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EMS for EPA Region 9 Laboratory

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An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that allow an organization to integrate environmental considerations into policy related and operational decision-making. An EMS provides a framework for managing environmental responsibilities in a systematic way while increasing awareness and participation in environmental programs. The US EPA Region 9 Laboratory's EMS is designed to manage the environmental risks and minimize environmental impacts that result from operations at our facility and during field operations.

Region 9 Laboratory EMS Policy

The US EPA Region 9 Laboratory established an EMS Policy (PDF) (1 pg, 200K) in 2005 which expresses the lab's commitment to environmental responsibility and serves as the foundation for development and maintenance of the Region 9 Lab EMS. The goals of the Lab's EMS Policy include:

  • ensure compliance by meeting or exceeding all applicable environmental requirements;
  • strive to continuously improve the environmental management system;
  • employ source reduction and pollution prevention approaches;
  • require consideration of environmental factors in planning, purchasing and operating decisions;
  • establish, track and review specific environmental performance goals;
  • share information on environmental performance with employees and the public, and allow appropriate opportunities for input into EMS development and implementation.

The lab's EMS is designed to manage the environmental risks and minimize environmental impacts that result from operations at our facility and during field operations.

Significant Environmental Aspects, Goals and Objectives

The R9 Lab has identified four significant environmental aspects for which objectives have been developed.

Energy Consumption, Reduce energy consumption and maintain reductions in annual greenhouse gas emissions.

Water Consumption, Monitor water consumption; increase employee awareness regarding water conservation; and identify opportunities to reduce water consumption.

Material Consumption (paper, chemicals, consumables, etc.), Maintain existing chemical management program; maintain current level of dichloromethane recycling; maintain all material recycling programs; and investigate reduction opportunities for materials consumption.

Waste Generation, Maintain compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations concerning waste disposal and investigate potential for further recycling opportunities.

If you have questions about the Region 9 Laboratory EMS, please contact Barbara Bates (Bates.Barbara@epa.gov) EMS Coordinator, or Christopher Cagurangan (Cagurangan.Christopher@epa.gov), Back-up EMS Coordinator.

Envirnmental Management System (EMS) Policy

The focus of the Region 9 Laboratory is on the application of science policies and methods in support of regulatory and monitoring programs and special projects. The Region 9 Laboratory plays a critical role in advancing the Agency's science agenda through the analysis of air, water, soil and biota samples. The Region 9 Laboratory strives to be a progressive, "green" facility by properly managing the environmental impacts of our operations.

As a regulated entity, the Region 9 Laboratory has developed and put to use effective environmental management principles that focus on compliance, pollution prevention and outreach to the public and to other agencies. With this policy, the EPA Region 9 Laboratory is committing to implement an EMS with these attributes for our own employees, operations and facilities.

At the Region 9 Laboratory, we commit to reduce both the environmental impacts and the consumption of natural resources and to comply with all legal and applicable requirements. Our environmental management system (EMS) will be designed to meet the following goals:

  • ensure compliance by meeting or exceeding all applicable environmental requirements;
  • strive to continuously improve the environmental management system;
  • employ source reduction and pollution prevention approaches;
  • require consideration of environmental factors in planning, purchasing and operating decisions;
  • establish, track and review specific environmental performance goals; and
  • share information on environmental performance with employees and the public, and allow appropriate opportunities for input into EMS development and implementation.
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