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GaARNG March 2013 Environmental Newsletter_v3_issue1

  1. 1. Dania Aponte Environmental Programs Director (678) 569-6707 dania.g.aponte.nfg.@mail.milButch Thompson Compliance Program Manager (912) 448-4192 charles.j.thompson26.nfg@mail.milFelicia Nichols NEPA Program Manager (678) 569-6755 felicia.a.nichols2.nfg@mail.milRandy Drummond Restoration and Clean-up Manager (678) 569-6750 randy.m.drummond.nfg@mail.milKaren Corsetti Pest Management Program Manager (678) 569-6751 Edwards Environmental Specialist, Recycling Program (678) 569-6752 etta.y.edwards.nfg@mail.milKathryn Norton Program Manager (678) 569-6726 Grieme eMS Program Manager, Technical (678) 569-6749 frances.h.grieme.nfg@mail.milMichael Holloway Environmental Assessor – Cumming (678) 569-3841 Johnson Environmental Assessor – Ft. Stewart (912) 448-4195 tangy.s.johnson.nfg@mail.milPaul Hansen Environmental Assessor – Macon (404) 803-8578 paul.l.hansen11.nfg@mail.milMegan Spells Environmental Assessor – Tifton (678) 569-8458 megan.e.spells.nfg@mail.milOur MissionGeorgia Army National GuardEnvironmental StewardshipBranch NewsletterVolume 3, Issue 1Our VisionOur vision is one of maintaining readiness, while utilizing knowledge andresources to make informed decisions regarding our environment. To protectand conserve today’s resources for tomorrow’s National Guard Soldiers andthe Citizens of Georgia.March 2013~Clay National Guard Center- 1000 Halsey Avenue, Building 70, Marietta, GA 30060~The Georgia Department of Defense Environmental Stewardship Branch existsto support Commanders and their Mission by reducing environmentalliabilities and promoting the US Army Environmental Stewardship Program.ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BRANCH STAFFSPRING HAS SPRUNG!
  2. 2. Page 2CFMO-ENV Recent Activities and AccomplishmentsNew Program Started:JANUARY 2013 - The Environmental Depart-ment has been given the opportunity to work ona new program. Portions of the GAARNG’s En-ergy Program is being managed by Ms. KathyNorton. For more information on Ms. Norton’sinvolvement in this program, see Page 3.Continuing Endeavors throughout 2013:Environmental Training: Mr. Butch Thompson will be conducting training for all Guard per-sonnel through the Environmental Officer classes (EO/UECO training). For information onthe EO/UECO training classes, please refer to page 5.Compliance Program: NGB notified the GAARNG CFMO-Environmental division which fa-cilities will be assessed during the upcoming External Environmental Performance Assessment(EPAS). For additional information, please refer to page 6.Natural Resources Management: GAARNG is currently conducting an Environmental As-sessment (EA) at the Oglethorpe Armory Site in Ellenwood, Clayton County. Please see arti-cle on page 8.Cleanup & Restoration: Mr. Randy Drummond has been busy with demolition and removalof our vehicle wash areas and the associated oil and water separator (OWS) systems. Pleasesee article on page 9.“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish thehistory and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do notlet selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” —Theodore Rooselvelt
  3. 3. Page 3Recently Launched ProgramThe Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG), Construction and Fa-cilities Management Office, Environmental Programs has been verybusy with regards to energy management. Within the last three months,the team has accomplished the following tasks:—Completion of Phase II energy audits and Life-Cycle Cost Analyses(LCCA) of all buildings at Clay National Guard Center, producing420R submittals for 38 Energy Conservation Measure (ECM) improve-ment projects. Projects include upgrades such as lighting occupancy/vacancy sensors, setbacks to turn off or adjust equipment settings atnight, during off-hours and when the buildings are unoccupied, motorefficiency upgrades, high-efficiency lighting installations.—The same Phase II audit, LCCA/ECM generation, 420R submittal process for 58 GAARNG fa-cilities state-wide has kicked off. Audits are scheduled to wrap up in July of this year andECM projects will be generated prior to the end of the fiscal year.—Georgia Power utility bill data analyses for approximately 80 GAARNG accounts/facilities.From this analyses, rate structures and load factors are being negotiated.—In-field utilities review with Georgia Power for the vacated E. Confederate Guard property.Determinations are being made for accounts that could be closed, modified, or rate-negotiatedto considerably reduce energy expenditures at this location.—Installation of advanced metering system boxes at 61 Clay National Guard Center buildings and58 GAARNG buildings across the state; commissioning these meter boxes and completion of acommissioning training manual for GAARNG personnel going forward.—Staging of a pilot program to gauge how an Energy Management Control System (EMCS) canassist in retrofitting older buildings for energy conservation. The centralized control system,through a computer access point/dashboard interface, would ‘communicate’ with all tied-inmetered facilities for real-time management of various energy variables.