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First quarter2014 environmental newsletter

  1. 1. Georgia Army National Guard Environmental Stewardship Branch Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 4 Our Mission The Georgia Department of Defense Environmental Stewardship Branch exists to support Commanders and their Mission by reducing environmental liabilities and promoting the US Army Environmental Stewardship Program. Our Vision Commanders maintaining readiness while acquiring the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions that protect and conserve today’s resources for tomorrow’s National Guard Soldiers and Citizens of Georgia. HAPPY NEW YEAR! ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BRANCH STAFF Dania Aponte Butch Environmental Programs Director (678) 569-6707 Thompson Compliance Program Manager (912) 448-4192 Felicia Nichols (678) 569-6755 Randy Drummond Restoration and Clean-up Manager (678) 569-6750 Frances Grieme eMS Program Manager (678) 569-6749 Karen Corsetti Pest Management Program Manager (678) 569-6751 Kathryn Norton Energy and Sustainability Program Manager (678) 569-6726 Michael Holloway Environmental Assessor - Cumming (678) 569-3841 Tangy Johnson Environmental Assessor - Ft. Stewart (912) 448-4195 Terri Allen Environmental Assessor - CNGC (678) 569-3840 Paul Hansen Environmental Assessor - Macon (478) 803-3070 Megan Spells Environmental Assessor - Tifton (678) 569-8458 Yvonne Edwards Environmental Assessor - Atlanta (678) 569-6752 NEPA Program Manager ~Clay National Guard Center- 1000 Halsey Avenue, Building 70, Marietta, GA 30060~ January 2014
  2. 2. Page 2 CFMO-ENV Recent Activities and Accomplishments Leaping into 2014 ========================================================================================= During the last year, the CFMO-ENV group has been busy. Some of the major events and accomplishments for the year are: Energy Program: Looking forward to Energy reduction initiatives and programs. See page 3 Environmental Training: Check out the up-coming EO/UECO training classes. See page 5. Compliance Program: Internal assessments scheduled for the next 6 months. See page 6. Cleanup & Restoration: Demolition of Oil/Water Separators. See page 7. Natural & Culture: Hunt & Fish for FREE!! See pages 8 & 9. Recycling Highlights: Hope for new waste streams for recyclables and some facts to consider. See pages 10 & 11. EQCC: Thanks for your participation. See page 12. “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” (Little Gidding) - T.S. Eliot
  3. 3. Page 3 Energy Program Energy Reduction Initiatives and Programs The Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG), Construction and Facilities Management Office, Environmental Programs is looking forward to an aggressive year in terms of energy reduction initiatives and programs. Major efforts this fiscal year will be in the following areas:     LED lighting upgrades for aircraft Hangar 300 at Clay National Guard Center (CNGC). The life-cycle cost analysis has been completed for this project and is awaiting acceptance from NGB-ILI. Completion of our Enterprise Energy Data Reporting System (EEDRS) metering program for advanced energy meters (AEMs) at CNGC. The set-up of the energy reporting data software and commissioning of NGB-installed meters at CNGC is complete. Training for CFMO personnel has taken place and GAARNG continues to fine-tune their understanding of the tracking device. The energy reporting tool, through a computer access portal, ‘communicates’ with the advanced meters at CNGC for graphical interface and real-time management of various energy variables. The completion of the EEDRS system by tying in the additional advanced meters at Clay. At that time, real-time tracking of energy data will be possible for most buildings on base. The GAARNG Energy Management Team is currently discussing other energy projects for Clay National Guard Center that will be the most effective energy efficiency efforts. Solar LED lighting is being Energy Tip: Lower Your Water Heating Costs Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home. Two tips to cut your water heating bills: 1. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°). 2. Insulate your water heater tank with an insulating blanket.
