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Practices, Aspects, Impacts and Risk Prioritization        


The installation maintains a practice, aspect, and impact (PAI) inventory to facilitate the assessment of environmental risk of facility operations. The installation-wide inventory includes both contractor and tenant operated practices (including those practices that significantly affect Federal sustainable practice performance goals), and includes aspects (such as greenhouse gas emissions) and actual and potential impacts in accordance with MCO 5090.2. The inventory and risk assessment is updated on at least an annual basis to ensure that new or changing practices are incorporated into the inventory. Risk is calculated at the aspect level using the MCO-mandated formula. The results of this update are used to identify which aspects are significant and identify practices that affect key environmental resources. The lists of significant aspects and practices are posted to the EM Portal and/or other approved online data repositories (such as WEBCASS) and communicated to EAD personnel

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. EAD program managers and applicable working group members: update the inventory and risk assessment on at least an annual basis; assess assigned aspects and impacts for each practice and use subject area knowledge to verify the appropriateness of risk scores.
  2. EMS Program Manager: compiles the results of updates and documents criteria for identifying which aspects are significant; identifies practices that affect key environmental resources; posts the inventory and risk assessment to the EM Portal; communicates these significant aspects to EAD personnel and determines which changes should be presented to senior leadership during the annual Management Review process.
  3. Practice owners: be aware of the impact their processes may have on significant aspects.
  4. Contractors/Vendors: determine if contracts may impact significant aspects and report contracts as they are identified.
Legal and Other Environmental Requirements        


Legal and other environmental requirements provide the regulatory foundation for the EMS and all environmental programs. To guide program managers in implementing an effective and compliant program, the installation has created this environmental website in complement to MCO 5090.2, to be used as an Environmental Compliance and Protection Standard Operating Procedure (ECPSOP). The ECPSOP implements compliance policies and establishes environmental roles and responsibilities. ECPSOP content is published and available on this website and on the EM Portal, and updated by EAD program managers on at least an annual basis. The ECPSOP is meant to reference existing policies and plans, and avoid duplicating content to the greatest extent practicable.

Additionally, legal and other environmentally-related requirements are monitored and applicability is determined for new requirements and actual or proposed changes to existing requirements on a continuous basis. The facility maintains an inventory of applicable compliance requirements, including practice/aspect associations, on the EM Portal. The list is updated on at least an annual basis by the program managers. Requirements are communicated to affected organizations and programs are developed and implemented to address environmental requirements. Work practices must be conducted according to the requirements. All applicable contracts must contain environmental compliance and EMS conformance language. Should questions arise regarding the implications of a particular requirement, the Joint Law Center and/or EACO are available for counsel.

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. EAD program managers: ensure compliance with environmental requirements; update ECPSOP content annually; monitor legal and other requirements and determine their applicability; provide the EMS Program Manager with legal requirements inventories; communicate requirements and any updates and develop programs to address the requirements as necessary.

  2. EMS Program Manager: maintain the legal requirements inventory.

  3. Environmental Affairs Officer (EAO) and EAD Supervisors: ensure that the ECPSOP content is published and updated; prepare and disseminate Federal environmental alert summaries to assist in these updates; coordinate requirements and interpretations of the environmental regulations with Commandant of the Marine Corps Facilities to ensure consistency across agencies.

  4. Practice owners: internally communicate environmental requirements and conduct work practices according to the requirements.

  5. MCAS Cherry Point personnel, including contractors and vendors: continuously adhere to applicable environmental and other legal requirements.

  6. Contracting office(s): ensure all applicable contracts contain environmental compliance and EMS conformance language.

Objectives and Targets and Actions to Improve Performance        


The installation has established, implemented, and documented environmental objectives and targets according to the requirements of MCO 5090.2. These objectives and targets are communicated to applicable employees via direct communication (such as email) and outreach materials (such as posters and brochures).

Objectives and targets are developed to take into account risks to mission and other risks as calculated by the practice inventorying procedure. Annually or when practices are altered, discontinued, or updated, a review of the EMS PAI inventory is conducted and aspects are considered, selected, and documented for objective and target development. These objectives take into account significant aspects, but also the input of representatives from organizations across the facility. Objectives are consistent with the Commanding Officer’s Statement on Environmental Management and Conservation and other requirements, and are achievable and measurable. Objectives and targets also reflect pollution prevention and sustainable practice initiatives.

All associated parties (e.g., the EMS Program Manager, working group(s), Environmental Discussion Board, practice owners) may assist in the development of plans for actions to improve performance (also referred to as Plans of Actions and Milestones) in order to implement objectives and targets. The EAO supports funding of projects needed to achieve environmental objectives and targets as outlined in the plans for actions to improve performance. Objectives and targets and plans of action are documented on the EM Portal.

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. EMS Program Manager: reviews the EMS PAI inventory and considers, selects, and documents the aspects for objective and target development; communicates these objectives to the EAD program managers, the Environmental Discussion Board and affected practice owners; documents objectives and targets and plans of action on the EM Portal; reports the status of objectives and targets to senior leadership as part of the Management Review process.

  2. Working group(s), Environmental Discussion Board members, and practice owners: suggest objectives and targets; assist in the development of plans for actions to improve performance; assist with monitoring objectives and targets by providing data needed to track milestones; annually evaluate progress made towards achieving objectives, revise plans of action, and report progress to the EMS Program Manager.

  3. EAO: identifies working group(s) and chairmen to support the development and maintenance of these objectives; supports funding of projects needed to achieve environmental objectives and targets as outlined in the plans for actions to improve performance; reports the status of objectives and targets to senior leadership as part of the Management Review process.

  4. Practice owners: operate in support of objectives and targets and follow established plans on a continuous basis.

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