Detailed Functions of the USAEHA
Directorate of Environmental Quality.
a. Water Quality Engineering Division. Provides field and other investigative
water quality services in support of preventive medicine activities of the Army.
Investigates, makes recommendations, and provides consultation on the sanitary quality
and public health aspects of water supply, wastewater disposal, water quality standards,
water pollution problems, and other related problems, including evaluation of
equipment, instruments, and procedures. Investigates, studies, and advises on the
control and monitoring of water pollution abatement programs. Accumulates, evaluates,
and disseminates data pertaining to water pollution abatement by Army installations for
use by Commanders and the Army staff in directing programs to protect water quality.
Manages the Army medical department water quality surveillance program. Conducts
microbiological, aquatic biology, and treatability studies as required.
b. Solid Waste Management Division. Conduct surveys, studies, and
investigations; and provides consultative services in solid waste management.
Evaluates sanitary aspects of landfill and incinerator operations, solid waste collection
systems and equipment, and on-site and central volume reduction systems. Provides
guidance on sanitary disposal of residential, commercial, institutional (except
infectious), construction, demolition, and industrial solid waste, including pesticides,
excess chemical and pharmaceutical stocks, and other special wastes. Provides
guidance on sanitary aspects of recycling operations and salvage operations. Advises
on methods of solid waste disposal, including assistance to installation personnel on
site selection of landfills, and rates Army landfills for the type materials which may be
disposed in them. Compiles and maintains an Army inventory of installation landfills
and their classification for disposal of material. Provides guidance on health and safety
aspects of refuse collection and disposal affecting worker personnel.
c. Air Engineering Division. Conducts source sampling surveys and
atmospheric air quality surveys at installations for which the Army is responsible.
Recommends where abatement measures are required. Performs special studies of
Army air pollution problems or anticipated problems, to include weapon systems
development and demilitarization operations. Provides consultation on air pollution
problems, as required, to include (but not limited to) control program concepts,
necessary equipment, control measures, and assistance in installation of air monitoring
networks. Compiles and reviews the Army inventory of emission sources and the status
of program progress and provides information to The Surgeon General for inclusion in
the annual report to the Office of Management and Budget. Maintains current file of
state and local air pollution control laws.