The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District (USACE), the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have formed a non-binding partnership to address potential human health and ecological risks in ground water and soils. All cleanup activities are being performed by the USACE and their contractors. WDEQ, with assistance from the EPA, provide oversight to ensure that all requirements are met.
The Atlas sites are being investigated for the Department of Defense (DOD) by the U. S Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District (USACE). The sites fall under the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) program, which follows the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), or “Superfund” process, although the sites are not on the Superfund National Priorities List.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implements Federal laws designed to promote public health by protecting our Nation’s air, water, and soil from harmful pollution. EPA accomplishes its mission by a variety of research, monitoring, standard setting, and enforcement activities. EPA also coordinates and supports research and antipollution activities of State and local and tribal governments, private and public groups, individuals, and educational institutions. EPA also monitors the operations of other Federal agencies for their impact on the environment.
EPA’s purpose is to ensure that:
- All Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work.
- National efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information.
- Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively.
- Environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy.
- All parts of society: communities, individuals, business, state and local governments, and tribal governments, have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks.
- Environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive.
- The United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.
More information about what EPA does is available at www.epa.gov.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) provides regulatory oversight of the Formerly Used Defense Sites program (FUDS) in Wyoming, with assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 8 (EPA-8), and local governments.