The Environmental and Disposal Liabilities (EDL) Program encompasses a range of activities and strategies to manage environmental liabilities effectively. Some critical aspects covered by the EDL Program are:
The EDL Program is crucial for organizations to proactively manage and mitigate their environmental impacts, protect human health, and comply with environmental regulations. It helps ensure that potential liabilities are properly accounted for, risks are minimized, and responsible actions are taken to address environmental concerns.
"A Future Outlay of Resources"
As defined by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, an environmental liability is a probable, measurable, and reasonably estimable future outflow or expenditure of resources that exists as of the financial reporting date for environmental cleanup costs resulting from past transactions or events. Identifying, recording, and managing environmental liabilities are challenging for Department of the Interior environmental and financial management programs, as the Department owns a vast variety of assets that may generate environmental liabilities, and the records of those assets may go back centuries, with varying degrees of quality.