US Army Research Laboratory, Privatization of Utilities on the Adelphi Laboratory Center, Adelphi, Maryland, Environmental Assessment

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Author(s): Kevin M. Mason; Kenneth O. Logan

Year: 2000


Department of Defense (DoD) policy, as outlined in Defense Reform Initiative Directive #49, mandates the privatization of Government-owned utility systems in situations where the transfer of the utility systems to private, cooperative, municipal, or regional utility systems may be proven cost effective without jeopardizing the reliability of service or the security of the mission. Privatization of utility systems can be economically justified under DoD regulations if the overall privatization life-cycle cost of service is less than the life-cycle cost of continued Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC) ownership alternative. The ALC, in compliance with the DoD policy, is analyzing the alternatives available for supplying potable water, wastewater, and electrical system services, which are cost effective, reliable and secure.

The maintenance and replacement of existing utility systems are becoming increasingly more complex and costly, making it difficult to operate the systems in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. New environmental laws and regulations may impose more stringent requirements on the utility systems, thus making it increasingly challenging for the Government to operate and maintain the utility systems in a cost effective and prudent manner. Although public, private and regional utility companies are also required to meet the same environmental laws and regulations, it is believed that these organizations are better positioned to respond to such requirements.

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US Army Research Laboratory, Privatization of Utilities on the Adelphi Laboratory Center, Adelphi, Maryland, Environmental Assessment. Kevin M. Mason, Kenneth O. Logan. 2000 ( tDAR id: 438966) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8438966

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