Federal facilities include lands and improvements to lands (buildings, structures, and equipment) owned by, or constructed or manufactured for the purpose of leasing to the federal government. EPA through its Federal Facilities Enforcement Office (FFEO) works with federal agencies to ensure that they and their facilities comply with environmental requirements the same as any regulated facility.
EPA has explicit authority to assess fines at federal facilities violating environmental statutes, including the:
- Clean Air Act (CAA)
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
- Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
Federal facilities that are significantly contaminated may be listed on the National Priorities List (NPL). The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), Section 120 requires federal agencies with NPL sites to investigate and clean up the contamination.
EPA works in partnership with other federal, state and local agencies to see that federal facilities meet their environmental requirements. For more information, see the Federal Facilities home page.
For more environmental information and compliance assistance tools developed by EPA and other federal agencies, see FedCenter, an interagency assistance center for federal facilities.