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11-10-2006

Fort Lewis Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) was awarded the distinguished FY 2005 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award

TRS is proud to announce that the Fort Lewis Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) was awarded the distinguished FY 2005 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award in the Environmental Restoration Installation category.

The Fort Lewis ERP is responsible for managing four sites on the CERCLA National Priority List (NPL), 12 non-NPL CERCLA sites and RCRA Corrective Actions at 100's of sites.

The Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH) remediation project at the East Gate Disposal Yard was recognized as one of the CERCLA sites in the Fort Lewis ERP award submittal. By using ERH the team has recovered and destroyed more than 2,800 pounds of solvents and 24,000 pounds of various other hydrocarbons from the landfill. The ERH project has prevented future groundwater contamination and has reduced the projected cleanup timeline from the very distant to the foreseeable future.

When the Army decided it needed to verify the effectiveness of ERH at Fort Lewis, since the technology has the potential for application at other DoD sites, the in-house Fort Lewis ERP team provided the necessary leadership to keep a complex team of researchers and stakeholders from Fort Lewis, the US Army Environmental Center, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USACE, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, multiple teams of university researchers and various contractors on schedule and within budget.

The Fort Lewis environmental management strategy involves use of an inhouse team of qualified professionals to complete routine engineering work rather than relying solely on support from outside organizations. The most immediate and notable results of the Fort Lewis management strategy to date have been: 1) significant cost savings; 2) increased performance in restoring land for military missions; 3) improved ability to successfully employ innovative technologies for site investigation and cleanup; and 4) improved community relations and regulator acceptance.

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