(Certified Best Practice by BMPCOE)
Mason & Hanger Corporation, Pantex Plant - Amarillo, TX
With increasing requirement for the management and assessment of pollution problems, Pantex developed a program to evaluate and address pollution issues.
Pantex's successful Pollution Prevention (P2) Program relies heavily on an initial Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessment (PPOA) that emphasizes implementing preferred options to pollution prevention. The eight steps to the Battelle Pantex assessment include selecting a waste stream and defining boundaries establishing a PPOA team and appointing a team leader from the P2 group performing a material balance of materials crossing the system boundaries developing options analyzing options selecting the preferred option implementing the preferred option and validating the impact of implementing the preferred option. The Pantex P2 Program does not close out a project until after the preferred option is implemented. This effort includes evaluating the performance of the members of the P2 group by assessing the number of implemented P2 projects.
Projects are selected for the P2 program based on consideration of the Pantex Plant Top 150 Waste Stream List, employee suggestions (including a program where employees can share in dollar savings realized by implementing suggestions), and material evaluation forms.
Employee attitude has been affected positively by training, by the P2 group realization that they are a service organization, by working to keep the customer happy, and by validating the results to ensure that the customer remains happy. This has resulted in a 756% return on investment of annualized savings associated with FY95 P2 projects.