A New York Times article, dated June 30, 1991, reported:
On the eve of a vote for a second round of military base closings, the Defense Department is running into serious trouble selling or leasing installations already scheduled to be shut because of toxic contamination at the sites.
The military industry has produced the most toxic pollution in the country and virtually every military installation has been extensively contaminated by the hazardous byproducts of activities like repairing aircraft and making weapons and by the disregard of safe practices for disposing of waste.
Nearly two decades later, in the spring of 2018, the Military Times suggested the environmental crisis was continuing.
In a March report provided to the House Armed Services Committee, the Pentagon for the first time publicly listed the full scope of the known contamination. The Defense Department identified 401 active and Base Closure and Realignment installations in the United States with at least one area where there was a known or suspected release of perfluorinated compounds.
When The Texas A&M University System assumed control of the RELLIS Campus in 2016–the former Bryan Army Air Field and Bryan Air Fofce Base–Gordon Evens led an environmental impact study of the site.
Gordon Evans is an environmental and earth-systems professional who has worked on a wide range of environmental issues for more than 40 years through applied research, public policy development, consulting, and facility operations. In private practice, he served government, industry and private clients, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Since joining The Texas A&M University System in 2001, he has developed system-wide environmental policy and striven to improve health, safety and environmental performance at the eleven universities, seven agencies, and health science center that comprise the A&M System