—Beginning analyses of a pilot program for ‘Power Conditioning’ at a GAARNG facility to as-sess the viability/profitability of this technology. Power conditioning is a ‘clean energy’ tech-nology which reduces harmonic disruptions and surges in a facility’s power supply.—Creation of a Standard Operating Procedural (SOP) Manual, per a myriad of federal and Armyregulatory guidance, for the ‘Army Energy and Water Management Program.’—Attendance of multiple seminars, both in-person, and via web-based training to continue educa-tion in the ever-expanding field of energy management.GAARNG Energy Program
  4. 4. Page 4Energy Program, Contd.The CFMO hopes to realize additional energy savings through a solar panel pilot project at four Georgia ArmyGuard facilities. The installation of Photovoltaic panels are expected to reduce utility costs at each facility by30 percent.And, while retrofitting existing buildings can realize a payout over time, smart building design plays a largerole in energy savings from the first day of occupancy. New military construction projects initiated by theCFMO are also taking full advantage of technological advances in building materials and energy efficiency.The Cumming Readiness Center scheduled to become fully operational in April 2013, is the latest example ofthis trend toward energy efficient construction.The overall goal of this program is to use less energy and save resources, while preserving the mission readi-ness of the GAARNG by providing preeminent facilities for our soldiers.For more information on the GAARNG’s En-ergy Management Program, please contactKathy Norton at 678.569.6726 or NGC — Building 300 Roofpictured with the new solar panels.Pictures courtesy of Viki S. Mool-man, CFMO Contracting Officer
  5. 5. Page 5Environmental Officer (EO) / Unit EnvironmentalOfficer (UECO) Training 17-18 APR 13In accordance with AR 200-1 (Environmental Protectionand Enhancement), CFMO-ENV will provide one 8 hourblock of initial training and one 4 hour block of annual re-fresher training for personnel assigned Environmental Offi-cer (EO)/Unit Environmental Compliance Officer (UECO)responsibilities. The 8 hour initial training is for personnelthat have not received any EO/UECO training and the 4hour refresher training is for personnel that have receivedinitial training and require annual refresher training.Training will be conducted at Building 2, Classroom TBD, Clay NGC 17-18APR13. Initial EO/UECOtraining was conducted on 17JAN13. Refresher EO/UECO training will be conducted on 18JAN13 from0800-1200 at Building 2, Clay NGC. Class size is limited to 20 personnel for each class. To register, send anemail to Mr. Charles "Butch" Thompson at no later than 12APR13. En-sure email contains rank, full name, and unit/facility assigned to as EO/UECO.This training is offered once per calendar quarter by CFMO-ENV and specifically pertains to GAARNG envi-ronmental programs, not host installations. GAARNG units on host installations must attend the host installa-tions training and comply 100% with host installation environmental program requirements. GAARNG EO/UECO training rotates between locations at GGTC, Macon, and Clay NGC. All GAARNG units/facilities arerequired to have personnel assigned as EO/UECO and trained by the cognizant training authority to manageenvironmental issues/concerns at the unit/facility.Remaining EO/UECO training courses scheduled for CY-2013are as follows:17JUL13 – 8 hour Initial, GGTC, Ft. Stewart, Building TBD18JUL13 – 4 hour Refresher, GGTC, Ft. Stewart, Building TBD16OCT13 – 8 hour Initial, DLC Macon17OCT13 – 4 hour Refresher, DLC MaconSoldiers should register to attend the course nearest their homestation to alleviate issues with obtaining travel orders and fund-ing. Training will be conducted on the specified dates in accor-dance with AR 200-1 and FM 3-34.5 (Environmental Considera-tions).Upcoming EnvironmentalTraining
  6. 6. Page 6External Environmental Performance Assessment (EPAS) by NGB 19-23AUG13CFMO-Environmental received notification from NGB regarding the facilities to be assessed during our Ex-ternal Environmental Performance Assessment (EPAS) during the week of 19-23 August 2013. Followingfacilities will be assessed:The purpose of the assessment is to evaluateGAARNG’s overall environmental compliance at ourfacilities with regards to DOD, local, State and Federalregulations. The assessment process will involveCFMO-Environmental staff, unit/facility EOs/UECOs,and assessment teams consisting of civilian auditorscontracted by NGB. Assessment team personnel willrequire complete access to the entire facility (everythingmust be unlocked and accessible, except weapon vaultsif sensitive items are present), in order to complete theassessment as scheduled.Environmental Compliance
