In this period of financial difficulties that the United States is currently facing, the Department of Defense (DoD) must closely observe its obligations to do environmental remediation at overseas installations. The DoD remediation standard, to abate known imminent and substantial endangerment (referred to as "KISE"), is typically far exceeded in order to promote foreign goodwill and strengthen our relations with the host country. The current fiscal reality in the United States will not allow this to continue unless essential to maintain operations in the host country.
This article will take a broad look at the federal laws, international agreements, executive orders, and DoD rules and regulations that shape United States environmental compliance and remediation obligations while operating military installations and facilities overseas. Additionally, this section will focus on the importance of the DoD having a sound environmental stewardship to promote foreign goodwill and strengthen relations with the host country so as to protect United States national security.
After an introduction to DoD environmental requirements while operating overseas, this article will shift focus to examine the specific rules and regulations that are applicable to environmental remediation of contamination caused by United States military while operating in South Korea.
Finally, this paper will apply the DoD environmental remediation obligations discussed above to recent examples of environmental issues that occurred in South Korea. The purpose of this section will be to demonstrate the challenges related to accomplishing environmental remediation requirements at DoD overseas military installations while maintaining strong alliances and conserving limited financial resources.
|School:||The George Washington University|
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental Law, International law|
|Keywords:||Department of defense, Environmental cleanup, Environmental remediation, South korea|
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