The Army measures cleanup progress at IRP sites, against two milestones: Remedy in Place (RIP), which occurs when cleanup systems are constructed and operational; and Response Complete (RC), which occurs when the site finishes cleanup activities (though the Army or a subsequent owner may continue to monitor the remedy). The IRP program has achieved RC at more than 10,000 of 11,088 sites. Army goals call for RC at 90 percent of all sites by FY 2018 and at 95 percent by FY2021.
The Army publishes Installation Action Plans (IAPs), which is the key planning document in the management and execution of installations with IRPs. The IAP outlines the total multi-year integrated, coordinated approach to achieving an installation’s cleanup goals. The plan is used by the USAEC, IMCOM, the National Guard Bureau (NGB), the Army Materiel Command (AMC), and other Army commands and installations and presents the approach an installation will use to clean up its sites. The IAP includes individual site descriptions and site status, chronological history of contamination studies, future-site cleanup requirements, site cleanup goals and schedules, past-current-future goals and schedules, and major issues that affect the installation’s cleanup program.
In addition, the Department of Defense annually submits a report to Congress (ARC) on its Defense Environmental Programs (DEP). The DEPARC describes the Department's accomplishments during the past year in its restoration, conservation, compliance, and pollution prevention programs by addressing plans and funding needs for protecting human health, sustaining the resources DoD holds in the public trust, meeting its environmental requirements, and supporting the military mission. The status of the Army’s IRP is included in the DOD’s report. The DEPARC shows the current status of the cleanup program including the sites still awaiting cleanup (Total Site Inventory), as well as the number and percentage of sites reaching RIP and RC.