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Installation Restoration Program

Installation Restoration

Program Manager Contact Information:
Installation Restoration Program Manager  |  252-466-3631

Installation Restoration
Program Overview        

The Installation Restoration (IR) Program identifies, investigates, and cleans up or controls hazardous substance (HS) releases from past waste disposal operations and spills at Marine Corps installations. The IR Program is designed to comply with procedural and substantive requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, and with regulations promulgated under these acts and relevant state laws. Although the IR Program is intended primarily to clean up past HS releases, it may address the cleanup of past releases of any pollutant and/or contaminant that endanger public health, welfare, or the environment.

Environmental Requirements        

Marine Corps policy requires that all Marine Corps installations and activities comply with all applicable environmental requirements, which may include Federal, state, local, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON), Marine Corps, and MCAS Cherry Point rules, regulations, and requirements. Legal and other environmental requirements related to the IR Program are maintained on the EM Portal.

Programs, Plans, Resources and Responsibilities        

A complete description of the responsibilities of the IR Program is available on the EM Portal. Major components of the IR Program include:

  • CERCLA site investigation and remediation

  • Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) implementation

  • Land Use Control (LUC) management

CERCLA Site Investigation and Remediation

The remedial action process (i.e., CERCLA cleanup process) is the primary alternative for most IR Program sites. It provides a progression through the four phases of identification, investigation, cleanup, and close-out. Detailed procedures associated with each of these phases are outlined in the DON Environmental Restoration Program Manual.

Restoration Advisory Board

MCAS Cherry Point implements a proactive community relations effort to ensure the public understands that the protection of human health and the environment are of paramount concern. Creating and maintaining a climate of understanding fosters trust and permits an open forum with the local community. This open dialogue allows for identifying potential areas of concern and promptly addressing these issues in collaboration with community members. Community involvement in cleanup decisions is required under CERCLA and the National Contingency Plan (NCP).

Land Use Control

LUCs are physical, administrative, or legal mechanisms used to protect human health and the environment from residual contamination at CERCLA sites, military bases, or other contaminated properties or former brownfields. LUCs are designed to limit land use and on-site activity that might interfere with the containment of residual contamination after completion of a response action. LUCs are typically used in tandem with physical or engineering measures, such as fences and containment caps.

Training and Communication        

The IR Program Manager develops training content to facilitate RAB members’ understanding of IR Program documents. In addition, the IR Program Manager attends training courses, seminars, and other industry-related training.

Practice-Aspect-Impact Risk        

The risk of negative environmental impacts from MCAS Cherry Point operations may be assessed by analyzing the practices that occur at the facility. Aspects are the characteristics of these practices that can cause an impact to the environment or other resources. It is Marine Corps policy that all Marine Corps installations identify and assess the environmental risk of the practices and aspects associated with each environmental program. Significant practices and/or aspects associated with this program include:

  • There are no significant practices and/or aspects associated with this program.

Objectives, Targets and Actions to Improve Performance        

When necessary, objectives and targets (O&T) are developed in order to minimize the environmental risks posed by the facility’s practices and to track progress towards achieving environmental goals. Any O&Ts related to the IR Program and their associated actions to improve performance are maintained on the EM Portal. Currently, there are no O&Ts associated with this program.

Audit and Evaluation of Compliance        

The IR Program is evaluated under each triennial Benchmark Environmental Compliance Evaluation (ECE). Findings and corrective actions from these audits are maintained on the EM Portal The IR Program Manager must also ensure the inspection of all LUCs on a quarterly basis.


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