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June 2012 georgia army national guard environmental newsletter_v2_issue2

  1. 1. Georgia Army National Guard Environmental Stewardship Branch Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 2 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 Our vision is one of maintaining readiness, while utilizing knowledge and re- sources to make informed decisions regarding our environment. To pro- tect and conserve today’s resources for tomorrow’s National Guard Soldiers and the Citizens of Georgia. SUMMER IS HERE! ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BRANCH STAFFDania Aponte Environmental Programs Director (678) 569-6707 dania.g.aponte@us.army.milButch Thompson Sustainability Program Manager, South (912) 767-1823 butch.thompson@us.army.milFelicia Nichols NEPA Program Manager (678) 569-6755 felicia.nichols@us.army.milRandy Drummond Restoration and Clean-up Manager, (678) 569-6750 randy.drummond1@us.army.mil Sustainability Program Manager, NorthKaren Corsetti Pest Management Program Manager (678) 569-6751 karen.corsetti@us.army.milYvonne Edwards Environmental Technical Support Specialist (678) 569-6752 etta.edwards1@us.army.milKathryn Norton Cultural Resources Program Manager (678) 569-6726 kathryn.f.norton@us.army.milFrances Grieme eMS Program Manager (678) 569-6749 frances.grieme@us.army.milMichael Holloway Environmental Assessor –Cumming (678) 569-3841 michael.holloway3@us.army.milTangy Johnson Environmental Assessor –Ft. Stewart (912) 767-9133 tangy.johnson@us.army.milKip Rummel Environmental Assessor– CNGC, Atlanta (678) 569-3840 o.rummel@us.army.milPaul Hansen Environmental Assessor– Macon Not available paul.hansen3@us.army.milMegan Spells Environmental Assessor– Tifton (678) 569-8458 megan.e.spells@us.army.mil ~Clay National Guard Center- 1000 Halsey Avenue, Building 70, Marietta, GA 30060~ June2012
  2. 2. Page 2 Stewardship Activities for the Summer of 2012Some of the major events and goals of the CFMO-ENV group are:MAY 2012 – CFMO-ENV welcomes our new eMS Program Manager, Frances Grieme. Ms. Grieme joined theEnvironmental Stewardship Division May 1st and brings a wide array of knowledge, skills and abilities to the team.The CFMO-ENV division participated in two major workshops within May. The team attended both the NationalEnvironmental Workshop and the CFMO University in May. Please see article on Page 9.JUNE 2011 – The Cultural Resources Manager and the Environmental Programs Director attended the multi-state Native American Consultation May 29-Jun1 at Camp Minden, LA. Please see arti-cle on Page 7.Continuing Endeavors throughout the 2nd Quarter of 2012Natural Resources Management: The Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG)recently completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluating the potentialphysical, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of the proposed con-struction and operation of a new Regional Readiness Center (RRC) at the former Lorenzo Benn Youth De-velopment Campus, Fulton Co. Please see article on Page 5.Environmental Conditions of Property (ECOP): Environmental Conditions of Property assessments of retiredGAARNG facilities continue this year, as well as continuing cleanup efforts at the Bulk Fuel Farm at CNGC. Pleasesee article on Page 8.Compliance Program: GAARNG assessors are located at Cumming, Clay, Macon, Tifton and Ft. Stewart. TheSouthern Region program managers, Mr. Butch Thompson, is continuing training for all Guard personnel throughthe Environmental Officer classes (EO/UECO training). He continues to work with all facilities to ensure thatEOs are properly trained and that we all strive for successful environmental practices. Remaining EO/UECOtraining classes are scheduled as shown on Page 10.GA Environmental Management System (GeMS): Our GeMS program was successfully launched in 2011. Thegoal is to be in full conformance with ISO 14001 by December of this year. Please see article on Page 3.Cultural Resources Management : The Cultural Resources Program Division awarded a contract to Brockington& Associates for recordation of the historically eligible former Lorenzo Benn Youth Development Campus(LBYDC). The contract will culminated in a booklet-style document that tells the ‘story’ of the campus from itsinception in the 1930s to its discontinuation in 1999. Please see article on Page 7. In addition to the history book,stewardship efforts for the National Register Eligible property will include an informational/cultural kiosk in thenew Atlanta Regional Readiness Center to be constructed on the LBYDC property. Please refer to the 3rdQuarter newsletter, to be released in September 2012, for more information. "The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble." ~ Blaise Pascal
