Budgeting for environmental clean-up of Army bases
Dell, Robert F.
Rosenthal, Richard E.
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The United States Army obtained congressional approval in 1995 to close or realign 40 installations. These actions create a unique opportunity for the civilian communities surrounding the installations to reuse them to satisfy commercial or community needs. However, future reuse can be impeded by the need for environmental clean-up, which is an expensive business. The current clean-up cost estimate for 32 of the 40 installations is $1 billion from 1996 to 2001. This thesis develops an optimization model with a spreadsheet interface to help plan distribution of yearly environmental clean-up budgets. The model picks from supplied alternatives the clean-up level for each area within each installation that provides the greatest benefit for reuse while adhering to yearly budgets. To measure benefit this thesis develops a linear value model that quantifies the qualitative factors that provide benefit to a community. Extensive computational testing using Army and hypothetical data demonstrates how the model can help the Army effectively allocate their budget.
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