment and Closure Clean Up Team, Fort Wingate Depot Activity
The President’s Plan established a Base Clean Up Team (BCT) for DOD installations slated for closure or realignment where property was available for community transfer. A typical BCT is comprised of one representative from DOD, one representative from the state, and one representative from the EPA. The plan empowers the team with the authority, responsibility, and accountability for all Environmental Cleanup Programs at these installations, emphasizing those actions which are necessary to facilitate reuse and redevelopment. In 1995, a BCT was formed at Fort Wingate Depot Activity (FWDA), New Mexico.
The BCT is responsible for 45 environmental sites. Of the 45 sites, four have confirmed contamination. The early stages of the BCT have seen accelerated progress. The confirmed contaminated sites are currently in the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) Phase. Following the RI/FS is the Remedial Design Phase, followed by the Remedial Action Phase.
The BCT conducts quarterly meetings chaired by the BRAC Environmental Coordinator and a DOD representative. The benefits of the BCT include better communication among all parties, elimination of duplication of effort, best utilization of limited resources, and proper exchange of information with a reduction in document review time. The forum of the meetings consists of project reviews followed by team decision making.
As the progress accelerated, challenges were encountered due to personnel changes by the State. The State of Utah’s changing participation resulted in decelerated decision making, therefore impacting the schedule of restoring and transferring property. Meetings were held with Army Materiel Command and the State of Utah to resolve the participation issues at hand.
The FWDA BCT has seen successes met with challenges. Implementation of the President’s Plan resulted in an accelerated schedule toward reuse and redevelopment of FWDA. The BCT efforts provide for a complete transfer of property to the community.
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