Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO)
Federal Facilities Site Evaluation Project (FFSEP)
Where to comment
To submit new data about a site, correct existing data, or provide general suggestions for the Federal Facilities Site Evaluation Project, please visit the FFSEP comment page.
EPA's Federal Facility Site Evaluation Project (FFSEP) is the culmination of a two-year effort to determine the assessment and cleanup status of 514 federally owned sites. These sites had not been fully assessed with regard to site cleanup. EPA initiated the FFSEP in FY2010 under the Intergrated Cleanup Initiative (ICI) Implementation Plan.The goal of the FFSEP was to document the status of the sites and to reinvigorate the assessment and evaluation process if a site was determined to be stalled.
How Sites Could Be Addressed
The 514 sites identified had not been fully assessed with regard to how to best address them under EPA's cleanup authorities. Authorities for cleanup include:
- Listing sites on the National Priorities List
- Clean-up under one of EPA's other cleanup authorities (e.g., RCRA)
- Clean-up under other agency authorities (state, etc.)
The status of most of the sites on the original list has been determined, and some sites were found to not warrant further action.
Identifying Potentially Stalled Sites
The 514 sites evaluated under the FFSEP were identified from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) database and most are also on the Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket (Docket). The CERCLIS database contains a list of all properties, both federal and private, at which there has been a known or potential release of contamination or pollution. The Docket contains a list of federally owned and/or operated sites that manage hazardous waste or from which hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants have been or may be released. EPA publishes and updates the Docket based on reports by federal facilities of certain hazardous substances or waste activities.
Federal sites that are not listed on the Docket are not under the same statutory obligations to provide site assessment information to EPA as they are for sites that are on the Docket. EPA is reviewing those sites and will be including them in future Docket updates as appropriate.
The FFSEP advances the concepts of transparency, public participation and collaboration with our Federal partners in order to promote efficient and effective Federal facility cleanups. It embraces the principles and practices of President Obama's 2009 Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, which highlights the Administration's commitment to creating an unprecedented level of transparency in Government.
EPA is dedicated to expanding the conversation on environmentalism through our open government initiatives. From EPA's OpenGov site we provide access to EPA's OpenGov plans, regularly updated progress reports, and highlights to efforts that exemplify OpenGov principles in action Agency-wide. The FFSEP supports EPA's commitment to open government by providing access to information about these sites, so that the public can more fully engage in cleanups in their communities.
Collaborating with our Federal Partners
In an effort to verify the activity description and status of the 514 FFSEP sites, EPA reached out to the Federal Departments and Agencies with sites on the list. We collaborated with our Federal partners to gather the most current information available on these sites. We also engaged our state partners to solicit and include site information from their records. This collaboration enabled EPA to make activity determinations on 491 of the 514 sites that had not been fully assessed at the project's inception. The cooperation offered by the other Federal Agencies and our state partners was invaluable to the success of this project and serves as a model for effective engagement.
Search for FFSEP Sites
For a national overview, search through a list of all FFSEP sites by directly clicking the search button without making any form selections. The FFSEP Fact Sheet offers additional information on the NPL process as well as graphs of the FFSEP site status by region.
For broader environmental justice data, visit EJView. EJView is a mapping tool that allows users to create maps and generate detailed reports based on the geographic areas and includes data from multiple factors that may affect public and environmental health within a community or region.