Relocating Explosives Operations for the U.S. Navy in the Mid-Atlantic
ERG provided planning and engineering support to relocate U.S. Navy explosives operations and personnel from Yorktown, Virginia, to Indian Head, Maryland. ERG worked with the Navy to identify equipment, space, and facility requirements, including heavy-duty foundations, explosion-proof lighting, conductive nonsparking floors, reinforced concrete barriers, control rooms, and pollution control systems. ERG prepared construction project DD Form 1391 documentation, basic facility requirements, site plans, and cost estimates and evaluated alternatives to ensure consistency with mission objectives and master planning, explosives safety, and environmental considerations. ERG prepared multiple explosives site approval requests for submission to the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board and authored a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessment. ERG also helped to identify and incorporate requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification and Low Impact Development (LID) into project designs.
Developing an Installations Master Plan for the U.S. Navy
ERG is assisting the U.S. Navy in developing a master plan for effective long-range land and facilities use. The U.S. Navy recently completed developing its global and regional planning documents and is now focusing on installation-level planning that documents various installations within Naval District Washington. Based on extensive collaboration with stakeholders, as well as information gathered from existing U.S. Navy plans, studies, and guidance, ERG documents each installation's current situation, develops a vision for future land and facilities use, and outlines a capital improvements plan to achieve that vision. The end result is a master plan that serves as a decision-making and planning tool for effective long-range land and facilities use.
Implementing an Environmental Management System for DoD
ERG developed a systematic approach for implementing an ISO 14000-certifiable Environmental Management System (EMS) for the Pentagon and other Department of Defense (DoD) facilities. Working closely with DoD’s Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), ERG developed an EMS policy statement that ensured integration with existing safety programs. ERG also worked with WHS safety and environmental staff, as well as facility management stakeholders, to identify safety and environmental concerns and priorities. Using this information, ERG developed management plans, goals, metrics, standard operating procedures, and training and data management tools for key safety and environmental programs, including air quality, water quality, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), cultural resources, respiratory protection, asbestos abatement, confined space, lockout/tagout, and ammunition and explosives safety.
Assessing Environmental Conditions at a Naval Base
ERG is conducting assessments of range-specific environmental conditions at a Maryland naval base. These assessments will assist operators in making informed future range management decisions. ERG is performing site investigations and evaluating the past and present operations of land-based ranges. The Range Sustainability Environmental Program Assessment (RSEPA) process involves assessing and addressing the environmental condition of land-based operational ranges where munitions are used or were once used. In addition to other tasks, ERG evaluated more than 1,500 facilities; conducted extensive background research and onsite interviews; developed an Operational Range Site Model (ORSM) for each range; and conducted fate and transport modeling for air, surface water, and ground water. Based on the information gathered, ERG recommended actions or best management practices that are designed to abate, prevent, minimize, stabilize, or eliminate the release or threat of release of munitions constituents and degradants to off-range areas. Knowledge of range-specific environmental conditions will assist operators in making informed future range management decisions.