In 2004, Andrews AFB was chosen as the site of an Air Force pilot study whose purpose was to re-examine processes and evaluate the results from its Base Environmental Restoration Program (ERP). The goal was to develop and implement a more streamlined, performance based cleanup strategy using innovative management, contracting, and engineering tools, including private sector concepts. The result was the Andrews AFB Environmental Restoration Performance Enhanced Plan (APEP), a strategy driven by speciﬁc goals and objectives set at the beginning.
At the heart of APEP is a partnership among federal, state, and local governments that enhances interagency cooperation, expediting cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater on or adjacent to the base. In 2004, senior agency leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing to cleanups that would protect human health and the environment, restore the installation’s natural resource infrastructure, and support the Andrews AFB mission. Features of the new cleanup program include:
- Streamlined investigations using dynamic ﬁeld site characterization tools.
- A holistic strategy to manage contaminated groundwater.
- Alternative cleanup approaches via Air Force-issued performance based contracts.
- Reduced duplication of effort among agencies.
- Agreed-upon performance standards in decision documents, where possible.
- Current and reasonable future land use scenarios used to set cleanup goals.