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example. The chain of command is responsible if the containers leak and contaminate soil,
groundwater, or nearby streams.
(2) Purposeful acts are environmentally damaging actions deliberately directed or
performed by a commander, leader, or supervisor who has full knowledge the action is illegal. If
someone deliberately performs or directs an action knowing the action is illegal, that individual
is culpable. For example, if a supervisor directs a soldier to dispose of used parts in a pond
located in a secluded part of the post, the supervisor has deliberately broken the law. Claiming
ignorance is no excuse. Common sense dictates this action is improper and reflects poor
judgment on the supervisor's part. The petroleum, oils, and lubricants (POL) and the corrosion
from the parts will contaminate the pond and eliminate its value as a source of drinking water,
habitat, and recreation. The chain of command should prevent intentional violations to every
extent possible.
2-10. Summary. Army environmental regulations are based on federal laws. State and local
environmental laws apply to the areas where soldiers live and work. In a foreign country, HN
laws also apply. The Army will obey all environmental laws that apply to its installations and
expects its soldiers to do the same.
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