YORKTOWN, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Weapons Station (WPNSTA) Yorktown-Cheatham Annex (CAX) won the Diamond Excellence Award for ten years of perfect environmental compliance by the Hampton Roads Sanitation Department (HRSD), May 2, during a ceremony at the Hilton Norfolk Airport Hotel.
This is a first for installations in the Hampton Roads area.
"The businesses and industries we honor today have made an important investment in our region," said HRSD General Manager Ted Henifin. "Their demonstrated commitment to environmental protection helps HRSD ensure that future generations will inherit clean waterways and be able to keep them clean."
Since 2003, WPNSTA Yorktown-CAX and its various tenant commands have worked together, as a team, to ensure complete environmental compliance with local, state and federal laws, regulations and policies, preventing pollution at its source whenever possible.
"There were many factors that helped CAX achieve this milestone," said Angela Gent, stormwater/wastewater media manager for WPNSTA Yorktown-CAX. "Our commitment and dedication to environmental excellence as well as the communication, coordination and teamwork of all the staff involved. Dave Plessinger, Environmental Protection Specialist (EPS) at CAX, in particular has done an excellent job of maintaining a good relationship with all tenants and providing environmental training and support to them."
Additionally, WPNSTA Yorktown was awarded the Gold Award for maintaining perfect permit compliance for 2010-2012 by HRSD. These awards continue to demonstrate the leadership and commitment by military and civilian personnel assigned to the installation to strive for the safe, healthful and compliant execution of their mission as well as the preservation and protection of our land, air and water.
"This is a monumental achievement, for WPNSTA Yorktown, Cheatham Annex and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic by everyone on our combined staffs and our tenant commands," said Captain Lowell Crow, commanding officer of WPNSTA Yorktown-CAX. "We have a responsibility to our community and our Navy to ensure we maintain 100% environmental compliance with local, state and federal regulations while performing our mission to support the warfighters without delay."
WPNSTA Yorktown-CAX will continue best management practices (structural and non-structural) to continue its award-winning practices at the installation.
"Our future environmental success can be influenced by incorporating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction and Low Impact Development (LID) construction into future projects; continuation of environmental awareness training, support and inspections of pretreatment devices by EPS and Yorktown Environmental staff; and the continuation of preventive maintenance and pollution prevention that focuses on source reduction to reduce or eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste streams," Gent added.
WPNSTA Yorktown's mission is to provide installation management/host services for various tenant commands and visiting ships conducting ordnance operations and other missions. Cheatham Annex's mission is to provide warehousing, water transportation facilities, logistics, supply, reserve troop training and related services to the Atlantic Fleet along with recreational opportunities for military and civilian personnel.
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