One of EPA's most important roles is ensuring that Federal agencies comply with environmental requirements in the same manner and to the same extent as any other regulated facility. See former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman's letter to The Honorable James M. Jeffords about holding federal facilities to the same environmental standards as private facilities.
EPA has explicit authority to assess fines at Federal facilities violating environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Federal facilities that are significantly contaminated may be listed on the National Priorities List (NPL). The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and 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, state, tribal, and local agencies to see that federal facilities meet their environmental requirements.
New Resource Available
Enforcement and Compliance at Federal Facilities - EPA's federal facilities "Yellow Book: Guide to Environmental Enforcement and Compliance at Federal Facilities." This resource updates EPA's origional "Yellow Book" published in 1999.
For more environmental information and compliance assistance tools developed by EPA and other federal agencies, see FedCenter, an interagency assistance center for federal facilities.