Environmental compliance inspections/audits are designed to prepare units and tenants for HQMC, outside local, county, state and federal agency audits. These audits are designed to keep units, tenants, and installation personnel in compliance with environmental regulations and additionally prevent impacts to the environment, notices of violation (NOVs) and associated monetary fines.
Releases to the environment are prevented in order to ensure the protection of health, the environment and property. Violations and fines have the possibility to adversely impact the Station, impede mission readiness, or negatively impact public opinion.
In order to ensure compliance and minimize the interruption of regular operations, the Station environmental media inspections look at the following criteria:
1. Recordkeeping requirements
- Inspection records
- Training records
- Logs and other required documentation
- Billet Descriptions/Appointment Letters for designated personnel
2. Site management
3. Containers/labeling/accumulation time limits (HW/MW inspections)
4. Equipment condition/leaks/other
5. Operating instructions
6. Knowledge of personnel (all media areas apply)
Unit inspection and audit reports / evaluations are submitted and reviewed through the following process:
1. Reports are produced upon the completion of formal or informal audits and inspections. The purpose of these reports is to bring attention to the units, facilities or area where improved environmental compliance must be exercised..
2. Formal reports containing findings from the audits and inspections are sent to the Commanding Officer/Department Head of the unit inspected. Units are required to submit Corrective Action Plans (CAP) with supporting documentation (i.e. actions taken, photos, copies of documents/certificates/training rosters, etc.) to the EMD verifying the corrections have been completed.