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Environmental Training Program

Environmental Training

Program Manager Contact Information:
CETEP Program Manager  |  252-466-3631

Environmental Training
Program Overview        

The intent of the Environmental Training Program, or Comprehensive Environmental Training and Education Program (CETEP), is to ensure that appropriate environmental instruction and information are provided for all Marines and civilian employees at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point and appropriate segments of the general public. All training must be validated, documented, and managed to ensure that it meets United States Marine Corps (USMC) quality standards and to achieve full compliance with all environmental training requirements. Marine Corps requirements for environmental training and education are dictated by Marine Corps Order (MCO).

Environmental requirements impact nearly every activity at MCAS Cherry Point. Many environmental statutes and regulations invoke job-specific training requirements; other statutes establish implicit training requirements, where compliance can only occur if the personnel responsible for the requirement are properly trained. Ongoing environmental training and education for all Marines and civilian employees are essential to ensure that they can perform their jobs in a compliant manner that minimizes risks to human health and the environment. The three major components of the CETEP are the General Environmental Awareness Program, job-specific training, and environmental information for Commanding Generals/Commanding Officers (CGs/COs) and senior executive staff (SES) members.

MCO 5090.2 contains a list of environmental training requirements that have a significant impact on USMC personnel. All environmental training programs are documented in the Air Station’s CETEP Plan.

Environmental Requirements        

Marine Corps policy requires that all Marine Corps installations and activities comply with all applicable environmental requirements, which may include Federal, state, local, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON), Marine Corps, and MCAS Cherry Point rules, regulations, and requirements. Legal and other environmental requirements related to the CETEP are maintained on the EM Portal.

Programs, Plans, Resources and Responsibilities        

A complete description of the responsibilities of CETEP is available on the EM Portal. Major components of the CETEP include:

  • Affairs Department (EAD) training coordination

  • CETEP Plan implementation

  • Training quality assurance

Environmental Affairs Department Training Coordination

EAD staff serve as the subject-matter experts for all environmental program areas at MCAS Cherry Point, and their environmental training requirements are therefore extensive. At a minimum, the following training items are required for all environmental program managers:

  • Hazard Communication

  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) for First Responder Awareness Level)

  • HAZWOPER for General Site Workers at Installation Sites (40 Hour)

  • CETEP Plan General Awareness and Environmental Management System (EMS) Awareness

Environmental program managers are also responsible for identifying additional training opportunities for maintaining subject matter expertise.

CETEP Implementation

MCAS Cherry Point must develop and maintain a CETEP Plan to serve as a planning and management tool to ensure that appropriate environmental training and information are provided in the most effective and efficient manner to all personnel affiliated with or potentially affected by the Air Station.

Quality Standards for Environmental Training

MCAS Cherry Point must ensure that all environmental training supported by the Air Station meets USMC training quality standards. Each training program must be reviewed and approved by the environmental program manager; student and instructor comments must be evaluated; and all instructors must demonstrate sufficient competency and capability.

Training and Communication        

There are no additional training requirements associated with this program.

Practice-Aspect-Impact Risk        

The risk of negative environmental impacts from MCAS Cherry Point operations may be assessed by analyzing the practices that occur at the facility. Aspects are the characteristics of these practices that can cause an impact to the environment or other resource. It is Marine Corps policy that all Marine Corps installations identify and assess the environmental risk of the practices and aspects associated with each environmental program. Significant practices and/or aspects associated with this program include:

  • There are no significant practices and/or aspects associated with this program.

Objectives, Targets and Actions to Improve Performance        

When necessary, objectives and targets (O&T) are developed in order to minimize the environmental risks posed by the facility’s practices and to track progress towards achieving environmental goals. Any O&Ts related to the CETEP and their associated actions to improve performance are maintained on the EM Portal. Currently, there are no O&Ts associated with this program.

Audit and Evaluation of Compliance        

The CETEP is evaluated under each annual internal Environmental Compliance Evaluation (ECE) and each triennial Benchmark ECE. Findings and corrective actions from these audits are maintained on the EM Portal.


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