  3. 3. Page 3 Recently Launched Programs Environmental stewardship is the sustaining of environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment. In2005, the USEPA laid out a vision for environmental stewardship recognizing it as a means to a more sustainable future. The Environmental Stewardship Branch strives to assess the impacts of GAARNG activities comprehensively and proactively. Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. ~ Theodore Roosevelt Georgia Environmental Management System (GeMS)The Georgia Environmental Management System (GeMS) continues to make progress within the program.The push is to declare full conformance with ISO 14001 by December of 2012. At this time critical steps forconformance are being checked off as we develop, implement and continue with improvement toward sus-tainability.This month eMS Awareness Training will be held for senior leadership (TAG, CG, COS, EQCC). These arepersonnel responsible for eMS implementation. This will be held at the Clay National Guard Center, Building70, 19-21 June 2012. This is being held as mandated by Department of Defense, Department of the Armyand Army National Guard policy. The training will stress the importance of command emphasis and commit-ment to sustainability in all functions of every soldier, civilian and contractor.Please remember the eMS Targets and Objectives: 1-Program Management 2-Waste 3-Energy. This system of Targets and Objectives will help ensurethat we follow procedures which will reduce or avoid environmental impacts.Most importantly this will improve environmental performance, reduce costsand ensure compliance with federal/state laws and our own army regulations.If you have any questions regarding the GeMS Program or eMS, please contact(678) 569-6749 or frances.grieme@us.army.mil .
  4. 4. Page 4 GAARNG Marches Towards Energy EfficiencyUnder the leadership of the Construction Facilities Management Office (CFMO), the Georgia Army NationalGuard (GaARNG) embarked on the Governor’s Energy Challenge initiative. The Governor’s initiative hascommitted all state agencies to reduce energy consumption 15% by 2020.The GaARNG is moving toward participation in energy efficient rebate programs and implementation of wa-ter/energy conservation policies. Some of the energy conservation strategies proposed for Georgia include:installation of smart meters/monitors, photovoltaic systems, wind turbines (micro scale) and lighting retrofits.Georgia facilities range from multi-story and single story administration buildings, maintenance shops, hangarsand readiness centers. CFMO’s Energy Project Technician, Mr. Gary Grizzell, has been working with contractors/vendors to identify two potential areas for improvement. One of the areas is the replacement of existing lamps with T5 lamps on the majority of the Clay National Guard Center (CNGC) buildings. This effort will look at the viability of this program and an alternative program for using LED lighting at non administration type of buildings (e.g., mainte- nance bay areas). A second area for improvement is through the use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Currently, design work is underway for the use of PV panels on Bldg 300 at CNGC. Other buildings are also be- ing looked at and will be part of future design and implementation work. During the past year, some projects have already been completed. Some of the projects completed were: Bldg 555 Hangar and Bldg 831 at Dobbins ARB, and Hangar 1 at CNGC. In Building 555 Hangar, there were a total of 30 existing, 1000 watt high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps and old mag-netic coil core ballasts. Retrofitting the old luminaires and using the same quantities with T5 high output(T5HO) luminaires, contributed to approximately $10,900.00 annual cost savings. Building 831 administrativeoffice luminaires were older, T-12 troffers. These were replaced on a one for one basis, with more efficientT-8 luminaires and electronic ballasts. The warehouse portion of this facility was equipped with a total of 18HID metal halide luminaires. The existing luminaires were replaced, a one for one replacement, using T5HO.This retrofit project reduces energy costs by approximately $7,750.00 per year. Maintenance costs werereduced by approximately 20% due to the extended life of newer technology ballasts and bulbs. Hangar 1 atCNGC was also a prime candidate for retrofit as the older, metal halide 1000 watt lamps and magnetic coilcore ballast offered an opportunity to reduce energy costs by approximately $12,340 per year. The old lumi-naires were replaced on a one for one basis, with electronic ballasts, reduced wattage, using T5HO’s lampswhich maintain recommended light levels.Aside from energy conservation and savings from maintenance on extended lamp life, added benefits of ret-rofitting allows for replacements to be scheduled as useful life is reached. Replacements can be budgeted tocontribute to cost management. Other efforts currently underway will be the use of wind turbines (WT) ona micro scale. Personnel are currently looking at all energy through the use of WT instead of solely depend-ing on solar panels. As research and design efforts continue, it is anticipated that energy consumption willdecrease and success will be measured through decreased energy consumption and costs. For more informa-tion on this program, please contact Mr. Gary Grizzell at gary.l.grizzell@us.army.mil.
