ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD FILE (ARF)
The ARF is a collection of documents compiled by the Department of the Navy, represented by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, to document the selection of environmental response actions conducted under the Environmental Restoration Program at military installations.
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The ARF serves two purposes:
- It provides access to site-specific information so that the public may make informed comments to the US Navy on the selection of response actions.
- If the adequacy of a response decision is challenged in court, the judicial review of that decision will be based on the documents in the ARF.
The ARF is crucial to public understanding of the cleanup work because it contains information on which the selections of interim and final response actions for sites will be based. Technical studies and significant correspondence among local, state and federal government agencies are included as well as documents that reflect notification of and participation by the public in site activities. The consideration given and response made by the Navy to public comments are also incorporated into the ARF. Other examples of information found in the ARF include technical plans and studies, technical reports, decision documents, proposed clean up plans, correspondence, health and ecological risk evaluations and Restoration Advisory Board meeting minutes.
ARFs are works in progress; new documents are continually being added.
To view installation specific ARF information and documents, consult installation web pages via the map.
DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT
During the environmental restoration process at an installation, certain documents are made available for public review and comment at certain stages of the cleanup. Public notice of a documents availability is published in a local newspaper the week before a document is available for public review and comment. The public is encouraged to use these formal comment periods to submit comments on proposed cleanup choices; however, the Navy welcomes comments at any time on installation environmental restoration cleanup work.
Paper copies of the document are placed in the installations local community outreach center, usually a nearby public Library. Information about community outreach centers can be found on individual installation web pages.
Some individual installation web pages may post electronic versions of documents available for public review and comment. Directions for making comments are provided.
For further information, consult individual installation web pages for point of contact telephone numbers and email information.