WHAT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT (ESCA) ?
An Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement (ESCA) is a grant mechanism that enables the Army to provide funding to a local governmental entity. This allows the local entity, such a reuse authority, to conduct remedial activities necessary to meet state and federal cleanup standards more efficiently than traditional contracts.
On March 31, 2007 the U.S. Army (Army) and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) entered into an ESCA thereby allowing the Army to transfer approximately 3,300 acres of Economic Development Conveyance (EDC) properties and the responsibility of removing Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) to FORA. The property was received by FORA under the terms of a Finding of Suitability for Early Transfer (FOSET), which was approved by the Governor of California.
The goal of the program was to complete the Army's environmental remediation obligations under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Departments of Toxis Substances Control (DTSC) oversight. Munitions remediation responsibilities were completed and achieved regulatory approval in 2019. Currently FORA is working with the local jurisdictions to transfer this property.