Over the past 18 months, the Water and Sewer Division has worked with the Environmental Compliance Office to develop operational controls in an Environmental Management System (EMS) to help it ensure compliance with environmental regulations and the safety of its employees at the Springvale Water Treatment Plant. The Division is using as guidance an international environmental business standard called ISO 14001 in developing its EMS. The ISO 14001 standard for EMS was developed by the International Organization for Standardization, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Funding for the development of the Springvale EMS comes from an EPA grant. The Springvale EMS includes:
· The Springvale Water Treatment Plant;
· The Drinking Water Production Wells;
· The Drinking Water Pumping Facilities;
· The Drinking Water Distribution System; and,
· The Sanitary Sewer Pumping Facilities.
The Division plans to certify its operations at the Springvale Water Treatment Plant under the ISO Standard making it one of the first water departments in the nation to do so. As part of this effort, the Division has drafted an Environmental Policy. The Policy statement is a declaration of the Division’s fundamental environmental principals and defines the basic purpose and goals of its EMS. The policy is both realistic and appropriate for the operations of the Division. It supports; compliance with relevant environmental regulations, the concepts of pollution prevention and continuous improvement, and has the support of the top management in the Town. By placing it on the Town’s website, the Division is making it available to the public. Any questions regarding the policy or the status of the efforts to develop the Springvale EMS should be directed to the Environmental Compliance Office, at (508) 647-6452.
TOWN OF NATICK
SPRINGVALE WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT POLICY
Consistent with the Town of Natick’s Environmental Policy Statement, Natick’s Water and Sewer Division is committed to provide safe and potable drinking water to its residents while protecting the environment and maintaining a safe work environment for its employees. This commitment will ensure the protection of the environment and quality of water for future generations.
To meet our commitments, the Natick Water and Sewer Department will endeavor to:
· Comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations of the jurisdiction within which
· Honor the requirements of all the environmental initiative that we enter into;
· Continuously seek opportunities to improve adherence to our environmental, health, and
· Recognize that proper and responsible handling of our chemicals, materials and equipment,
together with effective operating procedures, are imperative to reduce risks and protect the
· Continuously improve our environmental performance; and
· Implement pollution prevention measures as our means of improving our environmental
This Environmental Management Policy is available to the public upon request.
(Signed by Town Administrator on December 19, 2002)
ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS AND SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS AND IMPACTS
After completing the Environmental Management Policy, the next step in developing an ISO 14001 certifiable Environmental Management System (the “EMS”) for the Springvale Water Treatment Facility (the “Facility”) was to identify aspects of work completed in the operation of the Facilities that interact or impact with the environment. By definition, the so called Environmental Aspects (the “Aspects”) are elements of the organization’s operations, activities, products and/or services that can interact with the environment, both adversely or beneficially.
The Water and Sewer Division identified drinking water as its product and the following list of activities are Aspects of their work that could interact or impact with the environment.
§ Extracting and Pumping Ground Water to Treatment
§ Treating Ground Water
§ Storing and Distributing Ground Water
§ Maintaining the Storage and Distribution System
§ Testing, Monitoring, Recording
§ Pumping and collecting Wastewater
§ Responding to Emergencies
§ Receiving and Transporting Chemicals
§ Maintaining Operation Buildings
Several Aspects were identified for each of the elements listed and the next step was to identify the impacts or interaction of those Aspects with the environment. An even larger list of impacts was identified and the next step was to evaluate the significance of the Aspects using a grading method to rank and prioritize the Aspects for the purpose of selecting those Aspects that are significant and will be addressed in the Facilities Environmental Management Program, an important part of an ISO 14001 certifiable EMS.
The Water and Sewer Division selected criteria to evaluate each Aspect. The criteria used included a weighted: affect on product, flora and fauna; human health and regulatory concerns; and, public perception, to calculate a relative severity score of each Aspect. The likelihood of the Aspect occurring was included as a multiplier to the severity score. A significance cut off score was selected based on discussions and the Division’s experience and knowledge with the subject matter. The result of this effort is the following list of Significant Aspects that an ISO 14001 certifiable EMS will control to prevent the occurrence of negative impacts to the environment.
· Chemical Releases
· Regulatory Compliance
· Worker Safety
· Sustainable (protect) Resource
· Sustainable (efficient) Operations
By placing the Significant Aspects narrative on the Town’s website, the Division is making it available to the public. Any questions regarding the selection of Significant Aspects and Impacts should be directed to the Environmental Compliance Officer, at (508) 647-6452.
LEGAL AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
After identifying all Aspects of their work (activities, products or services) that could interact or impact with the environment, the Water and Sewer Division identified all applicable Legal and Other Requirements that regulate those Aspects. A table listing Legal and Other Requirements was completed for the Springvale Water Treatment Facility. The table identifies each requirement, gives a short description of each requirement, and identifies the area of the Springvale Water Treatment Facilities where each requirement applies. The following is a general list of those requirements:
· Spill/Release Notification Requirements;
· Waste Site Cleanup Requirements;
· Employee Right-To-Know Requirements;
· Air Qualify and Asbestos Requirements;
· Universal Waste Management Requirements;
· Hazardous Waste Management Requirements;
· Groundwater Protection and Drinking Water Requirements;
· Storm water Management and Spill Prevention Requirements;
· Waste Water and Waste Water Authority Requirements;
· Wetland Requirements;
· Emergency Planning Requirements; and,
· Local By-Laws.
The Legal and Other Requirements will be reviewed and updated annually by the Environmental Compliance Office. The control of Legal and Requirements and Significant Aspects is a focus of an ISO 14001 Certifiable EMS to prevent negative impacts to the environment and is consistent with the commitment made by Top Management in the Environmental Management Policy for the Springvale Water Treatment Facilities. By placing it on the Town’s website, the Division is making it available to the public. Any questions regarding Legal and Other Requirements or the status of the effort to develop the Springvale EMS should be directed to the Environmental Compliance Office, at (508) 647-6452.
OBJECTIVES AND TARGETS
After identifying all Legal and Other Requirements for the Aspects of their work (activities, products and services) that could interact or impact with the environment, the Division selected planning Objectives to control the negative impacts on the environment of its Significant Aspects and to control compliance with its Legal and Other Requirements. In addition, the Division developed performance Targets to help it and Top Management monitor the progress in meeting each Objective. The following is the list of Objective selected by the Division to address its Significant Aspects and its Legal and Other Requirements and is consistent with the commitment made by Top Management in the Environmental Management Policy for the Springvale Water Treatment Facilities.
· Prevent Chemical Releases
· Prevent Compliance Issues
· Improve Workman Compensation Statistics
· Protect the Aquifer as a Sustainable Resource
· Maintain Sustainable Operations
The Targets that will be used to measure progress in meeting the Objective are listed below:
· No spills or releases of chemicals above regulatory reporting concentrations
· No water related regulatory enforcement
· Eliminate confined space in waste water pump stations
· Establish wellhead protection policies by December 2005
· Eliminate the use of a treatment chemical at the treatment plant by December 2005
The Division is developing an Environmental Management Program (the “EMP”) to achieve its Objectives and Targets. The EMP will include details on completing this work. The Objectives and Targets will be reviewed and monitored annually by staff and Top Management to evaluate their progress and appropriateness to the EMS scope and application. By placing it on the Town’s website, the Division is making it available to the public for review. Any questions regarding Objectives and Targets or the status of the effort to develop the Springvale EMS should be directed to the Environmental Compliance Office, at (508) 647-6452.