This may explain why the EPA site managers are NOT helping to protect the public or environment at BRAC sites.
Base Realignment and Closure Act
Since 1993, the EPA has worked with the Department of Defense (DOD) and state environmental programs
to make property environmentally acceptable for transfer, while protecting human health and the
environment at realigning or closing military installations. Between 1988 and 2005, over 500 major military
installations representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Logistics Agency have been slated for
realignment or closure. Under the first four rounds of BRAC (BRAC I-IV), 107 of those sites were identified
as requiring accelerated cleanup. The EPA provided critical environmental support to DOD and participated
in the acceleration process of the first four rounds of BRAC. The accelerated cleanup process strived to
make parcels available for reuse as quickly as possible, by transfer of uncontaminated or remediated
parcels, lease of contaminated parcels where cleanup is underway, or “early transfer” of contaminated
property undergoing cleanup. Seventy-two Federal facilities currently listed on the NPL were identified
under the fifth round of BRAC (BRAC V) as closing, realigning, or gaining personnel.
The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Interagency Agreement (IA), which was signed on February
28, 2011, will expire on September 30, 2016. The agency will no longer receive DOD funding for oversight
at selected BRAC installations that have been closed during the first four rounds (BRAC I - IV). This
includes, but is not limited to, meeting and expediting statutory obligations for overseeing cleanup and
ensuring remedy protectiveness after property transfer of non-NPL installations. The EPA will use its
appropriated funding to continue to have a presence at NPL BRAC sites. The FY 2017 President’s Budget
request does not include support for BRAC-related services to DOD.
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