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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Significant Aspects

EPA Region 9's EMS Team, with input from other employees, has developed a list of activities/products/services and their associated environmental aspects. Based on a comprehensive list of all aspects, the EMS Team has rated and ranked four Significant Aspects of EPA's Pacific Southwest Regional Office.

The team used a ranking system that included The Natural Step criteria Exiting EPA (disclaimer). An aspect is designated as "significant" when it is determined to have a significant potential impact to the environment or an organization. EPA sets objectives and targets in the EMS for all significant aspects.

The Significant Aspects, and associated impacts, identified for the EPA Pacific Southwest Region 9 Office are:

Significant Aspect Potential Impacts
Air Emissions
- Fossil fuel use
- VOCs
Air Pollution
Depletion of natural resources (fossil fuel)
Energy Use
- Electricity use
Depletion of natural resource (fossil fuel)
Air pollution (during generation)
Material Use
- Paper use
- chemical use
Use of natural resource (trees, fossil fuels, chemicals)
Depletion of habitat
- solid waste
Contamination of land
Water pollution (from leaching)
Water Use Use of natural resource (water)

View the complete inventory of aspects in EPA's Regional Office.

After identifying significant aspects, the next step was to establish Objectives and Targets to reduce their impact on the environment.

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