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Base Closure at Federal Facilities

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The purpose of the 2010 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (PDF) (9 pp, 1.9MB) is to establish responsibilities and funding for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s assistance and support in accelerating environmental restoration and cleanup decisions in support of reuse at selected Department of Defense (DoD) BRAC Rounds I-IV installations. If you need assistance in obtaining the content of this document, please contact Mary Cooke at 703-603-8712 or cooke.maryt@epa.gov.

Under the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005 (BRAC) a number of communities have military installations that are slated to close. Turning Bases Into Great Places: New Life for Closed Military Facilities (PDF) (48 pp, 4.1MB) outlines the steps for creating a redevelopment vision using smart-growth principles.

EPA helps accelerate the transfer of federal property by coordinating environmental cleanup activities and crafting innovative property transfer arrangements.

BRAC Sites

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To sustain and streamline military readiness, the Department of Defense (DoD) recognized the need to close some installations and redefine the department’s mission at others. DoD and Congress agreed on four rounds of BRAC actions in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995. A large portion of BRAC property was designated for transfer to other federal agencies or non-federal entities, such as states, tribes, local governments or private industries. Thirty-four DoD installations from these BRAC rounds are also listed on the NPL. You can view the different BRAC Site locations by state or agency at the Federal Facilities National Priorities List (NPL) and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Sites Where You Live web page.

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program also on the NPL (PDF) (4 pp, 42K)

Key Base Closure and Property Transfer Documents

Turning Bases Into Great Places: New Life for Closed Military Facilities (PDF) (48 pp, 4.1MB)

2010 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (PDF) (9 pp, 1.9MB)

Policies and Guidances

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BRAC 2005 (BRAC 5)

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U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure 2005

2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Report (PDF) (758 pp, 9.5MB)

The BRAC Commission’s recommendations for reshaping the Defense Department’s infrastructure and force structure officially took effect on November 9, 2005. The 2005 BRAC recommendations represent the most aggressive BRAC ever proposed, affecting more than 800 installations. Whether a DoD facility is included in the BRAC 2005 (BRAC 5) list for realignments and closures does not change EPA’s core environmental responsibilities relative to characterization and cleanup of an installation on the Superfund NPL. However, EPA’s involvement at non-NPL BRAC is limited to site-specific situations.

On August, 11, 2005, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission met to receive testimony from federal, state and local government officials, professional associations and the general public regarding the issues related to the appropriate environmental stewardship of installations recommended for closure and realignment. The meeting was open to the public. See the EPA’s Prepared Statement (PDF) (14 pp, 53K) before the commission. For additional information, visit the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission website.

BRAC 2005 Documents

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BRAC at Other Federal Agencies

Department of Defense (DoD) BRAC Cleanup and Property Transfer

Additional Federal Agency Resources

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