Goals and Progress
This page provides information on EPA’s national Government Performance and Results Act RCRA Corrective Action Goals and progress toward achieving those goals in EPA Region 3.
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The 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) holds federal agencies accountable for using resources wisely and achieving program results. The GPRA requires agencies to develop plans for what they intend to accomplish, measure how well they are doing, make appropriate decisions based on the information they have gathered, and communicate information about their performance to Congress and to the public.
In response to this legislation, EPA's RCRA Corrective Action program developed two Environmental Indicators to measure short term progress in protecting human health and the environment and to meet the objectives of GPRA. The Environmental Indicators are "Current Human Exposures Under Control" (CA725), and "Migration of Contaminated Groundwater Under Control" (CA750). These indicators address two of the Agency's highest short- term priorities: (1) the protection of human health by preventing current exposures to contamination; and (2) the protection of our nation's groundwater resources by preventing the further spread of groundwater contamination.
Previous to the enactment of the GPRA, EPA developed the National Corrective Action Prioritization System (NCAPS), a screening tool to rank facilities subject to RCRA Corrective Action as high, medium, or low priority. Through 2005, EPA measured the short-term success of the program by tracking achievement of the Environmental Indicators (EIs) for the high priority facilities because they likely posed the greatest threat. The total number of facilities on Region 3’s 2005 baseline was 284 facilities. In 2008 achievement of the “Construction Complete” milestone was tracked in addition to the EIs and the baseline of facilities for Region 3 high priority facilities was increased to 289. Starting in fiscal year 2009 and carrying through to 2020, EPA increased the number of facilities on the baseline to include all NCAPs high, medium and low priority facilities. The new baseline, known as the 2020 Corrective Action Universe includes 3,779 facilities nationally.
In EPA Region 3 , there are 579 facilities in the 2020 Corrective Action Universe .
Additional goals of EPA’s 2020 Vision are to:
• Capitalize on redevelopment potential to accelerate cleanups
• Develop ways to accelerate and streamline the cleanup progress
• Develop and provide training as necessary
• Develop strategies for measuring and reporting annual progress toward meeting the 2020 goal
For more information on EPA’s 2020 Vision for the RCRA Program, please visit the EPA National Web page. For a complete list of the 2020 corrective action universe of sites, visit the National Facility Information Web page.
• Human Health Exposure Environmental Indicators: Region 3 completed 17 in FY 2015 with a Cumulative Total of 512 (88%) in 2020 Corrective Action Universe .
• Groundwater Migration Under Control Environmental Indicators : Region 3 completed 17 in FY 2015 with a Cumulative Total of 469 (81%) in 2020 Corrective Action Universe.
• Remedy Construction : Region 3 completed 32 in FY 2015 with a Cumulative Total of 366 (63%) in 2020 Corrective Action Universe .
In order to meet the national GPRA Corrective Action Goals, EPA Region 3 has proposed to achieve the following strategic targets in FY2016
• Current human exposures are under control at 15 additional RCRA facilities to reach 91% of the 2020 Corrective Action Universe
• Migration of contaminated groundwater is under control at at 20 additional RCRA facilities to reach 84% of the GPRA 2020 Baseline
• Construction final remedies is complete at 35 additional RCRA facilities to reach 69% of the 2020 Corrective Action Universe
Focus the RCRA Corrective Action activities at facilities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the three Regional Priority Areas - Baltimore Harbor, Elizabeth River and the Anacostia River.
For every fiscal year the National RCRA Corrective Action program develops a set of targets and goals that is included in the OSWER National Program Guidance. For Fiscal Year 2015 the National Program guidance establishes the following National goal for RCRA Corrective Action:
• Current human exposures are under control at 92% of the National 2020 Corrective Action Universe
• Migration of contaminated groundwater is under control at 84% of the National 2020 Corrective Action Universe
• Construction final remedies is complete at 64% of the National 2020 Corrective Action Universe