Staffs may use a matrix to designate protection requirements for specific missions or
areas, to clearly identify and quickly notify units of changes, or to notify newly
arriving units of the rules in the AO.
1. Waste Management
a. Human waste
b. Solid waste
Unit incineration or
c. Medical waste
US or HN approved
Unit collection point,
RCRA or HN procedures
classify, label, Defense
Logistics Agency (DLA)
2. Hazardous Materials
HM tracking, spill
Spill prevention plans, response
report any water
response, report spills
over 50 gallons
3. Natural Resources
No degradation of water due to
erosion or effluent
Clearing in excess of
Clearing requires environmental
100 acres requires joint
task force (JTF)
Control open fires,
Controls on incineration and
Note and avoid specific
Taking of species prohibited
4. Cultural and Historical Resources
Minimize damage if
JTF approval required for
approval required for
operations in area
operations in area
Figure 4-2. Notional Environmental Protection Matrix
(4) Many operations require fixed facilities, structures, or other real property for logistics,
command and control, administration, communications, billeting, base camp, or other mission purposes.
If the tactical situation permits, commanders conduct or direct an initial EBS before occupying the AO.
(5) The initial EBS serves as a tool to assist in determining whether a parcel of land is
acceptable for military use. The initial question should always be whether the site is healthy for soldiers.
It documents the proposed sites, existing environmental conditions, and the likelihood of past or ongoing
activities that may have created environmental, safety, or health problems. These problems include
(6) EBS documentation becomes extremely important at the end of the mission or upon
completion at a facility. At that time, a closure EBS is done. Examples of areas to be addressed in an
EBS are below. A complete list may be found in FM 4-04.4 (3-100.4), Chapter 2.
Property description and condition.
Soil type and land cover.