Pantex has continued to improve and maintain an effective Environmental Management System (EMS) designed in coordination with the Plant’s Integrated Safety Management System. These integrated systems promote the consideration of personnel and environmental safety during the hazards analysis process performed prior to work activities.
Pantex is committed to achieving and demonstrating sound environmental performance by controlling the impacts of Plant activities, products, and services on the environment consistent with defined environmental policy and permit requirements. With increasingly stringent legislation, the development of economic policies and sustainability measures that foster environmental protection are continuously analyzed. Both Department of Energy Orders and Executive Orders require natural resource conservation measures for energy, water, and fossil fuel.
The Pantex EMS is implemented based on the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) 14001, Environmental Management Systems, 2004. The system is managed and monitored by EMS senior management representatives, the EMS coordinator, and the Pantex general manager. Quarterly meetings of the EMS senior management team, culminating in an annual management review of the system, ensure that resources are applied, goals are achieved, and important improvements are made to the system in a timely manner.
The EMS senior management team is responsible for reviewing and approving environmental objectives and appropriate targets each fiscal year. The objectives selected are practical, achievable, and have measurable goals. Annually, environmental aspects (elements of an organization's activities, products, or services that can interact with the environment) are evaluated for any impact, like for example a change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly, or partially resulting from an organization's activities, products, or services. Risk-based determinations are made on those impacts that can be better managed considering the environmental policy, stakeholder input, Plant budget, and the manner in which the most environmental protection (improvement) can be provided with the available resources.
The Pantex EMS has successfully been audited by independent third-party auditors as well as the State of Texas. The NNSA Production Office has declared to the Secretary of Energy that Pantex fulfills specific requirements of Department of Energy Order 436.1- Department Sustainability requiring the development and maintenance of an EMS that conforms to the ISO standard. Pantex has been identified by the State of Texas as one of the elite facilities approved to partcipate in State's Innovate Incentive Program.
The current environmental objectives with specific targets for FY17 are currently being developed. Past EMS objectives and target are listed below.
- Reduce depletion of Ogallala Aquifer, water reuse initiatives
- Reduce fossil fuel use, alternative fuel use and renewable energy
- Sustainable acquisition, facility lighting procurement
- Reduce depletion of Ogallala Aquifer, including submitting approval for Pantex's EMS for qualification in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Innovation/Incentive Program
- Reduce depletion of Ogallala Aquifer, conduct comprehensive water loss survey
- Sustainable Acquisition - Review procurement process
- Sustainable Acquisition - Identify requirements for LEED compliant office buildings at Pantex
- Reduce depletion of Ogallala Aquifer, including identification of specific domestic water leaks for repair
- Reduce cafeteria waste by minimizing use of disposal dishes and flatware
- Coordinate procurement information for reporting requirements
- Reduce waste and wave landfill space by providing special training to plant personnel
- Reduce water usage from once through water cooled vacuum pumps
- Provide increased energy awareness to Plant personnel