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Local environment management to go under microscope in January

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Published: December 18, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (December 18, 2014) -- Army Environmental Command will be inspecting Fort Rucker on regulation compliance and its Environmental Management System next month, and officials here suggest people refresh their knowledge of environmental policies and procedures.

The Environmental Performance Assessment and Assistance System is an external audit taking place Jan. 12–15 that is conducted about every three years.

“They are going to make sure your organization is complying with all federal, state and Army regulations,” said Melissa Lowlavar, Fort Rucker Environmental Management Branch chief. “They will also make sure your organization knows the environmental policy and has general awareness of EMS, Fort Rucker’s Environmental Management System.”

“Fort Rucker’s environmental policy uses a formula, E=pc2, our policy is to prevent pollution, comply with environmental laws and to continually improve,” she said.

“You need to know who your environmental officer or environmental point of contact is,” Lowlavar explained. “I suggest offices post environmental policy posters on bulletin boards and around the office, and have a review with their people about the environmental policy, who their environmental POC is and other general aspects of the program.

“Every organization is required to have an environmental officer or an environmental point of contact.  The environmental officer and environmental point of contact appointment and training plan, which is posted on our website, fortrucker-env.com, will tell you which one your organization needs,” she added. “It is also the place to go for questions, policies, posters and other information.

“Everybody touches the EMS and environmental compliance whether they know it or not,” she said. “Participating in the recycling program, which we encourage everyone on the installation to do, is doing just that.

“I feel that we have made great strides in the last few years with recycling on Fort Rucker,” said Lowlavar. “However, there is always room for improvement. We also have the incentive program. If your organization has a fund code, you can get MWR funds based on the amount that you recycle.”

Lowlavar suggests people contact their environmental POC to get detailed information on recycling, as well as the EPAAS audit, but says there is also information on Fort Rucker’s environmental website.

“During this inspection, if someone comes and asks about the environmental policy and you can’t remember it word-for-word, I recommend you take them to where you have your office’s environmental policy poster and say, ‘Here it is’,” Lowlavar said. “Also, if you have not had Environmental Management System awareness training yet, you can visit the website and there is a brief PowerPoint presentation that has all the information you need to know about EMS to be in compliance.”

In addition to the website, which is accessible from the Fort Rucker website, rucker.army.mil, the environmental and natural resources division has a Facebook page for more information.

This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/140339/

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