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FFRRO Background
FFRRO's mission is to facilitate effective cleanup
solutions at federal facility sites. By focusing on
partnering and public involvement, FFRRO and its
partners have made great strides in improving federal
facility cleanups.
FFRRO's Tribal Program
The United States has a unique legal and
political relationship with American Indian tribal
governments, established through and confirmed by
the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes,
executive orders and judicial decisions. Accordingly,
EPA works in partnership with tribal governments,
both at the facility and national policy-making levels.
FFRRO's Tribal Program protects the health of
American Indians and Alaskan Native Villagers at and
near federal facilities. FFRRO's goals are to:
•	Develop partnershipsthatwillenhanceparticipation
and the environmental decision-making process at
federal facilities through meaningful coordination
that respects the unique needs of each tribal
•	Provide technical and regulatory oversight at
NPL sites to ensure protection of human health,
effective program implementation and meaningful
public involvement.
•	Identify contaminated sites on or near tribal
lands, as well as site property that may be
transferred to tribes.
Federal Land Transfer to Tribes
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) base closures can
often lead to land transfers to tribes, held in trust
by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau
of Indian Affairs. Tribes may have opportunities
for economic development as well as access to
archeological sites and other cultural resources.
Outreach and Technical Assistance
The Federal Facility Cleanup Dialogue meetings in
October 2010 and September 2011 brought together
federal agencies, tribal, state and local governments,
communities, environmental groups and academia
to discuss progress, achievements and challenges.
Several federal agencies-the Departments of Defense,
Energy, Agriculture and Interior - participated in the
two-day forums. EPA will continue to solicit tribal
participation for the next phase of the Dialogue -
federal agencies working together to address issues
raised by stakeholders.
EPA's Technical Assistance Services for Communities
(TASC) program provides independent educational
and technical assistance to communities affected
by hazardous waste sites to help them better
understand and become involved in the cleanup
process for contaminated sites. TASCs website
provides more information: https://www.epa.gov/
Through EPA Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs),
communities can access the services of independent
technical advisors to help them understand technical
information and decisions at eligible Superfund sites.
The advisors can help communities interpret technical
reports, site conditions and EPA's proposed cleanup
proposals and decisions. For more information, visit:
https://www.epa.gov/superfund/tech nical-
Tribal Community
Involvement Opportunities
In addition to EPA's government-to-government
relationship with federally recognized tribes,
advisory boards and community groups are key
elements of outreach to tribal communities. FFRRO
works with DoD and the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) and their stakeholders by providing
technical and regulatory input at advisory board
meetings and by developing national policies for
advisory boards.
There are several types of advisory boards:
Restoration Advisory Boards (RABs) provide a
forum through which community members can
provide input to DoD's Restoration Program.
RABs operate at functional, closing or realigning
installations and Formerly Used Defense Sites where
there is sufficient and sustained community interest.
Site-Specific Advisory Boards involve stakeholders
more directly in DOE cleanup decisions.
Superfund Community Advisory Groups facilitate
the exchange of cleanup information among
stakeholders at Superfund sites.
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