GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Leadership on Naval Submarine Base New London is constantly faced with the challenges of the recent military budget cuts, being mission ready, and the storage and management Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT), all while obeying environmental regulations.
In what may seem like a tug of war between many competing priorities, commands can utilize SUBASE's Consolidated Hazardous Material Reutilization and Inventory Management Program (CHRIMP) which streamlines HAZMAT management for all Department of Defense (DoD) employees.
"CHRIMP benefits both commands and the Navy," said Michelle Skilbred, CHRIMP director, Naval Supply Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Norfolk-New London. "Commands can return HAZMAT through us for reuse. It's a lot cheaper to store and redistribute reusable, free HAZMAT than it is to destroy and repurchase it."
CHRIMP has a threefold mission: to ensure that commands have sufficient supplies, to save the Department of the Navy money and to enhance mission readiness.
According to Skilbred, CHRIMP works similar to a thrift shop, properly storing and giving one command's excess HAZMAT to another. At no cost to commands, most of the hand-me-downs are in new condition.
CHRIMP ensures that every unit on the SUBASE retains a 30-day supply of chemicals in their work centers or the minimum amount to support their necessary assigned tasks.
Items become available as a result of shore customer turn-in, identified as excess during HAZMAT locker inspections, miscellaneous material found around SUBASE, and boat materials identified as no longer required. These items are inspected and considered ready for free issue.
"Submarines are tight on space and time when it comes to deployment; thus a boat may buy too much [HAZMAT], leaving the rest to be destroyed if they don't give it to us," said Skilbred. "We streamline the management process for boats pressed for time and on a tight budget, saving the Navy money."
On average, CHRIMP saves the Navy $1.6 million annually and helps the Navy maintain compliance with United States, DoD, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for storage and disposal of HAZMAT.
Commands can request a free issue list containing CHRIMP's current inventory. Items on this list vary from window and general purpose cleaner, grease, lubricants, gas cylinders, detergents, paints and other HAZMAT.
"From submariners to the ashore commands, CHRIMP creates a win-win situation for everyone involved in the HAZMAT Community," said Cmdr. Greg Booth, supply officer, NAVSUP FLC New London, "The key to our success is consistent service and clear communication with our customers."
For more information about CHRIMP, or to request a free issue list, call (860)-694-1529.