Contaminated federal facilities like Department of Defense (DoD) military bases and Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear reactor, processing and research centers are complex sites that require extensive inter-agency coordination. The Federal Facilities Branch in Region 4 works closely with the states and other federal agencies to provide oversight, technical support, regulatory guidance, and assistance in the cleanup of the hazardous waste areas at federal facilities. A major portion of Superfund assistance at federal facilities focuses on assisting DoD and DOE with cleanups at their facilities on the National Priorities List (NPL). The Federal Facilities Branch 4 also provides support for cleanup activities at DoD installations which are slated for closure under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program.
The Federal Facilities Branch consists of three Federal Oversight Sections: North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia; Kentucky/Tennessee; and Florida/Alabama/Mississippi. Each section is responsible for cleanup oversight activities at federal facilities in their assigned Region 4 states. Examples of key activities performed by each of these sections include:
- Initiation of technical overviews of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action activities;
- Technical oversight of remedial investigation/feasibility studies and remedial design/actions at federal facility NPL sites;
- Negotiation of Interagency Agreements mandated under the Superfund law for federal facilities on the NPL list, integrating RCRA interim status requirements as appropriate;
- Overseeing the implementation of all activities under the Interagency Agreements;
- Participation in the Technical Review Committee and Restoration Advisory Meetings, and public participation activities to assure conformance with policy and guidance; and
- Participation in removal actions at facilities by review and consultation on Engineering Evaluations/Cost Analysis and Action Memoranda to integrate short term cleanup actions into an efficient long-term cleanup program