The EMS scope, or 'fenceline', includes all organizations and facilities within the boundary of the installation, including contractors, vendors, and tenants. To effectively and successfully implement environmental programs and an EMS at MCAS Cherry Point, appropriate participation is required by all military and civilian personnel aboard the Air Station and Outlying Fields. Senior leadership actively supports the implementation of the environmental programs and the EMS and their continual improvement. The MCAS Cherry Point EMS highlights the fact that the authority and principal responsibility for controlling environmental impacts belong to those commands, units, offices, and personnel whose mission-supporting activities have the potential to impact the environment.
The Fleet Readiness Center–East (FRC-E), Atlantic Marine Corps Community (AMCC), and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) are tenants at MCAS Cherry Point that each maintains their own EMS (and in some circumstances, their own environmental programs). These tenants have developed individual instruction manuals for their EMS. These and other EMS environmental documents must be available to MCAS Cherry Point upon request. MCAS Cherry Point has developed a guidance memorandum outlining the relationships and responsibilities between each organization’s EMS.
The Commanding Officer’s Statement on Environmental Management and Conservation demonstrates leadership support for environmental considerations and implementation of the EMS. In accordance with MCO 5090.2, this environmental policy statement reflects the vision of the Marine Corps EMS to sustain and enhance mission readiness and access to training environments through effective and efficient environmental management. The statement commits to compliance with relevant environmental legislation, regulations, and policy; pollution prevention; conservation of natural and cultural resources; cleanup of contaminated sites; minimizing risk to mission; and continual improvement in performance of the EMS.
The environmental statement is posted to the Environmental Management (EM) Portal to allow access by all affected personnel. The statement is also available to the public through the installation Public Affairs Office. The statement is reviewed and updated on at least an annual basis to ensure it remains appropriate to the installation’s activities and missions.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Commanding Officer: endorses the statement through signature and distribution, upon revision to the statement or within 90 days of a change in command.
- EMS Program Manager: develops and documents the environmental statement, and posts the statement (and any revisions) to the EM Portal; communicates and distributes the environmental statement; reviews and updates the statement.
- Public Affairs Office: ensures that the environmental statement is available to the public via external website after the EMS Program Manager informs the department for update.
- Contracting Office(s): communicates requirements of the EMS and environmental statement to contractors/vendors and tenants.
- Installation personnel (including contractors and vendors): be aware of, and adhere to, the environmental statement on a continuous basis.