  4. 4. Page 4 Energy Program, Cont’d considered for all roadway/street/parking and security lighting around Clay. Return on investment analysis and contracting options will be determined for this initiative.  Other potential projects would be water and/or natural gas leak detection surveys. It is a goal of GAARNG to aggressively focus on water consumption containment within this fiscal year and beyond.  The energy team will also be completing the energy management projects for the statewide facilities that were generated in FY13 by a series of building audits. Scopes of work are currently being developed for those projects. The overall goal of this program is to use less energy and save resources, while preserving the mission readiness of the GAARNG by providing preeminent facilities for our soldiers. The primary drivers regarding energy and water conservation for the GAARNG are the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005); Executive Order (EO) 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management; the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007); and the recently released EO 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. These drivers set mandatory goals for energy and water reduction, renewable energy utilization, and sustainability. Under the EISA 2007 requirement, federal agencies must reduce energy consumption in buildings 3% annually, or 30% overall by 2015, relative to a 2003 baseline; and reduce potable water consumption 2% annually through FY 2012, or 26% by the end of FY 2020, relative to a FY 2007 baseline. Under the EPACT 2005 requirement, agencies must increase levels of renewable energy to 5% in 2010-2012 and 7.5% thereafter. For more information on the GAARNG’s Energy Management Program, please contact Kathy Norton at 678.569.6726 or
  5. 5. Page 5 Upcoming Environmental Training Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environmental Officer (UECO) Training Opportunities In accordance with AR 200-1, CFMO-ENV will provide one 8 hour block of initial training and one 4 hour block of annual refresher training for personnel assigned EO/UECO responsibilities. The 8 hour initial training is for personnel that have not received any EO/UECO training and the 4 hour refresher training is for personnel that have received initial training and require annual refresher training. EO/UECO training is offered once per calendar quarter by CFMO-ENV and specifically pertains to GAARNG environmental programs, not host installations. GAARNG units on host installations must attend the host installations training and comply 100% with host installation environmental program requirements. GAARNG EO/UECO training rotates between locations at GGTC, DLC Macon, and Clay NGC. All GAARNG units/facilities are required to have a primary and alternate EO/UECO assigned and properly trained by the cognizant training authority to manage environmental issues/concerns at the unit/facility. A training was held at CNGC on 14-15 JAN 14 and will be held again later this year. Remaining EO/UCO training courses for CY-14 are as follows: 15-16APR14, GGTC (Classroom Bldg TBD), Ft. Stewart, GA 15-16JUL14, DLC (Computer Lab), Macon, GA 14-15OCT14, Bldg 2 (Classroom TBD), Clay NGC, Marietta, GA CY-14 courses will be announced quarterly via FRAGO, normally one month prior to each scheduled course. Environmental Facts– Did you know? Keep lids on hazardous materials closed when not in use. Keeping containers closed has two benefits: 1) Improving air quality by preventing any evaporation. 2) Lessen likelihood of spills.
  6. 6. Page 6 Compliance Program FY-14 Internal Environmental Performance Assessment (EPAS) As required by ARNG EPAS Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) dated 19SEP12: CFMO-ENV will conduct environmental assessments of selected GAARNG facilities in FY-14 as scheduled below: DATE FACILITY DATE FACILITY 08-Jan-14 15-Jan-14 22-Jan-14 29-Jan-14 Cumming Readiness Center Albany FMS Glennville Readiness Center Brunswick Readiness Center 26-Mar-14 02-Apr-14 09-Apr-14 16-Apr-14 Dalton Readiness Center Swainsboro Readiness Center LaGrange Readiness Center Rome Readiness Center 05-Feb-14 12-Feb-14 19-Feb-14 26-Feb-14 05-Mar-14 12-Mar-14 19-Mar-14 Dublin FMS Winder AASF Hinesville Readiness Center Americus Readiness Center Decatur Readiness Center Cedartown Readiness Center Forsyth Readiness Center 23-Apr-14 30-Apr-14 07-May-14 14-May-14 21-May-14 28-May-14 04-Jun-14 Springfield Readiness Center Washington FMS Ft. Gordon Readiness Center DLC Macon Kennesaw Readiness Center Hartwell Readiness Center Columbus Readiness Center Findings of non-compliance will be prepared in the Web Compliance Assessment and Sustainment System (WEBCASS) hosted on GKO and reviewed by the GAARNG Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC) for recommended corrective actions with the affected facility. Internal EPAS assessments are required IAW AR-200-1, Chapter 16 and are conducted annually by CFMO-ENV staff when there is no external EPAS assessment conducted by ARNG. Additional information regarding the assessments and specific areas of interest can be obtained by contacting the CFMO Environmental Assessor assigned to assist each facility. CFMO-ENV POC is Mr. Charles “Butch” Thompson at, or by phone (912) 448-4192.
