preventive medicine personnel for inspection results. You also must
provide water samples to ensure standards are met. The frequency of
testing water for NBC should be established in the unit standing
operating procedures (SOP). This testing increases as the threat use
of these agents increases within the theater of operations.
coordination of these procedures with NBC personnel is a must, due to
the severity of the consequences.
PART G - ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORY CONCERNS
In the United States, rules and regulations for waste water
A state may have an EPA approved program under the
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), established
The NPDES sets minimum treatment
purification/storage/distribution operations and also establishes the
framework for setting additional discharge standards.
apply for and then obtain an NPDES Permit (or state equivalent) which
contain discharge standards/restrictions applicable to the given
Before operating any water purification unit in the
United States, check with the state and local environmental agency
for permit requirements.
Many military installations may have
current discharge permits for water sources located on the
installation which are used by water purification units. Check with
the Installation Environmental Office for guidance. Always consider
the potential environmental impact of a discharge of wastes or
chemicals on a water source.
In other countries, it is always necessary to check with local
authorities for regulatory requirements.
Each country in which
purification/storage/distribution operations may be used will have
their own guidance on disposal of wastes and chemicals in a training
exercise, as well as ambient water quality criteria.
comply with environmental standards applicable in the host country.