Results from: Environmental Management System

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Nov 8, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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EMS, VEEP,

Performance Track, …





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Voluntary Programs


What’s
In It For Me and What’s In it
For You?


Characteristics of Participating Facilities


Usually the facilities are well run and have
environmental (EMS) other management systems
(safety, quality, financial, etc.)


Generally have progressive programs and good
compliance history.


Often involved in “beyond compliance” activities


Participate in voluntary environmental, health and
safety programs (VEEP, Performance Track, VPP
Star)


Employee engagement and management support


Reducing environmental impacts becomes everyone’s
job, not just the ESH staff



How does VEEP relate to DEQ staff?


Facilities within VEEP are the
“good guys”


May expect to be treated with
more trust and respect


Often willing to consider
alternative approaches that make
sense for the company, the
environment, DEQ and others.


Why “waste” DEQ time inspecting
facilities that are in compliance?



Why does a facility participate?

(What’s In It For Me?)


Recognition


Community and Employees


Regulators


Corporate Management


Environmental, Safety and
Health Staff


ESH viewed as an asset
by plant management



Plant managers usually hear only problems, we bring good

news and positive recognition

Participation (Cont.)


Improved communication with
regulators


Opportunity to “show off”


It’s enjoyable working with other
facilities on their EMS goals


Potential regulatory relief


180 RCRA Waste Storage


MACT reporting reductions


More pending with EPA


Improved image with Customers


Cost Savings


Low cost of participation



How Can Virginia Agencies Benefit?

(What’s in it for You?)


Less regulatory maintenance required for the facility


Opportunity to learn best practices


Potential to allocate resources to problems instead of
process


Measurable environmental progress beyond regulation


Facilities can be a resource for training, mentoring


Facilities more often willing to work on State
environmental priorities


Reducing Nutrient loading in Chesapeake Bay


Voluntary air emissions reductions in non
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attainment areas


Serving on TMDL development teams

Desirable Features of Good Incentives


Easy

to understand, implement and verify


Will
save time and money

for both industry and
government


Result in
measurable

environmental improvements
(preferably at lower cost)


Attractive enough to
encourage membership of
other companies

including small to medium size
businesses


Improve the environment faster

than otherwise
expected (can also reduce non
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point source pollution or
releases of non
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regulated pollutants)

Practical Experience Implementing
Incentives


Facility unique priorities


Every facility seems to have their own issues and priorities
making the selection of a broad based incentive difficult


Regulatory change is hardest


Non
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regulatory changes are the most likely to succeed


Culture Change has been slow


Many people and organizations accept the inefficiencies of the
existing regulatory structure and are uncomfortable with change


Change will come slowly to those willing to invest time and
effort and some changes have been happening lately

Examples of Performance Commitments


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Examples of Performance
Commitments


Reduce SO2 emissions by 50 tons/year


Increase amount of wood waste burning, backing out coal
burning in boilers


Reduce groundwater withdrawal by 600,000
gallons/day


Reclaim water sent to sewers and reuse instead of groundwater


Increase energy efficiency by 26,000 MMBTU’s


Upgrade process equipment to be more energy efficient


Reduce particulate emissions by 1780 lb/year


Re
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route gases from shared precipitator to stand
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alone, more
efficient precipitator

Examples of Performance Commitments


Reduce Class 1 ODC in Refrigeration Systems by
10%


Replaced 4 chillers with non
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ODC equipment



Eliminated 2,640 pounds of CFC
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Increase Scrap Metal and Wood Recycling Rate


Changed recycling container size


Doubled the recycling rate