Results from: Environmental Management System


Nov 8, 2013 (4 years and 6 months ago)



Performance Track, …


Voluntary Programs

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

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?)


Community and Employees


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

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

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
attainment areas

Serving on TMDL development teams

Desirable Features of Good Incentives


to understand, implement and verify

save time and money

for both industry and

Result in

environmental improvements
(preferably at lower cost)

Attractive enough to
encourage membership of
other companies

including small to medium size

Improve the environment faster

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

Practical Experience Implementing

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

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




Examples of Performance

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

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

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

Examples of Performance Commitments

Reduce Class 1 ODC in Refrigeration Systems by

Replaced 4 chillers with non
ODC equipment

Eliminated 2,640 pounds of CFC

Increase Scrap Metal and Wood Recycling Rate

Changed recycling container size

Doubled the recycling rate