Corpus Christi Army Depot
The development and implementation of a comprehensive pollution prevention program. This project was aimed at reducing the amount of hazardous substances produced by its operations. There was no system in place for tracking chemicals after delivery. Many chemicals were shelved and forgotten about until they were expired and then thrown out as hazardous waste. Numerous man hours were spent searching the 155-acre depot for a needed chemical.
In 1993 a hazardous materials management system was implemented. All chemicals were gathered for an inventory. The old materials were disposed of as hazardous waste and new materials were bar coded. Ten new buildings were installed around the depot for issuing chemicals. Networked computers were installed in each to keep track of all chemicals. Computers keep track of user, dates of use, shelf life, and where the chemical is located on the depot.
Reduced excessive quantities of chemicals ordered from $6.5M to $4.7M each year. Reduced waste associated with chemicals being lost and expiring on the shelves. Improved worker safety by reducing hazardous waste exposure.
Details of Reductions
Additional Information :
Fiscal year 1993 was used as a baseline year. Gross recovery for fiscal year 1994 was $1M with initial investment cost of $360,000. Net yield was $690,000. The majority of the initial investment went to the computer tracking system. Gross recovery for fiscal year 1995 was $2.58M with investment of $285,000. Net recovery was $2.23M
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