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Environmental Management (S-7)

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The Environmental Management System of MCAS Miramar
Hazardous Waste

PROGRAM MANAGER

PHONE: (858) 577-1087

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Waste Management Division (WMD) is responsible to the Commanding Officer of MCAS Miramar for the management of hazardous waste accumulation and disposal.  Organizations operating on MCAS Miramar that generate hazardous wastes are required to have a primary and alternate Hazardous Waste Coordinator (HWC) assigned, in accordance with the station's Hazardous Waste Management Plan.  These HWCs liaison with the WMD Environmental Protection Specialists for assistance in waste profiling and scheduling hazardous waste disposal.

WMD Environmental Protection Specialists also ensure that hazardous waste generators are in compliance with Federal, State, DoD, Marine Corps and Station Orders pertaining to hazardous waste management, and provide training to Station and tenant organizations.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Hazardous waste regulatory drivers:

How to dispose of hazardous waste:

Review the waste protocol sheets in the link below to determine how each hazardous waste you generate should be labeled and containerized.

PROGRAMS, PLANS, RESOURCES AND RESPONSIBILITES
Hazardous waste (HW) management aboard Miramar is guided by Station Order 5090.5C, Hazardous Waste Management Plan.

The Waste Management Division (WMD) is responsible for program implementation and oversight.

WMD consists of:

One (1) Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist and four (4) Environmental Protection Specialists (EPS) Each EPS provides customer service support to more than fifteen (15) HW generators aboard the Station. 

This support involves all aspects of HW management to include:   

  • Hazardous waste (HW)      
  • Medical waste (MW)      
  • Universal waste (UW)  
  • Special waste   
  • Waste Military Munitions     
  • Treated wood waste (e.g. PB marked ammo crates and pallets) 
  • Regulated non hazardous (waste tires) 
       
TRAINING AND COMMUNICATION
Waste Management personnel must complete initial and annual training as follows:
  • Title 22 Hazardous Waste Management in California Training (Initially and annually thereafter)
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, HAZWOPER (Initially and annually thereafter)
  • Department of Transportation training (Initially and every 2 years thereafter)

 

  • Communication with tenant Hazardous Waste Coordinators is conducted through quarterly meetings.

Unit Hazardous Waste Coordinators must provide annual training on the unit's Consolidated Emergency Response/ Contingency Plan (CERC) to personnel that handle hazardous materials or hazardous waste.

PRACTICE-ASPECT-IMPACT-RISK

PRACTICES

There are various practices and operations on MCAS Miramar that generate hazardous waste.  Some of those practices/operations include:

  • Aircraft and Vehicle Maintenance
  • Aircraft and Vehicle Fueling Operations    
  • Facilities Maintenance and Repair
  • Medical Clinics Operations
  • Oil or Fuel Spill Cleanup
  • Auto Repair Facilities
  • Training Exercises

ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS

Multiple waste streams may be generated within each of these practices.  For commonly generated waste streams there is a protocol to follow for proper management and disposal.  These instructions are available in the Waste Protocol Sheets.

Click here: Waste Protocol Sheets.

Some common wastes generated on station include:

  • Oil Rags
  • Absorbent Pads
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Adhesives
  • Used Oil
  • Used Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Universal Wastes
  • Regulated Medical or Bio hazardous Wastes
  • Military Munitions
  • Contaminated Fuels

RISKS

Hazardous waste accumulation, if not performed within regulatory guidelines, can pose serious threats to the environment if one or more of the accumulation containers (drums, buckets, bins etc.) ruptures or otherwise is no longer capable of retaining the waste. If these containers can no longer retain the waste as intended, these waste can mix with other potentially dangerous (to personnel or the environment) chemicals or come into contact with personnel, contaminate a body of water or result in ground contamination.

OBJECTIVES-TARGETS-ACTIONS TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
NEAR TERM GOALS

Reduce HW cost by utilizing DLA disposal contract on quarterly basis.  

LONG TERM GOALS

Target specific waste streams for possible long term reclassification through end date of FY18.

AUDIT AND EVALUATION OF COMPLIANCE
Air Station tenants are monitored for compliance with HW management regulations through biweekly site visits and semi annual hazardous waste management audits conducted by WMD Environmental Protection Specialists.

 

Additionally, HW compliance is assessed triennially with ECEs and annually through the internal audit process.