Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) provides oversight for the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) and ultimately drives the Department of the Navy (DON) Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) goals defined as follows:
DERP Goals & Metrics (Apply to both Active & Closed Installations)
Environmental Restoration, Navy(ER,N)
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
Achieve response complete (RC) at 90% of Installation Restoration Program (IRP) sites, Building Demolition/ Debris Removal (BD/DR) sites, and Munitions Response Sites (MSRs) by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018. Achieve RC at 95% of IRP sites, BD/DR sites, and MRSs by the end of FY 2021.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) centrally manages the DON ERP under two accounts: 1) ER,N for active installations and 2) BRAC for closed installations. Both accounts can only be spent for response actions under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF). Thus, the implementation of the DON ERP must be consistent with the requirements documented in the DERP Manual. The ER,N funds must be obligated on the year of appropriation and expire 5 years after. The BRAC account is a separate appropriation from ER,N; BRAC funds do not expire.
The DON ERP combines aggressive policies, technical training, innovative technologies, stakeholder partnerships, and proactive, dedicated personnel to clean up past contamination on property under Navy and Marine Corps stewardship. The program goals are:
• The identification, investigation, and cleanup of contamination from a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant;
• Correction of other environmental hazards (such as detection and disposal of unexploded ordnance [UXO]) which creates an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health/welfare or to the environment
• Demolition and removal of unsafe buildings and structures, including buildings and structures of the DoD at sites formerly used by or under the jurisdiction of the SECDEF.