  5. 5. Page 5 Natural Resources ManagementThe Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG) recently completed an Environmental Assessment (EA)evaluating the potential physical, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of the proposed con-struction and operation of a new, 64,000-square foot Regional Readiness Center (RRC), a 100,000-squarefoot warehouse, and 40-acre dismounted (infantry or foot soldier) training area on the 112-acre formerLorenzo Benn Youth Development Center (YDC), a state-owned property, in Fulton County, Georgia.The new RRC is needed to provide the GAARNG with an adequate RRC and warehouse facility of sufficientsize and modern design necessary to efficiently attain required mobilization readiness levels for the assignedunits, as well as an appropriate dismounted training area to achieve required training proficiency, to the westof Atlanta, Georgia, within the overall greater Atlanta metropolitan area. The existing facilities are anti-quated, insufficient, and do not meet current standards or specifications and facilities allowances set forth inNG PAM 415-12.Under current conditions, in-volved units are located at theDouglasville Armory at 6784Church Street, Douglasville,Douglas County, Georgia (i.e.,Troops A and B of the 3rd of the108th) and at the Fulton CountyBrown Airport Armory at 4115South Airport Road, Atlanta, Ful-ton County, Georgia (i.e., 348thCombat Support Battalion [CSB]).However, neither the DouglasvilleArmory nor the Fulton CountyBrown Airport Armory possesses room for expansion; both facilities have limited parking, are surroundedby other development, and are no longer able to meet the increased needs of the assigned units. Ongoinguse of this deficient space would adversely affect involved units’ readiness, recruiting, retention, and trainingobjectives. However, no GAARNG properties will be closed or disposed of as part of this action.In addition, the Regional Training Institute (RTI) currently uses approximately 75-acres at the Rome Armory,located at 340 Wilshire Road in Rome, Georgia, to conduct small unit dismounted training. However, the RTI requires a second site to the west of and closer to the greater metropolitan Atlanta area to conduct this type of train- ing, which allows Soldiers to learn how to navigate undeveloped terrain on foot. No land improvements would be required for the proposed dismounted training area. While the GAARNG has a number of facilities within a 20-mile radius of the former Lorenzo Benn YDC Site, all of these facili- ties are currently occupied and would not provide sufficient space for the involved units to meet their training and adminis- trative requirements. The GAARNG is projected to grow from
  6. 6. Page 6 Natural Resources Management, contd.9,000 Soldiers in 2007 to over 12,000 Soldiers in 2012. Specifically, the rapid growth of the Atlanta metro-politan area, the second fastest growing metropolitan area in the US (i.e., only behind the Dallas/Ft. Worthmetropolitan area), has fueled the increased numbers of GAARNG Soldiers requiring suitable facilities innorthern Georgia and within the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Under “Grow the Army” (i.e., the newArmy force structure), two new brigades (i.e., approximately 2,000 Soldiers) have been added to theGAARNG. The population growth of Georgia, notably within the Atlanta area, has fostered this expansion.Based on an analysis by the GAARNG’s Recruiting and Retention leadership, it became clear that a RRC,warehouse, and dismounted training area was required to support this growth to the west of Atlanta.The proposed facilities would be constructed using federal funds. The National Environmental Policy Act(NEPA) of 1969 is a federal law that requires if federal funds are spent on a project, operation or activity, theimpact of those actions must be assessed, documented and provisions made for public involvement beforeproject initiation. Therefore, an EA was developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Actof 1969 (NEPA), 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 1500 through 1508, 32 CFR Part, and guidanceprovided in the Army National Guard Manual for Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969(2006).The purpose of this EA was to inform decision-makers and the public of the potential environmental effectsof the Proposed Action and its considered alternatives, prior to making a federal decision to move forwardwith any action. As part of the NEPA process and development of this EA, the GAARNG conducted exten-sive agency coordination with the:  US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Region 4.  