Quick Start Guide
Chapter 11: Environmental Protection
Program: Environmental Protection
Revision Record: http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/Pub3000Changes.html
Who needs to know about these requirements?
The requirements of Chapter 11 (Environmental Protection) apply to:
- All Berkeley Lab employees, participating guests, visitors, and subcontractors
Whenever they are
- Planning an activity that may impact air, water, soil, and other environmental media or natural resources.
Maintaining Berkeley Lab’s operational capability and sustaining the Laboratory’s general mission require:
- Continuously improving Berkeley Lab’s environmental performance,
- Aggressively correcting environmental hazards, and
- Cleaning up existing environmental contamination.
What you need to do before performing work that involves:
- Reporting Accidental Releases: See Section 11.3.1 for information about reporting significant spills or releases of hazardous materials, pollutants, or chemical agents to the environment.
- Air Emissions: See Section 11.3.2 for information about conducting operations that emit hazardous (nonradioactive) or regulated air pollutants to the environment.
- The Berkeley Lab Environmental Management System:See Section 11.3.3 for information about using the Environmental Management System to systematically ensure the sound management of environmental stewardship activities.
- Environmental Radiological Dose Assessment: See Section 11.3.4 for information about performing exposure assessments for radiological air emissions using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–approved protocols.
- Environmental Monitoring: See Section 11.3.5 for information about collecting and analyzing environmental samples or measurements of liquid and gaseous effluents.
- Contaminated Vegetation Management: See Section 11.3.6 for information about cutting down and removing trees that potentially contain tritium.
- Contaminated Soil and Groundwater Management: See Section 11.3.7 for information about excavating and removing potentially contaminated soil and groundwater.
- Hazardous Wastewater Treatment Units: See Section 11.3.8 for information about operating and maintaining hazardous wastewater treatment units at Buildings 2, 25, 67, 70A, 76, and 77.
- Petroleum Products Storage: See Section 11.3.9 for information about storing petroleum products in 55-gallon drums or larger containers.
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Management: See Section 11.3.10 for information about managing electrical equipment (e.g., capacitors, transformers) that contain or may contain PCBs.
- Sanitary Sewer Discharges: See Section 11.3.11 for information about discharging wastewater into sanitary sewer sinks or drains.
- Storm-water Discharges: See Section 11.3.12 for information about protecting the storm drain system from unauthorized discharges.
- Underground Storage Tanks: See Section 11.3.13 for information about operating and maintaining underground storage tanks at Buildings 2, 55, 76, and 85.
- Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention: See Section 11.3.14 for information about developing and implementing practices that reduce the generation of hazardous, nonhazardous, and radioactive wastes; prevent pollution of air, water, and land; and conserve energy, water, and natural resources.
Where to find out more:
Whom to contact for help:
For environmental protection and restoration technical support, please refer to the Environmental Service Contacts page at www.lbl.gov/ehs/esg/contacts.shtml.
- For emergencies: Fire Department, ext. 7911
- For accidental spills or releases that do not require emergency responses by the Fire Department: EH&S Emergency, ext. 6999