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MISSION: In order to sustain the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Novosel's training, readiness, and quality of life needs, we will provide the guidance, actions, and customer assistance necessary to comply with all environmental laws and regulations, prevent pollution where possible, protect and conserve vital natural resources, and continually improve our operations.

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Installation Restoration

The Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP), established in 1984, is the comprehensive Department of Defense (DoD) program to identify and remediate past hazardous waste or contaminated sites at its installations and formerly occupied properties. The Installation Restoration Program (IRP) is the major element of the DERP and is the program through which DoD installations meet the requirements of these laws:

  • 1976 - Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • 1980--Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA),
  • 1984 - Federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) to RCRA
  • 1986--Superfund Reauthorization and Compensation Act (SARA)
  • 1987--Executive Order 12580

The IRP is funded by a special appropriation called the Defense Environmental Restoration Account (DERA). The IRP differs from the other environmental compliance programs in that it focuses on past operations, generally prior to 1980. 

DPW-ENRD manages Fort Novosel's IRP. Fort Novosel partners on its IRP issues regularly with the Corps of Engineers, investigative and remediation contractors, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), and the EPA. An Installation Action Plan (IAP) is reviewed and updated annually to reflect the site and issues which require attention. Fort Novosel's Restoration/Clean-Up Program operates in accordance with an ADEM issued RCRA Hazardous Waste Corrective Action Permit. Fort Novosel currently has 12 sites that are undergoing investigation, remediation or long-term monitoring.

Under the RCRA regulations, all investigative, assessment, and cleanup activities consist of these basic steps:

  • RCRA Facility Assessment (RFA). This is the initial screening phase in which site visits, historical data searches about land use or past site activities, and often on-site sample collection takes place to determine potential problems.
  • RCRA Facility Investigation/Corrective Measures Study (RFI/CMS). The RFI is a detailed study that includes soil and water sampling to determine the extent of contamination. It also includes a health assessment which seeks to estimate risks to human health and the environment as a result of the contamination. The purpose of the CMS is to identify alternatives for remediation or cleanup of the site. After a public comment period, the proposed plan is recorded in a document called a Statement of Basis.
  • Corrective Measures Implementation (CMI) and Interim Measures (IM). The CMI is the final remedy taken to eliminate the environmental contamination such as removing waste or contaminants from a site or treating waste or contaminants on-site. The IM may be required or undertaken over the short term to address the contamination before the complex, full-fledged CMI begins.

If investigation shows that significant contamination is present, a site may be placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). This is a docket in which both private and federal sites are prioritized for cleanup funding based on a release or the potential for release of contaminants. No Fort Novosel sites are on the NPL. 

AR 200-1 requires that Army Installations establish an Administrative Record File in order to provide public access to information about clean-up activities at the installation. An Administrative Record File contains documents that support the clean-up remedy that was chosen for each site and other applicable information. The Administrative Record File is located in building 1121. 


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Installation Restoration Program Manager
(334) 255-1657
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