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As 1-5 all seem very likely indeed, the US taxpayer might well be left wondering what the final bill will be for decades of inadequate environmental management on US #military sites, and ill considered projects undertaken without thought for their environmental footprint.

4) If the studies on formerly used sites with radioactive contamination reveal that it is more extensive than thought. 5) Inaccurate estimates of the remediation costs required to return overseas facilities to host nations.

1) If regulatory agencies require a higher standard of clean-up. 2) If site investigations reveal worse contamination than anticipated. 3) If the extent of buried chemical weapons is greater than thought (it's currently unknown)...

So, is $70bn likely to be the last of it? Not really, the DoD admits that uncertainties are present in the accounting, and that they "use reasonable judgements and assumptions based on available information". So how might the costs rise further?

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As 1-5 all seem very likely indeed, the US taxpayer might well be left wondering what the final bill will be for decades of inadequate environmental management on US #military sites, and ill considered projects undertaken without thought for their environmental footprint.

4) If the studies on formerly used sites with radioactive contamination reveal that it is more extensive than thought. 5) Inaccurate estimates of the remediation costs required to return overseas facilities to host nations.

1) If regulatory agencies require a higher standard of clean-up. 2) If site investigations reveal worse contamination than anticipated. 3) If the extent of buried chemical weapons is greater than thought (it's currently unknown)...

So, is $70bn likely to be the last of it? Not really, the DoD admits that uncertainties are present in the accounting, and that they "use reasonable judgements and assumptions based on available information". So how might the costs rise further?

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