US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District.  US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Region 4.  US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS).  Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GaDNR) – Historic Preservation Division (State Historic Preservation Office [SHPO]).  GaDNR – Wildlife Resources Division.  GaDNR – Environmental Protection Division (GaDNR-EPD).  Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).  Federally recognized Native American TribesBased on the analysis presented in the EA, the GAARNG determined that the construction and dismountedtraining would not have significant direct, indirect, or cumulative effects on the physical, biological, cultural,or human environments and therefore would not violate the NEPA, the CEQ Regulations, 32 CFR Part 651,or other federal, state, or local environmental regulations. As a result, a Finding of No Significant Impact(FNSI) was issued.The Final EA and Draft FNSI were made available for public review and comment for 30 days following publi-cation of a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The review period extended from26 February 2012 through 27 March 2012. As announced in the NOA, these documents were available forpublic review at the Adamsville-Collier Heights Library in Atlanta, Georgia.The National Guard Bureau (NGB) and the GAARNG affirm their commitment to implement this EA in
  7. 7. Page 7 Natural Resources Management, contd.accordance with the NEPA. They will ensure that adequate funds are requested in future years’ budgets toachieve the goals and objectives set forth in this EA. This is a huge accomplishment and positive step forwardfor the GAARNG! For additional information regarding the GAARNG’s Natural Resources Program, con-tact Felicia Nichols at (678) 569-6755 or felicia.nichols@us.army.mil. Cultural Resources ManagementThe GAARNG will develop a new Regional Readiness Center (RRC) at the former Lorenzo Benn Youth De-velopment Campus (LBYDC) located in southwestern Fulton County, Georgia. A Phase I cultural resourcessurvey of the approximately 112-acre former LBYDC property was conducted in 2010, and included back-ground research, pedestrian inspection, and systematic shovel testing within the 112-acre project tract. Thesite was found to include 18 buildings, and one structure, considered eligible for listing on the National Reg-ister of Historic Places (NRHP). No potentially eligible archeological resources were discovered.The GAARNG has investigated options for the stewardship of this resource. Under Section 110 complianceand guidance, the GAARNG has contracted and completed a recordation of the resource as a means ofdocumenting the resource socially, culturally, and historically. Research and historic archival-quality photog-raphy was added to the original Section 106 cultural resources survey to complete the Lorenzo Benn YouthDevelopment Center History booklet shown below. This document tells the ‘story’ of the center as itevolved through the years.In related cultural resources news, the CRPM and EPM attended the multi-state Louisiana/Alabama/Mississippi Native American consultation at Camp Minden, LA, May 29 - June 1, 2012. The GAARNG pro-vided updated summaries of GAARNG proposed undertakings through FY2015 and engaged in team buildingand discussion with the federally recognized tribal nations that were present. GAARNG anticipates joiningAlabama, Mississippi and neighboring southeastern states in a multi-state consultation in FY2013. Front cover of recently completed Lorenzo Benn Youth Development Center History booklet, an excerpt from the book’s narrative, and several photo take-a-ways from the archival images contained within the body of the document.
