The Department of Defense established the Navy's Installation Restoration (IR) Program in 1986 to identify, assess, characterize, and clean up or control contamination from past hazardous waste-disposal operations and hazardous materials spills at U.S. Navy and Marine Corps installations. The program was developed to comply with federal requirements regarding cleanup of hazardous waste sites. These federal requirements are outlined in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended in 1986 by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).
In 2000, the National Defense Authorization Act required the DoD to establish a program addressing military munitions, known as the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) to address munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) and munitions constituents (MCs) used or released on sites from past operations and activities. The Muntions Response Program (MRP) is the Navy's equivalent to the DoD MMRP. Current IR Program policies and procedures apply to sites under the MRP, as well as provisions for unique explosives safety hazards
The IR Program and MRP on Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar are collectively referred to as the Environmental Restoration (ER) Program. The ER Program is a division of MCAS Miramar's Environmental Department and is managed by the Environmental Department in coordination with Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFACSW).
In December 2007, an Community Involvement Plan (CIP) was developed for MCAS Miramar's IR Program. This web site was established as an overview of the IR Program at MCAS Miramar in response to feedback received during the CIP. The Marine Corps continues to communicate with the community by conductingperiodic community surveys, developing informational fact sheets, and submitting public documents for review at specific times during the cleanup process.