Date of Award

8-2016

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Program Name

Environmental Policy and Management

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Elizabeth D'Andrea

Abstract

Privatization of former military installation sites has been a unique approach for cleaning up former military installation sites. This thesis performs an analysis to determine the ideal economic criteria that would encourage private developers and the local community to carry out the environmental cleanup at former military installation sites undergoing the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process. To answer this question, current legislation related to privatization of former military installation cleanup sites was examined. The former McClellan Air Force Base (AFB) was considered as a case study to develop a framework for selecting sites that are more ideal for privatized cleanup. Data were collected from six former military installation sites located throughout California related to surrounding property values, connectivity opportunities, physical conditions of the former military installation, the property’s allowable purposes, and the extent of remediation required. These data were used to evaluate and analyze the redevelopment economic opportunity through privatization of each site. Based upon the semi-quantitative evaluations, privatized cleanup is recommended for all the study sites, with Fort Ord containing the most desirable qualities.

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