ISO 14001:2004 Certified. The Sandia/California EMS Program follows the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems, ISO 14001. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s leading developer of international standards. The ISO’s standards specify the requirements for state-of-the-art products, services, and managerial and organizational practices. ISO 14001:2004 is a generic management system standard that requires an environmental policy, objectives and targets, programs for implementation, monitoring and measurement, preventive and corrective actions, involvement at all levels, and continual improvement. The Sandia/California EMS Program received ISO 14001:2004 certification from NSF International Strategic Registrations, an independent registrar, in September 2006.
The Air Quality Function supports site environmental goals by obtaining and maintaining permits and registrations; helping Sandia/California comply with permit conditions and regulatory requirements; and examining the potential impact of air pollution sources through regulatory analysis, emissions calculations, and risk assessments. This function also implements our site’s Spare the Air initiatives.
The Environmental Monitoring Function monitors water quality at Sandia/California through routine sampling and analysis of storm water runoff, wastewater effluent, and groundwater from on-site monitoring wells. This function also monitors gamma radiation in ambient air to ensure that site operations are not making significant contributions to the ambient radiation dose in the surrounding environment. In addition, the function monitors ecological resources, such as wildlife, found on-site.
The Environmental Planning Function supports broad site planning initiatives and coordinates site-level environmental analyses and assessments helping Sandia/California comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.
Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization
The Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization Function provides technical assistance across the California site, workable recycling programs, and strategies for reducing waste generation and use of natural resources. This function helps Sandia/California apply source reduction, affirmative procurement, waste minimization measures, and recycling principles to all site operations.
The Waste Management Function manages the processing and disposition for all hazardous, radioactive, and mixed waste generated at Sandia/California. This function works closely with Pollution Prevention to minimize the amount of waste being generated.