Original Date: 04/26/2004
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Environmental
United Defense, L.P. Armament Systems Division Aberdeen is committed to meeting environmental regulations on an ongoing basis and developed an integrated approach to proactively minimize negative environmental impacts.
Prior to 2001, United Defense, L.P. (UDLP) had its individual facilities, such as the Armament Systems Division (ASD) Aberdeen, perform minimal environmental reporting requirements to the Divisional Environmental Manager. Each facility addressed its own environmental targets and objectives and established separate programs to manage regulatory conformance requirements of local, state, and federal agencies.
UDLP is now addressing environmental issues at the Corporate level. Environmental targets and objectives are integrated throughout the ASDs, and the company is working toward environmental goals as a whole rather than individual facilities. UDLP ASD Aberdeen is ISO 14001 compliant with a defined program and resources. Dynamic targets and objectives are defined, and periodic performance reviews are conducted. Additionally, an integrated internal procedures awareness review has been established. This review requires that all capital appropriations requests be submitted to an environmental review, which identifies environmental impacts caused by the associated projects. This level of commitment in addressing environmental impacts has been incorporated into UDLP ASD Aberdeen's business process model. As a result of the environmental initiative, UDLP ASD Aberdeen has realized an 85.5% reduction of volatile organic compound (VOC) air emissions in the past 24 months, and eliminated one of the few remaining hazardous materials from the plant ( Figure 3-1).
UDLP ASD Aberdeen’s commitment to meeting environmental regulations and Corporate goals is ongoing. The dynamic targets and objectives for 2004 include the continuing reduction of VOC emissions by completing the implementation of powder paint; reduction of aqueous wash water disposal by 85%, which will yield a savings of approximately $15,000 annually; and improving the internal air quality in one of its manufacturing facilities.
Figure 3-1. Emissions – Based on Forecasts
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