Defence has a legacy of contaminated sites resulting from historical activities. Contamination of Defence land is principally due to past ignorance and/or expediency, a lack of adequate planning to improve processes and / or inadequate infrastructure required to manage potentially contaminating activities. Where contamination is identified, it needs appropriate management in order to safeguard human health, protect the environment and limit Defence liabilities.
To ensure the most effective and efficient management of land contamination on Defence sites (including the prevention of contamination, the management of current contamination and site remediation) Defence has developed a Defence Contamination Management Strategy (DCMS) and Pollution Prevention Strategy (DPPS) outlining Defence’s objectives and responsibilities for the management of contamination within its estate.
The Directorate of Environmental Remediation Program – is responsible for the development of contamination management and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Policy for Defence. The Environmental Remediation Program delivers the contamination management and remediation Strategy and Policies that ensures the proper management of contamination risks across the Defence estate. The Senior Environmental Managers (SEM) and Regional Environmental Officers (REO) support this role in the regions.