  7. 7. Page 7 Cleanup & Restoration Oil/Water Separator Demolitions Over the past year, much effort has been placed in the demolition and removal of sixteen oil/water separator units throughout the state. More are expected to be removed this year. As these devices and the associated plumbing have been removed, some issues have become evident: 1 - The technical drawings on file, most dating back over twenty years ago, aren’t representative of actual construction, be it concrete, plumbing, or fill underneath the wash pads. As these sixteen were removed, some of the surprises were:  Gravestones (no names or associated graves), apparently donated as blemished or seconds from local companies, used as fill underneath the wash pad and surrounding area.  Four feet of sand used as fill underneath a wash pad.  A wash pad, used for no other purpose, with eight inches of concrete outlined in the construction plans, built with four feet of concrete with two layers of 5/8” rebar.  An additional eighteen inch thick concrete pad of unknown purpose and origin underneath and pre-existing the wash pad removed in 2013.  At one location, the contractor accidently removed the septic lift station instead of the oil/ water separator surge vault due to old vague drawings. 2 - Try to avoid demolition during heavy rain seasons. 3 - There are some areas that will need some degree of cleanup consisting of soil removal and backfill with clean fill dirt. 4 - If new generation oil/water separator units are installed in the future, the installation, use, and maintenance of the units will need to be more closely monitored by the Unit Environmental Compliance Officers and the Regional Environmental Assessors. NGGA CFMO-E would like to thank the units for the exceptional cooperation and assistance demonstrated during the process of this statewide project. The success of which we report to the leadership would have been impossible without that assistance. CFMO-ENV POC is Randy Drummond at, phone (678) 569-6750.
  8. 8. Page 8 Natural & Cultural Resources Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Offering Chance to Hunt, Fish for Free for Life ATLANTA, GA (1/6/2014) “Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Offering Chance to Hunt, Fish for Free for Life” - Georgia Department of Natural Resources 07 JAN 2014, Web It’s another sporting opportunity of a lifetime! Georgians have the chance to win the right to hunt and fish for free for life statewide. The next edition of the Lifetime License Contest sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation begins Jan. 6, 2014. Visitors to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s Facebook page ( WildlifeResourcesDivisionGADNR [1]) can enter through Jan. 22, 2014 in a drawing for an adult lifetime sportsman license (ages 16 and older) or a youth lifetime license (younger than 16). “The first contest was a huge success, and we’re hoping for similar success in the second edition of this contest,” said Natural Resources Foundation chairman Glen Wilkins. “More than 4,000 participants entered the first contest, and we are hoping to see even more participation this time. We’re very excited to continue collaborating on these types of projects with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in our efforts to continue fostering and expanding Georgia’s great hunting and fishing traditions.” The contest starts Jan. 6. Participants can fill out an entry form on the Wildlife Resources Facebook page. Only those who have been Georgia residents for at least 12 months immediately prior to Jan. 31, 2014 are eligible. The drawing will be held at the division’s annual Weekend for Wildlife event Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014. Winners will be announced the following week. Adult sportsman licenses are for ages 16-64; the youth/infant licenses are for 15 and younger. Lifetime licenses ( include hunting, big game, wildlife management area, alligator, Georgia waterfowl conservation, salt and freshwater fishing and mountain trout licenses. Georgia residents 65 and older are already eligible for free lifetime sportsman licenses. Contest details are at [1].Wildlife Resources is a division within Georgia DNR. The mission of the Natural Resources Foundation is to support DNR efforts to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve the state’s natural, historic and cultural resources. The foundation’s focus includes recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that use sound environmental practices. Learn more at [2].
