The Prevention and Compliance Branch oversees operational and administrative compliance of the numerous Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield state-permitted facilities and its vast wetland and cultural resources while promoting pollution prevention and sustainability. Its mission is to support all military operations and civilian activities by enforcing laws and regulations that help sustain the environment of the Installation. We provide the strategy and tools that help the Installation meet its long-term goals to conserve resources, manage hazardous materials, reduce waste, recycle, and other behaviors that successfully and cost effectively protect the environment.
The Prevention and Compliance Branch is comprised of various environmental programs that collectively support the Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield training mission.
- The Air Program manages activities on post that affect air quality, such as painting, fueling, burning, engine testing, generator usage and heating and cooling. Managing these activities keeps the facility in compliance with federal, state and local environmental regulations.
- The Borrow Pit Program provides Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield with support to conserve resources and provides the Installation with an on-site source of suitable soils for use as fill material.
- The Cultural Resource Management Program protects significant historic properties while maintaining the largest possible area for training.
- The Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste Program provides training on the proper handling and management of regulated materials to minimize the waste, while carefully monitoring how hazardous waste is managed.
- The Restoration Program identifies, investigates, and cleans up hazardous substances, pollutants, and contaminants on the Installation.
- The Recycling Program manages solid waste, landfill compliance, the processing station, all recycling on the Installation, the Solid Waste Annual Reporting System and pollution prevention.
- The Environmental Division’s Noise Program monitors noise levels associated with various training maneuvers and has developed a Noise Complaint Management Plan to ensure that all noise complaints are correctly documented and addressed.
- The Water Program works to continually monitor the drinking water for contaminants; sampling is performed at various locations throughout the Installation on a daily basis to ensure the water is safe to drink.
- Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield contains a great deal of wetland areas wetlands constitute roughly one third of the Installation. The Wetlands Program reviews proposed construction projects, as well as timber harvests and training operations, and looks for the optimal site for such actions to minimize wetland impact.
- Undergirding all these programs and the Installation Strategic Plan is a Sustainability Management System that provides an environmental management framework and policies for preventing pollution, conserving natural resources, improving environmental stewardship and complying with federal, state, and local regulations.
All of these programs enable Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield to maximize training activities while maintaining environmental quality on the Installation.