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 Environment FAQs

 
  
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Does The Department of the Navy encourage industry to provide products and services that advance environmental sustainment?
The DON Green Procurement Program (document link) requires "green" products and services to the maximum extent practicable, consistent with the requirements of relevant federal procurement programs.
How are marine mammals affected by sonar?
The link between Navy active Sonar and marine mammal strandings is not fully understood and remains a focus for numerous research activities. Our research indicates that some species tend to leave the area when exposed to sonar and that they return within hours or days after sonar events conclude. In order to reduce the risk of strandings, Navy planners ensure that exercises are not held in conditions that have been linked with stranding events, such as surface ducts and certain bathymetric conditions. Since 2005, the US Navy has used a mandatory suite of world-wide mitigation measures developed to prevent injury to marine mammals.
How does the Department of Navy recognize excellence in environmental stewardship?
Environmental stewardship is a core value of the Department of Navy. The Secretary of the Navy's Environmental Awards Program annually recognizes Navy and Marine Corps individuals, teams, ships, and installations for their exceptional environmental stewardship and valuable contributions to the Navy's mission. Annually, the Secretary of the Navy recognizes top performers in the areas of Cultural Resources Management, Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition, Environmental Quality, Environmental Restoration, Natural Resources Conservation, and Sustainability. Achievements in these areas demonstrate that our sailors, marines, and civilians continue to find innovative, cost-effective, and long term solutions to protect our vital national treasures and promote a greener future. These dedicated professionals bring a renewed energy and enthusiasm to protecting our environment while carrying out our national security objectives.
How does the Department of the Navy (DON) comply with environmental planning requirements?
DON, like all federal agencies, conducts an environmental impact study prior to starting any/all major actions on our Navy and Marine Corps bases and installations. Major actions can include anything from building a new road, structure, or parking lot to stationing a new aircraft at a particular base. Environmental impact of the action is evaluated, minimized where we can, and mitigation measures implemented to compensate for the remaining impact.
How does the Navy protect marine mammals when training or testing at sea?
The Navy takes aggressive steps to protect marine species when conducting our training and testing. Examples include: 1) Using qualified lookouts to search for marine life in the vicinity of training/testing events 2) Reducing power or securing active sonar when marine mammals get within the established buffer zones 3) Establishing protective mitigation zones around detonations 4) Maneuvering a vessel to avoid close interactions with marine mammals/endangered species
Is the Department of the Navy going Green?
The Department of the Navy, where fiscally wise in the long-term, is endeavoring to have each Navy and Marine Corps installation become a sustainable community. We strive to incorporate environmental considerations into every acquisition, explore and develop programs which encourage local community compatible land uses; and embrace efficient buildings, renewable energy, smart meters/smart grids, alternate fueled vehicles, resource-efficient practices, and a culture that respects and promotes sustainability. The Department continues to support environmental research while we integrate technology, analysis, and decision-making tools into our installation operations. Sustainability supports our National Defense mission, our environment, and our community.
What actions is the Department of the Navy taking to address storm water management on its facilities?
The Department issued a Low Impact Development policy in 2007 requiring full compliance by 2011. Also, DoD issued a policy in 2010 to implement the stormwater management requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) section 438. These policies require virtually the same thing – no net increase in stormwater runoff volume through future development and re-development projects. The Department has incorporated these policy requirements into all construction project design requirement documents and added a LID/EISA 438 data module for these construction projects. This module is used by program managers to ensure and document compliance with these stormwater management requirements. The Department continues to evaluate performance and incorporate lessons learned to ensure future projects meet and exceed stormwater management goals.
What is the Department of the Navy's "stewardship" strategy for managing and protecting the vast lands and natural resources under its care?
The Department of the Navy manages its natural resources with a few important concepts in mind. First is fulfilling the military mission. Natural resources must be used in appropriate ways to support the Department's primary functions and operations. This can be a complicated process involving everything from helping to site a building away from a wetland, to projecting the need for new piers for ships twenty years in the future and planning for their impacts. Compliance with environmental laws and regulations is a bedrock principle -- we know that reduction of enforcement actions also supports the mission. Care of our nation's natural resources because our future depends on them is stewardship -- this includes appropriate preservation, enhancement and secondary uses. Finally, we partner with groups for the benefit of the resources and we reach out to the community to share with them the work we are doing. This often results in public support for the military installation/activity. By maintaining the ecological health and integrity of our bases, we help maintain access to the lands, air, and sea resources required to support the DON mission. A healthy environment can support more use and stresses than one that has been severely degraded. Conservation and military readiness are not mutually exclusive -- rather, we must identify, understand, and manage the relationship between the two. To effectively do this, DON works had to ensure that it has up-to-date information on the location and condition of the natural resources under its control.
What is the Navy doing to better understand marine mammal behavior?
The Navy, as a world leader in marine mammal research, invests millions of dollars annually to better understand marine mammals in order to best protect them while meeting our national security objectives. We continue to build and strengthen one of the world’s most robust research programs designed to improve our understanding of marine mammal ecology and population dynamics, potential effects of man-made sound, and how to best monitor for marine mammal presence.
What is the status of the Department of the Navy’s clean-up program on active and BRAC installations?
The Department is investigating and cleaning up sites contaminated with industrial chemicals under the installation restoration program (IRP) and sites with munitions under the munitions response program (MRP). We currently have over 4,200 environmental sites on active installations and over 1100 sites on BRAC installations. The Department has made substantial progress investigating and cleaning up these sites and has remedies in place or completed response actions at 67% of sites of active installations and at 75% of sites on BRAC installations, as of the end of fiscal year 2011. The Department is on track to meet the Department of the Defense metric of reaching response complete on 95% of all the sites by 2021.
When will the Department of the Navy be finished with its clean-up programs?
The Department is on track to achieve the Department of the Defense response complete goal at 95% of its sites by 2021. This milestone means that all response actions have been completed, the cleanup objectives have been met, and the regulatory agencies agree that the sites are safe for their intended land use. The remaining 5% of sites will have remedies in place, but continued operations and maintenance of remediation systems is required to achieve the cleanup objectives. In these few cases, the site uses may be restricted until the cleanup objectives are reached to support the future land use.
 

 Energy FAQs

 
  
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Does the DON want to own renewable energy equipment?
While we normally will own small renewable equipment most large utility grade projects will be owned by industry and we will purchase the power through a power purchase agreement.
Does the DON want to own the renewable energy certificates(credits) that are tied to a renewable project?
No, If the DON can get a better price for power by not owning the RECs we will negotiate having the contractor retain ownership of them.
How long a contract period can the DON contract for?
The military has 30 year authority to purchase energy from a renewable energy project. The project has to be either on military land or on privately owned property. The contract also needs to be approved by DUSD(I&F)
If I have a technology that I would like to submit to the Department of the Navy, how do I go about submitting my technology?
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