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GAARNG Envrionmental Stewardship Newsletter September 2011

  1. 1. Georgia Army National Guard Environmental Stewardship Branch Newsletter Volume 1, 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 re- sources to make informed decisions that protect and conserve today‟s re- sources for tomorrow‟s National Guard Soldiers and Citizens of Georgia."Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure." — John McConnell ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BRANCH STAFFDania Aponte Environmental Programs Director (678) 569-6707 Thompson Sustainability Program Manager (912) 767-1823 Nichols NEPA Program Manager (678) 569-6755 Drummond Restoration and Clean-up Manager (678) 569-6750 Boyce eMS Program Manager (678) 569-6749 Corsetti Pest Management Program Manager (678) 569-6751 Edwards Environmental Technical Support Specialist (678) 569-6752 Norton Cultural Resources Assistant (678) 569-6726 Holloway Environmental Assessor (678) 569-3841 Johnson Environmental Assessor (912) 767-9133 Kip Rummel Environmental Assessor (678) 569-3840 Paul Hansen Environmental Assessor Not available Megan Spells Environmental Assessor (678) 569-8458 ~Clay National Guard Center- 1000 Halsey Avenue, Building 70, Marietta, GA 30060~ SEP 2011
  2. 2. Page 2 Environmental Stewardship Branch Environmental stewardship is the sustaining of environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment. In 2005, the USEPA laid out a vi- sion for environmental steward- ship recognizing it as a means to a “Be a yardstick of more sustainable future. quality. Some people arent used to an The Environmental Stewardship environment where Branch strives to assess the im- excellence is expected.” pacts of GAARNG activities com- ~Steve Jobs prehensively and proactively. The Environmental Quality Control CommitteeThe next Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC) meeting is scheduled for September2011. The EQCC successful met with the National Guard Bureau (NGB) regarding findings assessedduring the February external EPAS Assessment. Based on information received from the outbrief,corrective action plans have been developed to address deficiencies. The plans will be filteredthrough the EQCC, environmental compliance section and eMS to track and ensure corrective ac-tions are met and maintained.A key element emphasized during the EPAS is that communication is key to the success of the pro-gram. The CFMO‟s dissemination of information through the representatives in the EQCC is di-rectly linked to the success of the GAARNG‟s eMS. Ultimately, the eMS is the GAARNG‟s mecha-nism to ensure that conformance to regulatory compliance is achieved and maintained.
  3. 3. Page 3Environmental Management Systems (eMS)Georgia‟s environmental Management System is now known as GeMS! In order to remain in the „continualimprovement‟ loop, „like‟ the Georgia National Guard Facebook page. There you will see helpful tips for envi-ronmental sustainability, have access to the Environmental Stewardship newsletter and specialized environ-mental articles.Training OpportunitieseMS awareness training for senior leadership (including: TAG, CG, COS, EQCC) is tentatively set for De-cember 2011. This training will provide an overview regarding senior leadership‟s responsibility in the suc-cessful maintenance of an eMS.In November 2011, the eMS Coordinator will commence a statewide training initiative to promote our eMS,installation wide. Information about where training opportunities will be available is coming soon.If you have any questions regarding the GAARNG eMS please contact Rolandria Boyce at (678) 569– 6749or Clean-up and RestorationThe Cleanup and Restoration Section continues to conduct site surveys required for completion of Environ-mental Conditions of Property (ECOPs) in areas where the GAARNG is looking to expand property hold-ings through licenses or leases. The latest were conducted at FT Gordon and Evans Field at FT Stewart.Training scheduled for the morning of 31 August 2011 by the CFMO GIS section provided much neededknowledge in the use of GPS equipment. The use of the GPS equipment will allow for more accurate infor-mation to be used in the development of ECOP documentation.Additionally, the Defense Environmental Restoration Program cleanup sitelocated at the Bulk Fuel Farm on Clay National Guard Center is undergo-ing some contract modifications to continue forward with investigating andcleaning the contamination in the soil at that site.The dump sites for approximately 20,000 used tires on GAARNG prop-erty at the old Lorenzo Benn Youth Development Center are almost completely removed. Final inspectionwas completed on 25 August 2011. The next step is to secure the site to prevent the illicit dumping of evenmore tires and debris. Dont blow it - good planets are hard to find. ~Quoted in Time
