June 4, 2004  




Environmental Management System on the Horizon

By Mike Grissom

We all recognize that we can adversely impact both human health and the environment if we don’t properly manage activities to protect the environment, such as driving a smoke-belching vehicle or dumping hazardous waste in a municipal sewer.

Rich Cellamare is the staff person for the EMS Working Group. (Photo by Diana Rogers)

The nation—and federal agencies including the DOE in particular—was pointed in the direction of managing on-going operations in an environment-friendly manner when the President signed Executive Order 13148, ‘Greening the Government through Leadership in Environmental Management,’ in 2000.

SLAC has been managing the environmental aspects of its operations for many years by:

•Maintaining operations within permit requirements
•Establishing environmental goals with the DOE
•Improving the energy efficiency of operations
•Correcting problems that have or could have impacted environmental quality

Executive Order 13148, however, requires all DOE contractors, including SLAC, to establish an environmental management system (EMS) that shows they are formally addressing those operations and activities that have a significant impact on the environment and that objectives and targets have been set to reduce those impacts.

In response, on March 8, 2004 the ES&H Coordinating Council approved an EMS plan-of-action and the formation of an EMS working group (EMSWG) to meet the requirement that SLAC have a DOE-verified EMS program in place by December 31, 2005.

Core EMS Team

Since the latter part of 2001, a core EMS team has been reviewing materials, undergoing training and considering the options for development of a SLAC EMS. The team currently is comprised of:

•Butch Byers (EP), lead person for the Chemical Management System project
•Rich Cellamare (EP), lead person for the Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention program
•Luda Fieguth (SEM), lead person for the Energy Efficiency program
•Mike Grissom (ES&H), lead person for ISMS and EMS
•Bill Kroutil, (ESD), Chair, Environmental Safety Committee

EMS Working Group

The EMSWG, formally announced to DOE by the Director on March 24, includes the core EMS team as well as:

•Richard M. Boyce (SSRL)
•Rick Challman (BSD)
•Brian Choi (SSRL)
•Janice Dabney (TD)
•Frank King (RD)
•Elsa Nimmo (ESH)
•Sandy Pierson (RD)
•Michael Scharfenstein (ESH)
•Susan Witebsky (ESH)

Mike Grissom is the chair of the EMSWG and Rich Cellamare is the staff person. Cellamare will essentially be performing the role that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls the environmental coordinator, which includes gathering documents, coordinating meeting agendas and monitoring the project schedule.

Your Suggestions Encouraged

You are encouraged to contact any of the working group members with ideas on how to make operations at SLAC more environmentally friendly. In addition, a website is being developed. Suggestions for improving this site will be carefully considered. See: www.slac.stanford.edu/esh/isms/ems.htm

The Path Forward

Over the next several months the EMSWG will hold meetings at which program managers will give presentations and operational activities will be evaluated regarding their impacts on the environment and how these can be further reduced.

Periodic articles in TIP and regular website updates will provide details, including how individuals and managers can participate, and report progress throughout the formal EMS development process.


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Last update Thursday June 03, 2004 by Emily Ball