Accomplishments and Performance Measures
The Superfund Program has overseen the cleanup of over a thousand contaminated properties across the country. While the Agency's primary objective is to protect human health and the environment, cleaning up sites has, in many cases, generated beneficial reuse opportunities and impacts. Reusing sites also plays an important role in long-term protectiveness because new users act as stewards for the land. EPA has developed two specific measures to assess and report on a range of accomplishments and outcomes realized through cleaning up and redeveloping formerly contaminated sites.
Documenting and Reporting Superfund Sites Ready for Anticipated Use (SWRAU)
In 2006, the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, in coordination with the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office, developed a performance measure to report the Superfund program’s accomplishments in making land ready for reuse at construction complete sites. This measure is included with other Superfund measures as part of EPA’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan and Addendum to the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. All such performance measures have annual and long-term cumulative targets.
The SWRAU measure was developed to comply with EPA's responsibility to report long-term, outcome-based accomplishments under the Government Performance and Results Act. The introduction of this measure also reflects the high priority that EPA places on land reuse and revitalization as an integral part of the Agency’s cleanup mission for the Superfund program, as well as its attention to post-construction activities at NPL sites.
Regions began reporting on the SWRAU measure in FY 2007, after establishing a baseline in 2006.
Documenting and Reporting Sites and Acres Under the Cross Program Revitalization Measures (CPRM)
EPA recognized that there was a need to establish a similar, consistent set of measures applied across all of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response cleanup programs to track the efforts the Agency was making in preparing sites to be returned to use.
All 10 EPA Regions began collecting information for a set of CPRM indicators and performance measures in October 2007. This information is updated on a quarterly basis. There are no annual targets in place for the CPRM performance measures at this time.