D. To comply with the Clean Air Act, regulated by the EPA under Title 40 CFR, each State
must develop and enforce an air quality control plan that will attain and maintain the levels of
specified air pollutants at the national standard. Recoupment of hazardous materials may result in
the emission of air pollutants regulated by air quality control plans (e.g., hydrocarbon vapors).
Recoupment personnel at each facility should contact the Environmental Office to determine
whether recoupment operations affect the installation's emissions.
4.30 Planning and Coordinating Recoupment Operations
A. To conduct safe and efficient recoupment operations, advance planning and coordination of
activities are required. Recoupment personnel should receive advance notification of NRFI
materials including identification of the material (e.g., national stock number (NSN), noun
name), the unit of issue, the quantity, and the nature of the damage. Recoupment personnel (in
conjunction with competent authorities) must assure that sufficient interim storage space is
available, that proper equipment and sufficient personnel are available to perform recoupment
operations, ensure items are safe to accept, and that recoupment procedures and emergency
planning specific to a material can be prepared. Proper advance planning and coordination will
promote a safe environment for the receipt, interim storage, and recoupment of NRFI materials
and, in turn, will expedite the return of materials to stock.
B. After receiving notice of materials requiring recoupment, recoupment personnel should
prepare for the arrival of NRFI items as follows:
1. Determine, from the description of the item's condition, whether recoupment should be
performed immediately upon receipt or whether the item can be placed in temporary storage until
recoupment operations may be conveniently scheduled. Packages that show evidence of leaks,
punctures, or deterioration should be recouped as soon as possible; these materials should be
placed in overpacks or salvage drums before transport to recoupment facilities.
2. If the item is to be placed in interim storage, assure that sufficient and acceptable storage
space is available. If space is not available, reschedule the date of arrival for a time when space
will be available, or coordinate with the Installation Environmental Office to find a suitable
3. Based on the material identification and HCC recoupment personnel should determine the
hazards associated with the specific material, plan the recoupment procedures, and determine the
necessary emergency response procedures (if not already identified in the Installation Spill
Contingency Plan (ISCP)). Information concerning a material's hazards can be determined from
material-specific references such as an MSDS or the HMIS.
4. Assure that appropriate labels, packaging materials, and packages are available that
conform to UN packaging requirements and NSN specifications.
C. To assure that personnel can safely perform recoupment operations, competent authorities at
each installation must assess the equipment and facilities available to determine which hazard
classes can be processed. This assessment should take into consideration any Federal, state,
local, DoD or host nation regulations concerning storage and handling of hazardous materials