  8. 8. Page 8 Restoration and Clean-up Program The primary focus for the GaARNG Cleanup & Restoration effort re- mains the area at Clay National Guard Center previously used by the Navy as a Bulk Fuel Farm. A new round of soil and groundwater sam- pling has been completed to further define the depth, nature, and ex- tent of the contamination left as a result of many years of leaking pipes, fittings, and spillage. The lab results from this sampling effort will greatly assist the GaARNG, ARNG-ILE, the Savannah District Corps of Engineers, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in devel- oping the Corrective Action Plan required in the removal of the con- Hydraulic Core Sampling Rig tamination.Additional work has been initiated at the Columbus FMS and ReadinessCenter facility. For many years, the oil/water separator at this locationdischarged into an area immediately adjacent to Weracoba Creek,which feeds directly into the Chattahoochee River. The separator sys-tem has been rerouted to the correct sewer system. However, due tothe many years of vehicle wash water being potentially discharged to apublic water supply, we have conducted a soil sampling project to deter-mine if any contamination is present. Due to the heavily wooded area,seven core samples had to be taken with a hand auger. Lab results arepending, but initial field testing appears to be negative for any contami- Field Testing Core Samplesnants of concern.For additional information regarding the Restoration and Clean-up Program, please contact Randy Drum- mond, Cleanup and Restoration Program Manager, at (678) 569-6750 or randy.drummond@us.army.mil Hand Auger Sampling Field Documentation of Sampling Event
  9. 9. Page 9 Success of Recent Conferences National Environmental Workshop (NEW)The ARNG-ILE National Environmental Workshop (NEW) was held 1-3 MAY 2012 at the Atlanta Hyatt Re-gency. The NEW is the primary annual forum for the ARNG environmental community to come together toexchange ideas and insights into every day environmental issues. The NEW provides training for personnel;sharing of critical planning factors; and national policy updates insuring proper and consistent implementationacross the Nation. Some of the training provided allows personnel to receive continuing education credits –a plus when many environmental professionals must keep up to date on their certifications and funding toattend nationwide relevant training is very limited.The NEW is the year’s primary forum for Guard environmental staff to receive training by professionals fo-cused on mission and readiness. The event is a multimedia event and encompasses all environmental proto-cols. NGB personnel will also assist state personnel in unique environmental circumstances affected by regu-latory changes.This year, the GAARNG environmental team had the opportunity to attend the NEW in our home state.The networking and training alongside our colleagues was successful in that round table discussions andother course material were open for discussion and feedback. The GAARNG environmental division looksforward to putting lessons learned into action. CFMO University The GAARNG CFMO University was also held in Atlanta during May. The Construction Facility Management Officer University provides essential training to the staff members of the 54 National Guard CFMOs. This training covers virtually all areas of responsibility including Construction, Energy, Environment, Facilities Management, Real Estate, and GIS. The training included familiarization, refresher, advanced, and special topic training to augment sessions from previous years.For questions regarding the next CFMO-U, the POC is MAJ Tom McQue, Strategic Planning Branch, DSN 327-7915,703-607-7915, or thomas.w.mcque@us.army.mil.
