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 16 in FY 2016 with a Cumulative Total of 526 (91%) in 2020 Corrective Action Universe .
• Groundwater Migration Under Control Environmental Indicators: Region 3 completed 21 in FY 2016 with a Cumulative Total of 490 (86%) in 2020 Corrective Action Universe.
• Remedy Construction: Region 3 completed 25 in FY 2016 with a Cumulative Total of 391 (71%) in 2020 Corrective Action Universe .
- Human Health Exposure Environmental Indicators: Region 3 Target for FY2017 is to complete 18 facilitiies for Cumlative Total of 544 (94%) in 2020 Corrective Action Universe.
- Groundwater Migration Under Control Environmental Indicators: Region 3 Target for FY2017 is to complete 20 facilitiies for Cumlative Total of 510 (88%) in 2020 Corrective Action Universe.
- Remedy Construction: Region 3 Target for FY2017 is to complete 29 facilitiies for Cumlative Total of 430 (74%) in 2020 Corrective Action Universe.
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.
Goals for Fiscal Year 2017: