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DoD Environment in the News
This New York Times article highlights ESTCP’s demonstration of a waste-to-energy technology, FastOx Pathfinder, that transforms trash into syngas, a combination of hydrogen and carbon monoxide that can be burned to generate electricity or made into ethanol or diesel fuel. The first-of-its-kind demonstration at Fort Hunter Liggett, a training base in Monterey County, California, will provide important cost and performance information to enable further adoption of this technology across the military and nationwide, with benefits including productive use of waste, improved energy security, and reduced costs.
An article published in The Wall Street Journal draws attention to the military’s extensive endangered species management efforts using the desert tortoise, loggerhead shrike, golden-cheeked warbler, Eggert's sunflower, and red-cockaded woodpecker as examples. Military lands provide some of the best habitat for more than 400 threatened and endangered species because of their restricted use.
To combat development pressures and the impacts of encroachment on military training, DoD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative has helped create buffer zones around 64 military bases. This Los Angeles Times article highlights the benefits that these zones are providing both for training and wildlife at Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Beale Air Force Base, Camp Roberts, Camp San Luis Obispo, and Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Processes, Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, the sixth installment in a Remediation Technology Monograph Series*, serves as a reference guide to help practitioners, scientists, and engineers better understand and assess contaminated sediment sites and identify and design more efficient and effective remedial approaches. Leading experts from academia and industry contributed to this monograph, which was edited by Dr. Danny C. Reible of Texas Tech University (previously of the University of Texas at Austin).
SERDP released solicitations on November 7 seeking proposals for FY 2015 funding. Funds are available through a competitive process to both Federal and private sector organizations to perform basic and applied research and advanced technology development. All pre-proposal submissions for the Core Solicitation are due January 9, 2014. All SEED proposals are due March 11, 2014.
The General Services Administration (GSA) has released its annual Request for Information (RFI) seeking innovative, transformational green building technologies to support its Green Proving Ground (GPG) program. The GPG program leverages GSA's real estate portfolio as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging building technologies and practices that will improve economic and environmental performance in federal buildings. The program is seeking information from industry, commercial organizations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Responses to the FY 2014 RFI are due by 5:00 pm Eastern, December 9, 2013. Request for Information
Natural gas-fired electricity generators can provide energy security at domestic military installations in the event of electric grid failures, according to a recent Department of Defense (DoD) study. The study, performed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, assessed the reliability of the natural gas supply system during power outages. It found there is minimal risk of interrupted deliveries for a moderate outage (two weeks to three months). The report identifies measures to manage the risks associated with longer outages.
A new white paper developed by SERDP identifies key policy questions that need to be addressed to ensure that climate change vulnerability and impact assessments are conducted effectively and that assessment findings are appropriately used to inform decisions. The paper draws on the work of four SERDP-funded research projects that are developing and testing information, models, and tools necessary to examine the potential climate change vulnerability of and impacts on military installations along the coast.