  10. 10. Page 10 Environmental Compliance Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environmental Officer (UECO) Training 18JUL12In accordance with AR 200-1(Environmental Protection and Enhancement), CFMO-ENV will provide one 8hour block of training instruction for personnel assigned Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit EnvironmentalCompliance Officer (UECO) responsibilities. Next training course will be conducted on 18JUL12 at ClayNGC, Bldg 2 from 0800-1700. Class size is limited to 20 personnel, to register for the course send an emailto Mr. Charles "Butch" Thompson at butch.thompson@us.army.mil no later than 13JUL12. Ensure emailcontains rank, full name, and unit/facility assigned to as EO/UECO.EO/UECO training is offered once per calendar quarter by CFMO-ENV and rotates between locations atGGTC, Macon, and Clay NGC. Remaining training courses for CY-12 are:17OCT12 – GGTC, Ft. Stewart, Bldg TBDSoldiers should register to attend the course nearest their home station to alleviate issues with obtainingtravel orders and funding. Training will be conducted from 0800-1700 on the specified dates. In accordancewith AR 200-1 and FM 3-34.5 (Environmental Considerations) all units/facilities are required to have person-nel assigned as EO/UECO to manage environmental issues/concerns at the unit/facility. POC is Mr. Charles“Butch” Thompson via email at butch.thompson@us.army.mil or telephone (912) 767-1823. Spill Response Measures and ReportingDid you know that GAARNG facilities have established spill response measures and reporting requirementsthat are required to be complied with and completed when a spill of hazardous or non-hazardous materials/substances/chemicals occurs at a facility? These response measures and reporting requirements are contained in emergency response guidance docu-ments maintained at each facility. For units operating at the Georgia Garrison Training Center (GGTC),Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) #3, Confederate Avenue Complex, and Clay National Guard Center(CNGC) each of these locations have a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (SPCCP) thatmust be complied with.For all other GAARNG locations throughout the state units must comply with the Installation Spill Contin-gency Plan (ISCP) for each location. The difference between these two types of emergency response guid-ance documents is an SPCCP is a Federal regulatory requirement if a facility stores more than an aggregateof 1,320-gallons of petroleum products in aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) at a facility and an ISCP is re-quired by Department of Defense if any quantity of hazardous materials, substances, or chemicals are used/stored a facility.Both of these emergency response guidance documents provide written direction for immediate and follow-up actions to be taken, who to contact, and types of reports that must be made/submitted depending on theseverity of the spill. For more information regarding spill response measures, training, and reporting require-ments contact your unit/facility Environmental Officer (EO) or Unit Environmental Compliance Officer
  11. 11. Page 11 Environmental Compliance, contd.(UECO). CFMO-ENV’s POC regarding this subject is Mr. Charles “Butch” Thompson and he can be con-tacted via email at butch.thompson@us.army.mil or telephone (912) 767-1823. Data CallsThe 2nd Quarter FY12 ISR-Services Data Collection was submitted in April 2012. The performance measuresfor Waste Water Services, Fire Services, Indoor and Outdoor Pest Management were reported.The 2nd Quarter FY12 AEDB-EQ Data Call was submitted in April 2012. The Inspections, EMS Confor- Our Environmental Vision Lead the Army with unmatched environmental excellence that benefits our custom- ers, communities and employees. The Four Environmental Pillars Environmental pillars provide a structure that reflects the Army National Guard’s commitment to excellence in environmental stewardship. Leadership, people, resources, management, organiza- tion and communication comprise the foundation that supports the four pillars and their objec- tives. The four pillars are:  Compliance— ensure compliance with federal and state environmental laws, regulations and the presidents’ executive orders. Areas of focus include air quality, water quality, environ- mental audits, hazardous waste management and cleanup from ongoing activities.  Pollution Prevention— reduce or eliminate pollution by replacing hazardous materials with environmentally acceptable substances, process changes, and by reusing materials whenever possible. Hazardous waste reduction is a by-product of pollution prevention.  Conservation—protect and enhance valuable national resources on land under National Guard stewardship. These include wetlands, floodplains, endangered species habitats, historic and cultural sites.  Restoration—identify areas contaminated by past practices and clean up in a manner fully protective of human health and the environment. Work closely with federal and state regula- tory agencies to define appropriate cleanup measures and schedules. Establish and maintain Positive relationships with local communities and the general public. For more information regarding the ANG’s environmental endeavors and successes, visit: http://www.arng.army.mil/SiteCollectionDocuments/Publications/Enviromental%20Tab/ envexcellence.pdf