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Environment, Health and Safety Division

Waste Management

Waste Minimization

Programs and Requirements

Pollution Prevention

The Berkeley Lab waste minimization efforts are focused at the research program level.  To promote pollution prevention, each Division is required to identify 1-2 waste generating processes for review or waste minimization projects per year.  The process  reviews are documented and, if appropriate, the minimization opportunity implemented.  These reviews occasionally result in return on investment (ROI) proposals that are submitted for funding either to the Division or via the Laboratory’s internal funding mechanism.  Divisions are encouraged to incorporate these waste minimization reviews into their existing peer and safety reviews for new projects as well. 

The waste minimization projects are reviewed for possible inclusion as part of the Environmental Management System (EMS) review.

As a government owned facility operated through contract by the University of California, Berkeley Lab must comply with waste minimization reporting requirements issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the State of California.

DOE Requirements include:

Environmental Management System (EMS) – Executive Order 13148, Greening the Government through Leadership in Environmental Management required all federal agencies to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) by December 31, 2005.  An EMS is a systematic approach to achieve environmental goals.  DOE Order 450.1, Environmental Protection Program, established the EMS requirement for all DOE facilities and, in addition, mandated that the EMS be integrated with existing Integrated Safety Management systems.  More information on EMS can be found at

Reporting Requirements

The Pollution Prevention Annual Report includes the Laboratory’s waste generation and recycled quantities for sanitary wastes and generated quantities of hazardous, radioactive, and mixed wastes.  The quantities are not normalized for budget growth or decline as are the quantities represented in the pages of this web site.

California Senate Bill 14 (SB-14) requires Berkeley Lab to report on its progress in minimizing its hazardous wastes every four years and to formulate plans for the further minimization of hazardous wastes streams that exceed 5% of the total hazardous or extremely hazardous waste for the year preceding the report.  The last SB-14 report was submitted in August 2003 in conjunction with other California DOE sites.