  7. 7. The following areas of interest (not all inclusive) will be assessed: Air Emissions (operations and permit requirements, if applicable) Wastewater Management (includes septic tanks, floor/shop drains,washrack/oil water separator operations, or any other industrial re-lated discharge to the environment or sanitary treatment works andpermit requirements) Storm water Management (includes items listed in wastewater man-agement and permit requirements) Non-Hazardous/Hazardous Waste Management (all size generators,includes waste manifest and land disposal restriction (LDR) recordreview) Hazardous Materials Management Pesticide/Insecticide/Herbicide Applications and Management Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank (AST/UST) Manage-ment Monitoring Well Management Training (RCRA Hazardous Waste Management and Operations, DOT Hazardous Materials Manage-ment and Operations, Hazard Communication, Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environmental Compli-ance Officer (UECO), Emergency/Spill Response and Awareness, and eMS training/familiarization) POL Management (new and used POL) Spill Prevention Contingency Plans (SPCP), Installation Spill Contingency Procedures (ISCP), or Mobile FuelTanker (MFT) procedures Parts Washer Operations (aqueous and solvent) Paint Booth Operations (CSMS North and CSMS South) Municipal Solid Waste NEPA (local training areas and record of environmental considerations/categorical exclusions (RECs)) Noise Complaint Process Cultural Resources Natural Resources (erosion, wetlands, flood zones, threatened/ endangered species) Toxic Substance Management (Asbestos, Lead Based Paint (LBP), Radon, and PCBs) Freon Recovery/Exchange) Fueling Operations (if fuelers or ASTs on site and fueling/refueling conducted) Environmental Management System (eMS) Backflow/cross-connect valve prevention.CFMO-Environmental staff are in the process of pre-assessment work-ups to assist the selected facilities inpreparing for the assessments and will contact EOs/UECOs to schedule the pre-assessments. All administra-tive documentation for the past three (3) years pertaining to the subject areas above (e.g., facility environ-mental binder, emergency action/response plans, permits, SOPs, duty orders, regulations/directives, wastemanifest/LDRs, training records, job descriptions, etc.) must be available for review during these work-ups.Progress briefs will be provided to appropriate facility chain-of-command personnel and the GAARNG Envi-ronmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC). CFMO POC is Mr. Charles “Butch” Thompson or 912.448.4192.Environmental Compliance, Contd.Page 7
  8. 8. Page 8Natural Resources ProgramThe Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG) is currently con-ducting and Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify, docu-ment and address the potential physical, environmental, cultural,and socioeconomic effects of the proposed construction and op-eration of a Regional Logistics Center (RLC) at the OglethorpeArmory Site in Ellenwood, Clayton County, Georgia. The RLCwill include a new Combined Support Maintenance Shop(CSMS)/Field Maintenance Shop (FMS), a new United StatesProperty and Fiscal Office (USP&FO) facility, and a renovatedReadiness Center.The proposed facilities would be constructed using federal funds and therefore are subject to Army NationalGuard approval and congressional funding. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 is a fed-eral law that requires if federal funds are spent on a project, operation or activity, the impact of those actionsmust be assessed, documented and provisions made for public involvement before project initiation. There-fore, an EA is being prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 40Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 1500 through 1508, 32 CFR Part, and guidance provided in theArmy National Guard Manual for Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (2006).The purpose of the EA is to inform decision-makers and the public of the potential environmental effects ofthe Proposed Action prior to making a federal decision to move forward with any action. In this manner, fed-eral decision-makers can make a fully informed decision, aware of the potential environmental effects of theirProposed Action. As part of the NEPA process and development of the EA, the GAARNG will conduct exten-sive agency coordination with the:US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Region 4US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah DistrictUS Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Region 4US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS)Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GaDNR) – Historic Preservation Division (State Historic PreservationOffice [SHPO])GaDNR – Wildlife Resources DivisionGaDNR – Environmental Protection Division (GaDNR-EPD)City of Forest Park Planning, Building, and ZoningForest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment AuthorityFederally recognized Native American Tribes.In addition, the EA will be made available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days. Substan-tive issues and/or concerns resulting from agency coordination or the public review period will be addressedin the EA’s analysis. For more information on the GAARNG’s Natural Resources Program, please contactFelicia Nichols at 678.569-6755 or