  9. 9. Page 9 Natural & Cultural Resources, Cont’d Sportsman’s Licenses: Bargain That Benefits Wildlife Even Georgians who buy a lifetime sportsman license are getting a deal, one that benefits wildlife and all who enjoy the outdoors. Prices are set by age group: The best bargain is for children: $200 for younger than 2 and $350 for ages 2-15. That’s a potential savings of more than $2,600 over a lifetime. The price for ages 16-59 is $500. Military veterans can purchase a lifetime license for $400. Discount lifetime licenses for resident adults age 60-64 are $95. Residents 65 and older can receive a free lifetime license, with an option to pay a one-time fee of $10 for a durable, commemorative plastic card. There’s even a provision for non-resident grandchildren of Georgians who hold a paid Georgia lifetime license! Applications and more details are at [3], or call 1-800-366-2661. A lifetime license not only provides access to the great outdoors, proceeds support Georgia wildlife and state-managed lands. DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division uses hunting and fishing license sales to fulfill its wildlife mission. Yet sales of lifetime sportsman and other licenses are also a key measure through which states receive federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funding. The federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program channels dedicated excise taxes on sporting equipment to states for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, their habitats and the hunting, fishing and other recreational opportunities they provide. Funding since the program began in 1937 has topped $14 billion nationwide. The Wildlife Resources Division uses its share of federal funds for efforts such as providing public fishing areas and managing the state’s 1 million-strong deer herd. It’s also worth noting that Georgia receives federal funds only for paid licenses. Avid hunters and anglers who buy a discount lifetime license ($95) at age 60, rather than waiting for a free lifetime license at age 65, ensure that their excise taxes are returned to Georgia for the rest of their life. “Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?” ― Walt Disney Company
  10. 10. Page 10 Recycling Program Initiative Looking forward to 2014 with Recycling Our collection of recyclables for November was outstanding! That was our highest month for the year 2013. Unfortunately our contract vendor for recycling pick up did not renew their contract for 2014. All containers have been picked up and are not available so please dispose of all recyclables in the waste cans until we can retain a new contract. We are currently looking into a contract vendor who will be able to pick up other waste streams other than just paper and cardboard. We are hopeful that by the end of this month we will be able to give you good news! Also, the current recycling efforts are only at Clay — we are looking at expanding throughout the state in the near future. Stay tuned for changes. Other waste streams we are looking into: Plastics (bottles, bags and shrink-wrap) Aluminum Pallets Wood Shavings Carpet Metal CFMO-ENV POC is Frances Grieme at or phone (678) 569-6749.
  11. 11. Page 11 Recycling Program Initiative , Cont’d Recycling Facts To Take Into Account... 1. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. 2. In 2009, Americans produced enough trash to circle the Earth 24 times. 3. Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. 4. We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road. 5. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks. 6. Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make alum cans from new material. 7. Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour. 8. Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs. 9. In 2009, Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of glass. That could fill enough tractor trailers to stretch from NYC to LA (and back!). 10. In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990. If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year. Sources: GreenWaste, Keep America Beautiful, EPA
  12. 12. Page 12 Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC) EQCC On Board! The Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC) has been meeting on a quarterly basis to provide insight and direction on a variety of environmental topics. The meetings serve as a forum for venting environmental protocol issues and for getting feedback on the development and tracking of the GaARNG’s significant aspect -reduction in energy consumption at Clay NGC - as identified in the GaARNG environmental Management System (GeMS). The EQCC members were also active participants during the 2013 Environmental Performance Assessment System (EPAS) audit and had unit personnel provide assistance to the CFMO-ENV division. After the completion of the EPAS, the EQCC members were briefed on the initial findings and quickly took steps to help tackle some of the issues. The final presentation on the EPAS findings will be given to the EQCC by NGB-ILE during the 2014 second quarter meeting. The meetings also serve to brief committee members on environmental issues happening throughout the state and to provide educational opportunities on different environmental topics. The members are an excellent resource to CFMO-ENV since the EQCC members are quick in providing solutions and don’t hesitate in supporting the environmental component of their respective units’ day-to-day activities. Their proactive approach prevents issues from expanding in scope and cost. The CFMO-ENV team is very thankful for their continuous support! For a listing of current EQCC members, or for additional information, please contact our CFMO-ENV POC Ms. Dania Aponte at or phone (678) 569-6707. Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. — John D. Rockefeller