Environmental Management System

Department of Energy Order 436.1, Departmental Sustainability, requires sites to maintain an Environmental Management System that conforms with the International Organization for Standardization 14001. The Pantex EMS has successfully been audited by independent third-party auditors. The NNSA Production Office has declared to the Secretary of Energy that Pantex fulfills specific requirements of DOE Order 436.1- requiring the development and maintenance of an EMS that conforms to the ISO standard.

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John C. Drummond Center

The Pantex EMS is a significant component of the CNS Integrated Safety Management System and contributes to sustaining the Pantex imperatives of Safe, Secure, Zero Defects, and Deliver as Promised. The EMS provides a business management system to ensure compliance with environmental regulations, support for the achievement of Department of Energy sustainability goals, and controls are set to accomplish effective waste management, natural and cultural resource management, pollution prevention/source reduction, recycling/reuse, environmental remediation, sustainable acquisition and design principles, energy management/efficiency, fleet management, and water conservation.

A team of Senior Management personnel at Pantex leads the review, approval, promotion, and provision of human and physical resources to support the EMS. This EMS Senior Management Team helps guide achievement of environmental objectives, DOE sustainability goals, continual improvement of the Pantex Plant’s EMS, and conformance with ISO 14001. As leaders, these Team members strive to increase awareness of the CNS Environmental Policy (E-POL-1024) within their organizations across the Plant through communication of our commitments to P2C2, i.e., Protect the environment, Prevent pollution, Comply with environmental requirements, and Continually improve the Plant’s environmental stewardship programs.

The current environmental objectives for FY22 and past EMS objectives are listed below. By utilizing the DOE sustainability goals as our Environmental Aspects we are in the unique position to work on multi-year objectives on the site and quantify the big projects in terms of environmental impacts. This means that most of the initial objectives for FY2020 with flow into multiple years.

FY22

  • Continue to work to upgrade and repair leaking, old infrastructure making the domestic water distribution and the high pressure fire loop systems more efficient.
  • Begin the process to install building level water meters on covered buildings.
  • Increase the amount of renewable energy used on-site with construction of the Pantex Renewable Energy Project feeder line to the North substation.
  • Incorporate the new rules from the Energy Act of 2020 into the site’s existing compliance program addressing requirements under the Energy Independence and Sustainability Act, including audit evaluations and sustainability reporting of the energy conservations measures.
  • Begin the process to install building level energy meters on covered buildings.
  • Installation of electric vehicle chargers for the fleet.
  • Determine Plant’s ISO 14001 Compliance – Third Party Audit
  • Create a site specific Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Plan per DOE guidance.
  • Installation of water bottle filler stations in the John C, Drummond Center Building and two onsite cafeterias.

FY2021

  • Reduce water consumption and intensity throughout the Plant
  • Increase the amount of clean/renewable energy used from the PREP
  • Reduce Scope 1&2 GHG emissions
  • Grow the general Plant Population’s Environmental Awareness
  • Divert 50% of non-hazardous solid waste

FY20

  • Reduce water consumption and intensity throughout the Plant
  • Increase the amount of clean/renewable energy used from the PREP
  • Reduce Scope 1&2 GHG emissions
  • Grow the general Plant Population’s Environmental Awareness
  • Divert 50% of non-hazardous solid waste
  • Remain 100% compliant on all Environmental Authorizations, Regulations, and Permits

FY19

  • Maximize use of Ogallala Aquifer recommendations from FY16 Third Party Audit

FY18

  • Maximize use of Ogallala Aquifer recommendations from FY16 Third Party Audit
  • Determine Plant’s ISO 14001 Compliance – Third Party Audit