  9. 9. Page 9Cleanup & Restoration Program“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to oneanother.” — Mahatma GandhiGone are the days of “down the drain, out of sight”. U.S. Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act stan-dards have ensured that Americans have access to the safest drinking water in the world. A major initiativethat has contributed to the quality of the water that comes from our faucets and water coolers is the emphasison what goes down the drain and where the drain eventually outfalls. The hydrologic cycle, as depicted in thefigure below, has opportunities for contamination that results from GAARNG activities.Our activities potentially impact the processes of surface runoff, infiltration, and groundwater flow. Contami-nation introduced in any of those processes eventually reaches the fresh- and salt-water sources.Groundwater contamination from bulk fuel farm storage and solvent cleaning processes has been discussed inprevious newsletter articles. In this issue, the focus is on current GAARNG initiatives involving the demoli-tion and removal of our vehicle wash areas and the associated oil and water separator (OWS) systems.
  10. 10. Page 10Cleanup & Restoration Program, Contd.Regulations that control potential infiltration and surface runoff contamination, such as what is possible withour current OWS systems, have become increasingly more stringent. The increase in regulation of these sys-tems has led to the realization that our current OWS systems are outdated, require extensive maintenance, orrequire extensive modification to meet the regulatory re-quirements.Therefore, we are currently developing demolition andremoval projects for almost all of the OWS systems inthe GAARNG inventory. Once the OWS is demolishedand removed, the surrounding soil and groundwater willbe tested to ensure no contaminants of concern have beenreleased to the environment. If they have, projects forthe cleanup and remediation of those sites will be initi-ated.There is an adage that states, “Eventually, everything ends up in theocean”. If you Google that statement, you will see that there are nu-merous websites devoted to that belief.While it is a slight exaggeration (e.g.., heavy metal groundwater con-tamination doesn’t travel that far), it is true that, “Unless it is pre-vented, everything ends up in a drinking water source.”We are working diligently to ensure that we not only comply with waterregulations, but that we, as good stewards, are continually evaluatingGAARNG processes for their impacts on the environment.If you have any questions regarding the Cleanup & Restoration Program,please contact Randy Drummond at 678.569.6750
  11. 11. Great News! Since the implementation of our recycling program at the Clay National Guard Center, we havecollected over 14 tons of paper and cardboard recyclables. Buildings 447, 60, Hangar 1 and the MinutemanCafé, are doing an excellent job with their cardboard collection efforts.Keep up the good work.Statewide assessments for the Recycling Program Initiative will beginMarch 2013. We are excited to get the opportunity to learn about therecycling efforts of other facilities throughout the state. Stay tuned foradditional information on our next steps.Also, as a reminder, our next Recycling Coordinator Meeting for theCNGC is April 9, 2013. Additional information on time/location willbe sent out to all our Recycling Coordinators.For additional information on our CNGC Recycling Program, pleasecontact our Recycling Program Manager, Yvonne Edwards, at678.569.6752 or 11Clay NGC Recycling Program InitiativeGeorgia Environmental Management System (GeMS)The Georgia Environmental Management System (GeMS) has continued on the journey of fine-tuning theprogram. The TAG Environmental Policy Statement has been signed along with the GeMS re-declaration atthe end of December 2012. The Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC) Charter has been signedby the TAG to define the role and responsibilities of the EQCC. This is part of the conformance of eMS to theInternational Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001.The Cross Functional Team (CFT) has also beendeveloped and implemented to assist the EQCC in evaluating and analyzing the activities of the installationfor environmental impacts.The upcoming Environmental Performance Assessment in August will be assessing the effectiveness of oureMS. Every soldier, civilian and contract employee needs to be prepared to know what the TAG’s environ-mental policy states. We must be able to answer with —1. Prevent Pollution2. Comply with Environmental Laws and Regulations3. Continual Improvement.Let’s all be ready to answer if asked!If you have any questions regarding the GeMS Program, please contact Fran-ces Grieme at 678.569.6749 or