The goal of community outreach is to advocate for and strengthen early and meaningful community participation in the Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program (ERP). The overarching objective of the Navy’s ERP is to protect human health and the environment from past hazardous waste practices and releases at Navy and Marine Corps Installation Restoration Program (IRP) and Munitions Response Program (MRP) sites. The Navy is committed to involving the public during the site investigation and cleanup process at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, by both formal and informal means of communications. Health and safety on the air station and in our communities is a top Navy priority.
Federal and state laws and regulations require community involvement during site investigation and cleanup activities conducted under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. This ensures that the public is informed and involved early, that public concerns are heard, and that their comments are considered in making final decisions on managing cleanup activities. The Navy encourages meaningful and productive participation by everyone in the community.
The Navy, in conjunction with State of California regulatory agencies, are responsible for oversight of the Navy’s ERP. The Navy developed a community relations plan in 2012 and updated it in 2017 with a community involvement plan (CIP). The CIP provides an opportunity for community outreach activities at MCAS Miramar, addressing both community concerns and expectations. Community involvement described in the CIP provides opportunities for active public involvement, strives to meet the community’s needs for information, seeks community input concerning environmental cleanup decisions, and provides mechanisms for feedback to the public on how the Navy is incorporating the community’s concerns into the ERP at the MCAS Miramar. The 2017 CIP is available through the Administrative Records tab on this website.
Community outreach activities include conducting community meetings; publishing fact sheets, newsletters, and public notices; and contacting the community through website postings and by electronic mail. Some documents produced during Navy site investigation and cleanup activities have a required formal review period during which the public can provide comments and input, while other documents are not subject to the same public review and comment requirement. The Navy provides opportunities for public review of these documents in community forums and upon request.
Community Outreach Program, Post 2016
A series of community outreach goals and objectives were established following the completion of detailed research on the MCAS Miramar community including community surveys in May 2016. The goals of the community outreach program are to:
Increase interested community members’ knowledge and awareness of the ERP within the MCAS Miramar community;
Develop communication strategies with the public regarding environmental issues; and
Involve the public at appropriate points in the remediation process.
Three objectives and supporting activities were developed to enhance outreach to the MCAS Miramar community:
Communicate with the public;
Provide information; and
Engage the community.
Based on feedback received during the community interview process, the ERP will develop and distribute an annual update of cleanup achievements providing an overview of the IRP and the MRP at MCAS Miramar. All outreach activities are dependent upon current availability of program funds.
A link to an electronic version of the annual update will be made available here on the ERP website and on the Miramar Environmental Management System Facebook page. Hard copies of the annual update will be made available to individuals and organizations upon request.
Technical Review Committee
The Technical Review Committee (TRC) provides one of many opportunities for public participation. It is comprised of members of the surrounding business community, private residents, regulatory officials, and representatives from local community planning groups, the Navy ERP, and the Marine Corps, and provides an opportunity for input from all parties affected by environmental investigation and cleanup. Part of the Navy and regulatory agency decision-making process is to consider comments from the public and respond to them, enabling early and continued two-way flow of information, concerns, values, and needs between the community and the air station.
MCAS Miramar established a TRC in June 1991. The TRC’s charter was to bring together community members who reflect the diverse interests within the local community. The TRC met periodically until May 1995, when decreasing public participation led to dissolution of the group. The Navy continues to encourage public participation in the environmental restoration process through various other community outreach activities.
Administrative Record and Information Repository
An Administrative Record file has been established for MCAS Miramar’s ERP. It includes technical reports, project documents, and other supporting documentation that form the basis for selection of remedial actions under the IRP.
The Administrative Record file is available for public review. It will continue to be maintained for at least 50 years after environmental restoration activities are completed at MCAS Miramar and will serve as a legal and public information resource. Appointments must be made to review documents at the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest offices. Documents may not be removed. A copy of the Administrative Record file index is available for public review online.
CLICK HERE to access the online Administrative Record files for MCAS Miramar.
To provide the local community with opportunities to review project documents, an Information Repository have been established for MCAS Miramar’s ERP. The air station Information Repository location is housed in the Environmental Management Department office. The air station location maintains all current documents on the MCAS Miramar ERP.
The Administrative Record and other documents are available for public review by contacting:
Command Records Manager
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Division
750 Pacific Highway
Code EV33, NBSD Bldg. 3519
San Diego, CA 92132
Community Meetings and Public Comment Periods
In accordance with US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Defense requirements, community meetings will be held as appropriate during the remediation process. Notices of any upcoming public meetings will be published approximately two weeks prior to the meeting in the San Diego Union-Tribune. In addition, notices will be posted at the Information Repository at the MCAS Miramar Environmental Management Department.
In an effort to ensure effective two-way communication with local community members, public comment periods are a federal requirement of the remedial action process and are established at critical times in the cleanup process. All public comments received by the Navy and Marine Corps will be considered and, as appropriate, incorporated into final documents. The Navy and Marine Corps will provide formal written responses to these comments.