The Environmental Management System (EMS) is part of the overall management system that includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes, and resources by which we accomplish our environmental policy. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) EMS was formally implemented in October 2005 and continues to evolve as new directives and guidance documents are issued and implemented. The EMS applies to all personnel who perform work related to the LM mission and is a joint system between the LM employees and the Legacy Management Support (LMS) contractor employees.
We have applied a framework to our EMS that considers and reflects external and internal considerations and limitations. The EMS is a systematic process that follows a four-part continual cycle of Plan-Do-Check-Act for reducing the environmental impacts that result from LM work activities and services and helps to achieve the following intended outcomes:
- Fulfillment of compliance obligations
- Enhancement of environmental performance
- Achievement of environmental objectives
This framework, the four-part cycle, and the elements of our EMS are represented in the figure below.
Beyond the LM-wide, umbrella activities addressed by the EMS, LM has two areas of focus: environmental compliance and environmental sustainability.