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Navy Range Sustainability Environmental Program Assessment (RSEPA). Ms. Wanda L. Holmes, P.E. U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Council of States 10 February 2006. Purpose of Brief. Status of Range Sustainability Environmental Program Assessment (RSEPA) What is RSEPA?
Navy Range Sustainability Environmental Program Assessment (RSEPA)Ms. Wanda L. Holmes, P.E.U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval OperationsEnvironmental Council of States10 February 2006Purpose of Brief
  • Status of Range Sustainability Environmental Program Assessment (RSEPA)
  • What is RSEPA?
  • RSEPA Approach
  • Navy Range Assessment Status
  • Status
  • Range Sustainability Environmental Program Assessment (RSEPA) is one of five components of the Navy’s range sustainability investment known as the Tactical Training Theater Assessment and Planning (TAP) Program
  • RSEPA Implementation Manual Rev 0
  • Signed 8 January 2004
  • RSEPA Implementation Manual Rev 1
  • Projected completion FY06
  • Range Sustainability Environmental Program Assessments (RSEPA)
  • What is RSEPA?
  • A range compliance management process to ensure long-term sustainability using a phased approach
  • Ensures compliance with applicable regulations
  • Identifies and assesses potential for off-range migration at land-based ranges
  • Provides a technically defensible approach for assessing the environmental condition of land-based operational ranges
  • Provides a framework for informed decisions about when and how to proceed with a comprehensive assessment and protective measures, if necessary
  • RSEPA Approach
  • Range Condition Assessment (RCA) (Qualitative/Quantitative)
  • An RCA is conducted to determine if steps are necessary to maintain compliance and to determine if further analysis is required to assess a risk of an off-range release. Conduct every five years.
  • Comprehensive Range Evaluation (CRE) (Quantitative)
  • If further analysis is required after the RCA, a CRE will be conducted to verify and confirm if an off-range release of munitions constituents has occurred or if there is significant risk that an off range release could occur.
  • Sustainable Range Oversight During Off-Range CERCLA Response (SRO)
  • An SRO is conducted in the event an off range release has occurred. The focus of this phase is to ensure range sustainability is maintained while proceeding through the Comprehensive Environmental Restoration, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process for off-range releases.
  • Do on-range testing results exceedpromulgated regulatory criteria (e.g., MCLs)? 1,2Is there a substantial threat ofan off-range release?CRE Phase IPreliminary Screening
  • Limited on-range sampling and testing outside of impact areas
  • Evaluate potential for off-range migration
  • Predominantly on-site laboratory chemical testing
  • Refine ORSM
  • Protective Measures1, 3
  • Range-related protective measures to sustain range operations
  • Range-related protective measures to maintain environmental compliance
  • Range-related protective measures to address migration of munitions constituents 3
  • Inform the community of protective measures taken to address the off-range migration of munitions constituents
  • CRE Phase IIVerification Analysis
  • Sampling and testing at range boundary (ideally on Navy property)
  • Characterization of range boundary risks
  • Refine ORSM
  • Do off-range testing results exceedpromulgated regulatory criteria (e.g., MCLs)? 1,2Does the off-range release pose an unacceptablerisk to human health and the environment? 2NAVY RANGE SUSTAINABILITY ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM ASSESSMENT (RSEPA)Process OverviewProtective MeasuresRange Condition Assessment (RCA – conducted every 5 years)Are further steps required tomaintain compliance? 1YesImplement protective measuresRCA Phase IRange SelectionRCA Phase IIPre-Site Visit Information CollectionRCA Phase III On-Site Visit Information Collection and ReviewNoDecision Point 1RCA is complete 2
  • Selection will be based on:
  • Impact to Navy mission
  • Regulatory environment
  • Public interest
  • Litigative risk
  • Management in-brief
  • Information will be collected and analyzed for impact to range operations
  • Archival records search
  • Archival records search
  • Interviews
  • On-site assessment
  • Initially develop ORSM
  • Predictive modeling (PM)
  • PM Validation if concern is NOT identified
  • NoIs further analysis requiredto assess risk of potential off-range release? 1Proceed to CRE after consulting with Executive Team and repeat RCA in five yearsYesOn-Range PortionComprehensive Range Evaluation (CRE)YesImplement protective measuresDecision Point 2NoDecision Point 3CRE complete 2YesIs there likely to bean off-range release? 2NoProceed to SRO after consulting with Executive Team .Implement protective measures as necessaryNoYesOff-Range PortionCRE complete 2Sustainable Range Oversight (SRO) During Off-Range CERCLA ResponseSROSRO complete 2
  • Start CERCLA at RI step to address off-range release
  • Involve regulators and stakeholder
  • Evaluate and propose preferred response action alternatives that protect human health and the environment
  • Ensure environmental response actions do not adversely affect the long-term sustainability of range operations
  • Select and implement actions, for example:
  • Remedial, removal, and long-term management actions
  • Notes: 1. Protective measures can be implemented at any point in the process 2. RCA will be repeated every 5 years regardless of whether a CRE and/or SRO are conducted 3. Implement concurrently with CERCLA response when applicableQualitative Process
  • Background research
  • On-site interviews of appropriate personnel
  • Determine compliance with environmental statutes, etc
  • On-site assessment (walk the range)
  • Confirm background research and fill data gaps
  • Develop Data Quality Objectives
  • Develop Operational Range Site Model (ORSM)
  • 3-D hydrologic and hydrogeological picture of the range
  • Conceptual site model
  • Conduct predictive modeling (fate and transport)
  • ORSM integrated with range utilization data
  • Model potential vertical and horizontal migration of munitions constituents through various environmental media
  • Sampling Rational
  • Ranges will be sampled if any of the following conditions are met:
  • Results of predictive modeling inconclusive
  • Results of ORSM/predictive model shows potential migration of MC off range/risk to human health and environment
  • Anomalies (buried munitions)
  • Inconclusive knowledge of range (data gaps)
  • Initially sample outside of impact area and move out towards range boundary
  • Munitions Constituents
  • Developed NAVSEA Laboratory Quality & Accreditation Office
  • Ordnance Environmental Support Office
  • Marker Compounds (RDX, TNT, HMX) and Degradants
  • Perchlorate
  • EPA SW-846 (sampling analysis guideline)
  • Methods 8330, 8095, 8321, 8321A, 314
  • Navy Range Assessment Status
  • Number of training range complexes scheduled for assessments: 11
  • Number initiated: 11 (including 3 prototypes)
  • Estimated completion date: End of FY08
  • Number of test and evaluation ranges schedule: 5
  • Number initiated: 3 (FY07): 2 (FY08)
  • Estimated completion date: End of FY08
  • QUESTIONS???Execution Status RSEPA Training RangesExecution Status RSEPA Training RangesExecution Status Test RangesRSEPA
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