  4. 4. Page 4 Cultural Resources and Tribal ConsultationThe Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG), Construction and Facilities Management Office, Environmental Pro-grams attended the dual-state Mississippi/Alabama Native American Consultation (NAC) at Camp Shelby, MS, August 9-12. In advance of the GAARNG‟s upcoming multi-state consultation, to be held in Oklahoma City this September, theGAARNG Cultural Resources Manager attended the MS/AL consultation as an invited guest.At the forefront of the dual-state consultation was an evening memorial service for Major Robert Lemire, longstandingNatural Resources Manager for Camp Shelby/MSARNG. Approximately six tribal nations were present for the consul-tation and the Lemire dedication. Major Lemire had a longstanding working relationship with many of the federallyrecognized tribes with ancestral ties to the southeastern states. Predominately of Creek and Choctaw origin, severalof the attendees presented gifts to the Lemire family out of respect and appreciation for Lemire‟s tireless efforts to-ward mutual understanding between the Guard and tribes native to this region.The formal consultation kicked off on Wednesday with opening prayer and tribal presentations, followed by both theMS and AL presentations. Continuing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) discussions were held off-line betweenthe GAARNG and three of the attending tribes – Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas,and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. The GAARNG‟s upcoming multi-state consultation will be held theweek of September 26th in Oklahoma City, OK. Four states will join GAARNG: Texas, Florida, Arkansas, and Okla-homa.“Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.” ~James Cash PenneyMajor Bob Lemire Dedication, Camp Shelby, MS, left to right: Heather Puckett - ALARNG, MS Adjutant General – MG Bill Free-man, Jr., the late Major Lemire‟s family, Terry Cole – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Bryant Celestine – Alabama-Coushatta Tribeof Texas.
  5. 5. Page 5 General Cultural Resources Activities The GAARNG Cultural Resources Manager (CRM) at- tended National Guard Bureau‟s (ARNG-ILE) Conserva- tion Workshop in Charleston, SC, June 20-24. The workshop was a week-long compendium of cultural and natural resources educational classes and round-tables. Specific courses attended were: Landscape Approaches to Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Cold War Building Challenges, LEED – Adaptive Reuse and Sus- tainability, Native American Consultation, and several cultural resources updates and presentations. The high- light of the conference was the day-long field excursion to the old Charleston Naval Shipyard where the atten- dees were led through a myriad of homes, industrialMain Officer‟s Quarter‟s, Charleston Navy Yard Offi- buildings, and structures within the Charleston Navycer‟s Quarters Historic District, c. 1905, Neo- Yard Historic District. The Navy Yard was a U.S. NavyClassical Residence ship building and repair facility located along the west bank of the Cooper River, in North Charleston, and part of Naval Base Charleston. It began operations in 1901 as a dry-dock and continued as a navy facility until 1996 when it was leased to Detyens Shipyards, Inc. dur- ing down-sizing. The yard first produced the destroyer, the USS Tillman (DD-135), then began to increase production in the 1930s. A total of 21 destroyers were assembled at the naval facility. The facility remained a major installation throughout the Cold War as a homeport to numerous cruisers, destroyers, attack submarines, FBM subma- rines, destroyer tenders and submarine tenders of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet until its closure in the 1990s as a re- sult of the end of the Cold War and subsequent BRAC Commission action. Discussions were held in the field regarding qualifying elements of the resources, the contribution of landscapeAmerican Wickes class destroyer USS Tillman (DD- and site as contributing factors to a district‟s or re-135). Was transferred to Britain in 1940 and became source‟s eligibility and boundary, and the variation ofHMS Wells (I95). architectural styles and types within the district. Any landscape is a condition of the spirit. ~Henri Frederic Amiel
