Federal Facility Agreement:
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), requires a legally binding interagency agreement among agencies to establish timetables, procedures, and documentation for cleanup of federal sites on the National Priorities List (NPL). For the Oak Ridge NPL Site, this DOE, EPA, and TDEC interagency agreement is known as the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA).
The Oak Ridge NPL Site covers the areas where contamination exists associated with the Federal operations in Oak Ridge that pose a risk to the environment and/or human health. The FFA governs removal actions, interim cleanup actions, and final cleanup activities. It helps ensure that the environmental impacts associated with past activities are thoroughly investigated and the Department of Energy takes appropriate CERCLA actions and controls to protect human health and the environment.