At Barksdale Air Force Base, protecting the environment is one of our highest priorities and will be a major factor in decision-making. We are dedicated to continual improvement of our processes to prevent and reduce waste generation. We are committed to compliance with environmental laws and other requirements while reducing pollution at the source of generation. The framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets includes considering significant environmental aspects and other factors most important to the base. Annually, the Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Council will review all objectives and targets to verify progress. In all our activities, we will strive to:
a. Promote the conservation and sustainable use of natural and manmade materials.
b. Prevent environmental pollution and waste.
c. Build environmental information into all levels of management to ensure environmental compliance.
d. Achieve continual improvements in environmental performance and maintain compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.
e. Work in partnership with all stakeholders to promote good stewardship with base personnel, contractors, the community, and regulatory agencies.
2. This policy will be made available to the public and the point of contact for this program is Mr. Roger Suiter, 2 CES/CEI, 456:4694.
Protecting the environment is one of our highest priorities and will be a major factor in decision making. We are dedicated to continual improvement of our processes to prevent and reduce waste generation. We are committed to compliance with environmental laws and other requirements while reducing pollution at the source of generation.
For the Recycling program to benefit everyone, we must all recycle properly.
Allowed recyclable items in the brown containers are: corrugated cardboard, brown bags, office paper, junk mail, newspaper, mixed paper, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks and any other paper product. Rinsed beverage bottles (PET#1), plastic jugs (HDPE#2), plastic bags and products with the recycling triangle (1, 2, 3, and 4), aluminum and tin cans are also accepted.
The following items are trash and not accepted in any of the recycling containers: Glass, lumber, wood, pallets, furniture, bricks, Styrofoam, scrap metal, construction debris, yard waste, ceramics, lightbulbs, mattresses, mirrors, fabrics.
A separate container for small scrap metal items was placed in the area to prevent contamination, located by the west wall. If items do fit in it, do not dump them on the ground around it.
Illegal dumping at the recycling center or anywhere on base is a punishable offence. Surveillance systems are operable and individuals observed dumping will be reported to the security forces and their commanders. In addition to the base penalties, Louisiana state laws recently increased littering/dumping fines: $150.00 for first offence to $1,000.00 for the subsequent offences.
Fines for improperly disposing of larger litter, like furniture and appliances could reach up to $10,000.00.
When it rains, it POLLUTES! Every rain threatens Louisiana bayous, lakes, and rivers. Stormwater runoff erodes non-vegetated areas and picks up pollutants from impervious surfaces like oil, fertilizers, sediment, and litter into the waterways.
These pollutants degrade Louisiana water quality, impact fish and wildlife, and litter our coastlines.
The EPA estimated that 80 percent of the nation's water pollution is caused by stormwater runoff. That's the bad news. The good news is that each of us can make a difference and Barksdale has been an exemplary environmental steward. If you properly store and use oil, reduce fertilizer application, control construction sites, and bag that trash, our water gets cleaner. It’s easy to get out there and organize a quick litter pick up– because we all live downstream!
Contractors play a critical role in daily operations and therefore it is important to include them in our installation’s Environmental Management Systems (EMS).
We need to confirm that EMS is included in contract agreements; and ensure contractors are aware of base EMS policies/procedures.
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Barksdale Consumer Confidence Water Report 2018