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Environmental Management

Information on the Air Force Academy Natural Resources Program is available at https://usafa.isportsman.net

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) mandates all federal agencies to give appropriate consideration to possible environmental impacts prior to beginning a proposed action that may significantly affect the environmental. NEPA produces require an early and open analysis of the environmental impact of a proposed action and any reasonable alternatives prior to making a decision or commitment of irretrievable resources.  This information provides installation NEPA personnel with requirements for accomplishing the environmental impact analysis process (EIAP), including the three major levels of analysis; categorical exclusion (CATEX), environmental assessment (EA), and environmental impact statement (EIS).  An EIS must be produced if a proposed action causes the potential for significant degradation of environmental quality or threat to public health or safety, public controversy concerning the environmental impact of an action, or potential for significant impact on protected natural or historic sources.  An EA may be produced before any contract for action is entered into or action is begun to determine if an EIS is necessary. All EAs must prompt either the preparation of a Finding Of No Significant impact (FONSI) or No Practicable Alternative (FONPA) or an EIS.  Many actions do not cause an impact to the environment because they do not physically touch the environment or they have a negligible disturbance to the environment.  Collectively, these actions are dealt with under 38 different CATEXs. The current information contained on the web site has been reviewed and updated but there will be an internal task to revamp, redesign and fully update all pages.   KLB 22 Nov 17

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) addresses the issue of preserving our national history. Congress has declared that the historical and cultural foundations of the nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development and that the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest. By preserving this foundation, a vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans. All Federal agencies, including the Academy, are required to establish a program to locate, inventory, and nominate all properties under the agency's control that qualify for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The effects of a new undertaking on property in the National Register must be considered before beginning an undertaking. The State of Colorado Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) must be consulted during identification, location, and evaluation of historic properties and in assessing the effect of an undertaking on historic property. The SHPO also needs to be notified where there is no adverse effect, or when there are no historic properties in the area of potential effect.

The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 act encourages looking at waste more broadly with a view towards reducing pollution. All pollutants are to be minimized and waste creation is to be controlled, not just during the production process, but also in the design of products that will have less impact on the environment while in use and after disposal. It is Academy and national policy to prefer pollution prevention, whenever feasible. Waste that cannot be prevented should be recycled, and waste that cannot be prevented or recycled should be treated in an environmentally safe manner. Disposal should be employed only as a last resort. 

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) includes: Chemicals, Dyes, Gases: compressed and liquefied, Pest Control Agents, Medications, Cleaning and Polishing Compounds, Paints, Varnishes and Related Materials, Preservatives and Sealing Compounds, Adhesives, Fuels (Solid), Liquid Propellants, Fuel Oils, Oils and Greases: Cutting, Lubricating, Hydraulic. The purpose of the HMP is to manage the procurement and use of HAZMAT to (1) support Air Force missions; (2) to protect the safety and health of personnel on the Academy and communities surrounding the Academy; (3) minimize the use of HAZMAT consistent with mission requirements; (4) and to maintain Academy compliance with environmental requirements for HAZMAT usage.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, and as subsequently amended, established a "cradle-to-grave" system governing hazardous waste from the point of generation to disposal. RCRA hazardous wastes include the specific materials listed in the regulations and materials that exhibit a hazardous waste characteristic (ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity). The Academy, like other regulated entities that generate hazardous waste, is subject to waste accumulation, manifesting, and record keeping standards. In addition, the Academy minimizes its waste generation by using a hazardous material pharmacy to allocate and dispense hazardous materials on an "as needed" basis and requires all organizations to promote pollution prevention through reuse and recycling whenever possible.

Recycling is a series of activities that includes the collection of items that would otherwise be considered waste, sorting and processing the recyclable products into raw materials, and re-manufacturing the recycled raw materials into new products. Consumers provide the last link in recycling by purchasing products made from recycled content. Recycling also can include composting of food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic materials. At the Academy newspaper, #1 &2 plastics, and glass are collected for recycle in dumpsters located in the Community Center parking lot. Plastic, paper, and aluminum and steel cans are also picked up in housing areas through the curb-side recycling program. For missed collections in housing areas, call (719) 333-3224. Household Medical Waste Management: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued guidance for disposal of contaminated bandages, used hypodermic needles, and unwanted household medicines. For a copy of the guidance, see the CDPHE website

Household Medical Waste Management
Toxic substances include asbestos, polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs), lead-based paint, and radon. Toxic substances are contained in some existing Academy infrastructure components, including utility systems, buildings, and equipment. The Academy maintains historical records of toxic substances and maintains management plans for asbestos and lead-based paint. The primary challenge for Academy personnel is to identify where these substances are present and, when identified, to remove or abate them as required by regulation or policy. Affected Academy personnel are educated to minimize their exposure to toxic substances and are evaluated, as necessary, to determine if exposures have occurred. 

Construction activities that disturb one or more acres of land are subject to the Academy's storm water construction general permit. This permit requires the completion of a project-specific Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). The SWPPP describes site construction activities and best management practices that are to be implemented to reduce erosion and sediment transport from the construction site. The Academy is essentially a small city with supporting infrastructure that includes storm water drains. Regulating the discharge of non-storm water into the storm sewer system is the intent of the Municipal Separate Sanitary Sewer System (MS4) general permit. Many of the Academy's residential and commercial activities have the potential to contribute pollutants to the Academy storm sewer system. If not immediately remediated, chemical spills contribute pollutants to the environment by rain and snowmelt runoff into the Academy's storm sewer system.

2012 Split Storm Water Article

Environmental Management Key Personnel

Environmental Flight Chief (719) 333-6716
Government Contract Installation Manager (719) 333-6716
Asbestos, Lead-based Paint, PCBs (719) 333-6418
Cultural Resources (719) 333-5414
Environmental Planning (719) 333-6716
Environmental Restoration (719) 333-6420
HAZMAT Pharmacy (719) 333-3223
Fuel Tank (719) 333-6418
Hazardous Waste (719) 333-3852
Accumulation Site (719) 333-3852
Natural Resources (719) 333-3308
Air Quality (719) 333-6418
Water Quality (719) 333-6420
24 hour Spill Response (911)



Lt Col Jeremy Oldham

Deputy Commander
Erin Manning

Contractor Project Manager
Robert Harrelson
(719) 333-9441

Contact Us

10th Civil Engineer Squadron
8120 Edgerton Drive Suite 40
U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80840

Phone: (719) 333-2660
Fax: (719) 333-0475


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