Pollution Prevention (P2) Branch
Pollution prevention (P2) is a comprehensive initiative to reduce and prevent pollution at the source. It focuses on conservation of resources, replacement of hazardous materials with less hazardous materials, waste reduction, recycling, and other preventive means to successfully and cost effectively avoid, prevent, or reduce the generation of pollutants. The P2 program has three major impacts on Fort Lee. First, it helps reduce our environmental compliance burden by minimizing the applicability of requirements imposed by environmental laws and regulations. Second, successful P2 projects help reduce operational costs. Third, the P2 program is fundamental in reducing waste and the generation of pollution. The approach in which we integrate P2 is through the Fort Lee Mission Integration Environmental Management System. The purpose of the Environmental Management System is to provide and communicate a standardized, web-based Mission Integrated Environmental Management System (MI-EMS) to the Fort Lee community. The MI-EMS is designed to provide the management system infrastructure to support the installation and its organizations and meet the requirements for an environmental management system based on the ISO 14001 standard, Executive Order 13423 and Army EMS requirements.
All projects, exercises, must receive an environmental review IAW AR 200-2. AR 200-2 is an Army amplification of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is a planning tool. If done properly, projects, etc. will be executed in a manner which best meets mission requirements it also saves Army dollars. All work orders submitted to DPWL receive a NEPA review. Even exercises, etc. should be reviewed. This allows coordination of go/no-go areas in field training, thereby avoiding violations or possible hazardous exposures to personnel. Begin NEPA (aka, planning) early: short lead times can jeopardize your project/mission and lead to delays and/or legal complications.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions. To meet this requirement, federal agencies prepare a detailed statement known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). EPA reviews and comments on EISs prepared by other federal agencies, maintains a national filing system for all EISs, and assures that its own actions comply with NEPA.
For further information call NEPA/Sustainability 734-5352. Let's think of a few reasons Why it CAN be done.
Protecting the land we defend
The United States Army Garrison Fort Lee consists of approximately 5500 acres located in south-central Virginia at the fall line, the geologic demarcation between the Piedmont and Tidewater regions of the State. Fort Lee is a medium sized installation. Fort Lee is the home of the Army’s Quartermaster Regiment and houses the US Army Quartermaster Center and School (USAQMCS). The installation supports a permanent party population of approximately 3600 military and 3400 civilian personnel. More than 4100 students graduate from training, educational, and professional development courses yearly. The post supports 6400 family members, 19000 retirees, and 19000 survivors and family members residing within the geographic area. The Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) is located on Fort Lee and is one of two integrating centers within the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The 49th Quartermaster Group, a US Army Forces Command deployable unit, is stationed at Fort Lee. Department of Defense missions include the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) headquarters and, within the USAQMCS, a joint petroleum training facility. The Installation Pest Management Plan describes the installation's pest management requirements, outlines the necessary surveillance and control requirements, and describes the administrative, safety, and environmental requirements of the program. Fort Lee no longer employs government entomologists. All entomological functions are performed via contract or local purchase (credit card purchase) in accordance with guidelines established in U.S. Army CASCOM&FL Policy 17-03.
Integrated pest management methodology is utilized. Child care providers and food service areas must be surveyed by Preventive Medicine. All others surveilled by your facility manager IAW policy. Installation policy available upon request. Organizations pay for service with IMPAC card. POC is Pollution Prevention Chief 734-3560.
Backflow Protection Program managed by EMD. The program is responsible for the installation, testing, and maintenance of 525 backflows in 250 buildings as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Fort Lee Forestry Program is an integral part of Army training but also provides biological diversity, wildlife habitat, air and water quality, soil conservation, watershed protection, and recreational opportunities.
In 1956, legislation was passed that established a reimbursable fund for the DoD's forestry program (Sale of Certain Interests in Land; Logs. 10 USC 2665). This established the program that is known today as the Army conservation reimbursable forestry program which Fort Lee participates. Congress provided authority for the military departments to retain the receipts from sales of forest products; these receipts would otherwise have been deposited as miscellaneous receipts in the U.S. Treasury. The law stated that "appropriations of the DoD available for operation and maintenance may be reimbursed during the current fiscal year ... for all expenses of production of lumber or timber products ... from amounts received as proceeds from the sale" of timber. Additionally, Fort Lee adheres to the state entitlement program which requires installations to distribute 40 percent of net proceeds from timber sales to the State of Virginia, which in turn distributes the money to Prince George County. The revenues distributed to Virginia are intended to be used for roads and schools.
Fort Lee requires that you contact the Environmental Management Division before removing trees on the Installation.
The HMCC is established for requisition, receipt, distribution, reutilization, and turn-in of all HAZMAT utilized on the installation.
The purpose of this program is to establish policies and procedures for the life cycle management of HAZMAT on Fort Lee, Virginia. all customers of the operational procedures of Fort Lee’s HMCC.
- Identify the responsibilities of the HMCC and its staff. This includes cradle-to-grave management of HAZMAT. The HMCC staff will accomplish this through the use of the HMMS/HMMP database.
- Establish the authorized life cycle procedures to be followed by all Fort Lee organizations and tenants when acquiring HAZMAT.
- Establish regulatory compliance and inventory management procedures for all HAZMAT consumed during training or maintenance activities on the installation.
- Implement environmental stewardship with respect to HAZMAT, including: reduced inventories, reduced usage, reduced HW generation, a safer work environment through the use of authorized environmentally safe materials, and procurement savings.
- Provide the Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) for the HMCC.
All post organizations are supposed to participate in the Hazardous Material Management Program (HMMP). Point of contact is Foreman Hazardous Material Specialist at 734-5243. Installation policy available on request.
Recycling program. Point of contact is Recycling Mgr 734-3766 or Pollution Prevention Chief 734-3560. Cost avoidance in tipping fees keeps money in operation and maintenance (O&M) program. More money for maintenance, community projects. Recycling funds can be used for community projects Colonial Heights: 35-40 lbs/residence; Fort Lee: less than 10 lbs/residence. Similar demographics in housing – we can do better! Offices and work spaces are required to have a recycling plan per post policy. Installation policy available upon request.
The Installation Restoration (IR) Program is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative that identifies, investigates, and cleans up former waste disposal sites. A variety of waste—such as solvents, waste oil, and metals—are generated at military installations. Past disposal practices for these wastes, although acceptable at the time, did not meet today’s stricter environmental laws. In 1980, the DOD changed the way it does business. Since then, DoD has been a recognized leader in environmental compliance.
In 1975, DoD began a pilot program to investigate past hazardous waste disposal on military property. This pilot program evolved into the current Environmental Restoration Program, which includes both the Installation Restoration Program and the Munitions Response Program. Depending upon the circumstances, military environmental restoration sites are identified, investigated, and cleaned up in accordance with RCRA or CERCLA, or an integrated approach based on both laws.
Currently, all of the environmental restoration sites on Fort Lee are being investigated and cleaned up under the CERCLA process. Sites with Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) are being investigated and cleaned up under the Munitions Response Program.
The goal of the DoD Installation Restoration Program is to reduce, in a cost-effective manner, the risk to human health and the environment of hazardous substance contamination from past DoD activities in the U.S. and its territories. Risk management is the primary philosophy in programming, budgeting, and executing the program.