  6. 6. Page 6 Environmental Compliance Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environmental Officer (UECO) Training 22 September 2011In accordance with AR 200-1, CFMO-ENV will provide one 8 hour block of Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environ-mental Compliance Officer (UECO) training for personnel assigned EO/UECO responsibilities. Training will be con-ducted at Clay NGC, Bldg 2, Classroom 144 on 22SEP11 from 0800-1700. Class size is limited to 20 personnel, toregister send an email to Mr. Charles "Butch" Thompson at Ensure email contains 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 at GGTC, Macon, and Clay NGC. 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 at, phone (912) 767-1823. Georgia Authorized to Implement the Lead Renovation Program Contact Information: Dawn Harris Young, (404) 562-8327, harrisyoung.dawn@epa.govOn July 5, 2011, the State of Georgia received authorization to administer and enforce EPA‟s Lead Renovation,Repair, and Painting (RRP) Program. The authorization became effective upon EPA‟s receipt of the State‟s certifiedRenovation Authorization Application which was submitted by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Attorney Gen-eral, Sam Olens has certified that the Georgia Program, which will be administered by the Georgia EnvironmentalProtection Division, is at least as protective as EPA‟s and provides adequate enforcement.“EPA appreciates Georgia‟s leadership in protecting kids from exposure to lead based paint,” said Gwen KeyesFleming, Regional Administrator for EPA Region 4. “Because lead exposure can cause permanent, serious, lifelongproblems, renovators and rental property owners play a big role part in shielding children from its impact in theirhomes.” The RRP program mandates that contractors, property managers and others working for compensation, in homes and child occupied facilities built before 1978, must be trained and use lead safe work practices. They are also required to provide the lead pamphlet “Renovate Right; Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools” to owners and occupants before starting renovation work. Lead contaminated dust is the most significant source of lead exposure for chil- dren. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. Lead based paint was used in more than 38million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978. Lead exposure can cause reduced IQ, learning dis-abilities, development delays, and behavioral problems in young children. You can learn more about protectingyour family from lead based paint and EPA‟s lead program at or by contacting the Na-tional Lead Information Center at (800) 424-LEAD (5323).For more information about Georgia‟s new program, including information on applying for certification or locat-ing training, contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division‟s Lead based Paint and Asbestos Program at(404) 363-7026 or visit the state website at land.html.
  7. 7. Page 7 Status Tool for Environmental ProgramThe Environmental office of the CFMO submits and reports information on various databases. The key database,known as Status Tool for the Environmental Program (STEP) is used to develop requirements managed by theenvironmental branch. These projects are documented early and fully in the STEP database according to currentpolicies. STEP is designed to facilitate State Project identification, ARNG-ILE review/validation and project execu-tion.The Army Environmental Database – Environmental Quality (AEDB-EQ) serves as a primary source of informa-tion for reporting the Army‟s environmental status to senior Army Leadership, DOD and Congress. The AEDB-EQ tracks Army compliance with environmental laws (to include permits and enforcement actions) and regula- tions to determine Army progress toward meeting the DOD Measures of Merit (MoM). This data allows the Army to populate other required reports. Data is collected on a quarterly basis. The Installation Status Report – Natural Infrastructure (ISR-NI) serves as reporting system which identifies and reports capability gaps in land, water, air and energy to HQDA. The capability gaps fall in four general categories; (Green +) additional capability available, (Green) supports current mission, (Amber) moderate adjustment required and (Red) cannot fully support mission. The FY11 ISR-NI Data Collection (collection of FY10 annual data) began on 18 January 2011 and remains on an annual collection cycle.The Installation Status Report – Services (ISR-S) evaluates the quality and cost of performance of the base sup-port services provided within the “footprint” of a Reporting Organization. It is the decision support system thatassesses Installation service quality against established Army standards, as well as, the cost to provide the service.ISR-S communicates the conditions of Installation services to Army, OSD and Congressional leaders through thePOM process and DRRS-A. ISR-S also supports the IMCOM‟s CLS data collection process. ISR-S collects data ona quarterly basis to feed the DRRS-A.The program managers of Compliance, Cultural Resources, NEPA, Restoration, eMS, Pest Management and FireServices, support the effort of collecting and recording information to maintain all data up to date. The currentdata facilitates complete reporting and consistency amongst the various reports. The Cultural Resources Survey iscurrently being updated for the 3rd Quarter data call of the Army Environmental Database –Environmental Qual-ity (AEDB-EQ). Environmental Facts– Did you know? Choosing to print all documents double sided could po- tentially reduce the amount of printed waste by 50%.