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Environmental Cleanup

Welcome to the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach environmental cleanup program site.  The command's cleanup efforts fall into two primary programs, the Installation Restoration (IR) program and the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP).  Support for these programs is provided by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest Division.  

UPDATE:  The next public meeting of the station's Restoration Advisory Board will be held at the Mary Wilson Public Library Senior Center this coming Tuesday, February 20, 2024 starting at 6pm.  The address is 707 Electric Avenue in the City of Seal Beach.  We are currently accepting applications for Restoration Advisory Board membership.  See below for more information.

IR Program Background
The Installation Restoration (IR) program was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 1975 to identify, assess, characterize, and clean up or control contamination caused by historical disposal activities and other operations at military installations.  The Navy IR Program was formally established in 1986.
The IR program is carried out in accordance with all federal, state and local laws. The primary federal laws are CERCLA, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and SARA, the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act.  The California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is the lead state regulatory agency providing oversight for the IR program.

MMRP Background
As part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 Defense Authorization Act, Congress mandated that DoD and the military components develop a program to address environmental health and safety hazards from unexploded ordnance (UXO), discarded military munitions, and munitions constituents. The DoD and Navy responded by developing the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP), which is a unique program element under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program.  The processes used in the traditional Installation Restoration cleanup program will in most cases apply to the MMRP as well.

RAB Background
An important part the Navy's environmental cleanup efforts at many bases is the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB).  RABs are citizen advisory panels that receive updates on site cleanup progress, and also review and provide comments on remediation plans and documents.  Each panel is made of representatives from the community, Navy, and federal, local and state regulatory agencies. Citizens from the community volunteer their time and effort to serve as RAB members.  Each RAB is structured to meet both community needs and the requirements of the individual base cleanup program.
RABs were first formed in 1994, specifically at installations slated for closure under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) act.  Later, RABs were started at other bases not slated for closure, when the level of community interest warranted such an action.  
Currently, an active RAB is in operation at Seal Beach, and new membership applications are being accepted.  For more information, download the RAB Fact Sheet and Application.  The form may be filled out electronically and returned to

Public Documents
Public Documents from the Navy's Environmental Cleanup Program are located in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command's Administrative Record File.  Links for each command location can be found on the Environmental Cleanup Links page.  

Environmental Cleanup at NWS Seal Beach and Detachments
For more details visit the following links:
Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach
Detachment Fallbrook
Detachment Norco
DFSP San Pedro


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