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Avoiding marked-off habitat areas during training and operations.
Following installation regulations for hunting, fishing, and camping.
Obeying range control guidelines for cutting brush and trees used for camouflage.
g. Federal Facilities Compliance Act (FFCA). The FFCA allows the EPA and individual
states to inspect and fine Army installations that violate environmental laws identified in the
RCRA. The FFCA also allows federal, state, and local environmental agencies to prosecute
soldiers who knowingly violate environmental laws during the performance of their duties.
Soldiers comply with the FFCA by--
Cooperating with the environmental inspectors.
Performing self-assessments of their work area to ensure compliance with
environmental guidelines.
Informing their chain of command when they discover potential environmental
h. Noise Control Act (NCA). The NCA promotes an environment free from noise that
jeopardizes health or welfare. The Army should comply with all federal, state, and local
requirements respecting the control of noise, unless doing so conflicts with the military mission.
Soldiers comply with the NCA by--
Avoiding unnecessary noise.
Respecting noise buffer zones, minimum flight altitudes, no-fly zones, and
nighttime curfews designated by the installation.
2-3. State Law. Each state has its own regulatory organization charged with developing and
implementing environmental regulations. Most federal statutes allow states to set standards that
are at least as stringent as federal requirements. When the EPA approves a state's program, the
state has primary responsibility and authority for that particular program. Some state
governments have additional environmental laws. Actions allowed by the environmental laws of
one state may be illegal in another state. The installation environmental coordinator knows the
state laws that apply to the installation. Soldiers must comply with these environmental laws and
2-4. Local Law. Local laws and ordinances address the concerns of the local communities.
Generally, local laws will be based on federal and state laws. However, each municipality or
community may place more stringent restrictions on certain activities. Noise restrictions during
certain hours of the day are very common. It is highly unlikely that local environmental
ordinances will extend to military installations, since most installations are not within municipal
boundaries; however, the potential for conflict exists when installations are located close to cities
and towns. Soldiers must comply with applicable local environmental laws and regulations.


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