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Environmental Management System

The INL EMS is designed to integrate environmental protection, environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and waste minimization into work planning and execution throughout all work areas. The EMS program is founded on the five core elements of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Environmental Management System Standard (ISO 14001).  The major elements of the EMS include policy, planning, implementation and operation, checking and corrective action, and management review.  The EMS is designed to implement the INL's environmental policy and to focus on controlling INL activities in a manner that minimizes the potential to negatively impact the environment.

INL attained ISO 14001 certification of its EMS, effective November 24, 2005, as a result of a three-stage registration audit completed November 10, 2005 by a third party registrar, and has maintained ISO 14001 certification since that time.

Environmental Policy

To support our mission, vision and strategic objectives, it is INL's environmental policy to conduct research, development and demonstration for energy and national security in a manner that protects and preserves human health and the environment and is in full compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations, and other requirements.

Standards of Performance

We implement this policy by integrating environmental requirements, pollution prevention, continual improvement into our work planning and execution, and taking actions to minimize the environmental impacts of our operations. We establish and communicate environmental responsibilities, provide environmental training to our workforce, and implement controls to mitigate environmental hazards. Through employee involvement and management commitment to environmental excellence, we will:

  • Exercise world-leading environmental stewardship to protect the unique natural, biological and cultural resources of the lands and facilities managed by INL.

  • Further demonstrate responsible environmental stewardship through effective resolution of legacy INL environmental issues.

  • Establish documented environmental objectives and targets and update them as necessary to reflect INL's changing needs, missions, and goals.

  • Measure our environmental performance and monitor our impact on the environment and communicate the results to our employees, subcontractors, stakeholders and the public.

  • Promote environmental sustainability, conserve natural resources and energy, minimize toxicity and volume of waste generated, and minimize environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of INL facilities and operations.

  • Conduct all activities and manage hazardous and radioactive materials and wastes in a safe, compliant, and cost effective manner.

  • Promptly identify noncompliant conditions and encourage full disclosure and open discussion regarding compliance issues. Aggressively work to resolve identified issues.

  • Conduct research and develop technologies to address legacy contamination and minimize impacts on human health and the environment.

  • Develop and deploy new and enhanced environmental technologies and share this expertise with other DOE sites; the community, locally and regionally; and external customers.

  • Conserve natural resources by reusing materials, purchasing recycled materials, using recyclable materials, and recycling materials using environmentally sound management practices.

  • Continuously improve our environmental management system through self-assessment and corrective action.

This policy applies to all persons working for or on behalf of INL. Every employee and subcontractor is expected to follow this policy and to report environmental concerns to leadership. Leaders shall promote world-leading environmental stewardship, take prompt action to address concerns and issues, and have zero tolerance for noncompliance.

(Environmental Policy Revison 1. Approved 8/07/08)

Pollution Prevention

See also: Government Property Sales

Welcome to INL's Pollution Prevention (P2) Web site. The P2 Program has been strategically integrated into other equally important programs such as ISO14001, NEPA, RCRA, CERCLA and other associated disciplines. The P2 Program is made up of five major elements:

  1. Solid Waste Management, which identifies recycling opportunities and develops supporting subcontracts to facilitate waste reduction and the Material Exchange Program.

  2. P2 Integration, which includes Pollution Prevention In Design (P2D), Affirmative Procurement, and ISO14001.

  3. Planning and Reporting Program, which support development of Pollution Prevention Plans and Waste Reduction Reporting.

  4. Waste Reduction, which assists generators in conducting Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessments (PPOAs) to identify P2 opportunities in their work processes.

  5. Training and Awareness, which develops and provides tools to increase employee awareness of P2, like this P2 web site.

The INL P2 program works with many other INL organizations to reduce pollution and minimize waste. In particular, the Property Reutilization and Disposal Office (PRDO) is actively engaged in reuse and sale of a variety of non-hazardous materials and equipment. Property reuse and sale includes INL reuse, transfers to other governmental agencies, the acquisition of excess assets from other governmental agencies, and gifting, donating, or selling excess and surplus property. This includes vehicles, scrap metal, buildings, computer equipment, and industrial machinery. Approximately 90% of that which is recycled/reused at INL can be attibuted to the PRDO's operations.

The INL P2 program has focused the majority of its work scope toward integrating P2 into the fabric of daily operations. P2 is no longer being considered an extracurricular activity, but a way of doing business. This philosophy lends to the effectiveness of the overall Environmental Management System, which has set continual improvement of INL environmental performance as its sole objective.

The INL P2 program provides a wide range of support services and provides technical assistance to INL research staff. The scope of the program also contains compliance initiatives, which include permit requirements and P2 projects that enhance INL's compliance posture.

So, now that we know where we are on the web, select one of the links to take you to more detailed information about the P2 Program at INL.

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