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The DoD's EC program was initiated in 2006 by the by the Office of Deputy Under Secretary Defense for Installations and Environment. The program is operated by personnel within DoD's Environmental Readiness and Safety Directorate with contractor and staff support from the U.S. Army Public Health Command, Institute for Public Health. EC program staff are continuously scanning information sources to identify emerging contaminants, that is, chemicals or materials that either lack human health standards or have an evolving science and regulatory status to determine which of these chemicals and materials DoD uses, how DoD uses them and how any regulatory changes may impact DoD personnel, the environment or DoD's mission.

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Last Updated: July 31, 2017