Sustainable Fort Rucker
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MISSION: In order to sustain the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker's training, readiness, and quality of life needs, we will provide the guidance, actions, and customer assistance necessary to comply with all environmental laws and regulations, prevent pollution where possible, protect and conserve vital natural resources, and continually improve our operations.

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Hazardous Waste Management


Background


The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the principal federal legislation governing the management of solid and hazardous waste. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established regulations under RCRA which govern hazardous waste generation, storage, transportation, and disposal. EPA has designated the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) authority to administer and enforce RCRA in Alabama.

Army Regulation 200-1 (Chapter 10) implements HW requirements and provides installation personnel with procedures and responsibilities to manage HW consistent with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Fort Rucker's Hazardous Waste Management Plan (administered by the DPW Environmental and Natural Resources Division) provides even more specific guidance for those handling HW. 

 Waste Generation

The primary missions of Fort Rucker are pilot training, aircraft maintenance, and air traffic control training with emphasis on rotary-wing aircraft.  HW is generated and managed at numerous locations on Fort Rucker properties. This HW is primarily the result of maintenance of Army equipment and property, expired shelf-life hazardous materials, and medical service support activities. Fort Rucker also generates various types of used oil during normal operations and other activities, in addition to hazardous waste, and must dispose of such materials.

Fort Rucker is considered a large quantity generator (i.e. generates greater than 1000 kg or 2,200 pounds per month) of HW, and submits a HW report every other year to the state of Alabama and the EPA. Cairns Army Airfield is not contiguous to the main Fort Rucker property and is a large quantity generator and has a separate EPA ID number.  Shell Army Heliport is also not contiguous to the main Fort Rucker property and has a separate EPA ID number.
 

Waste Accumulation and Turn-In 

As a designated large quantity generator, Fort Rucker is allowed to accumulate HW for up to 90 days on-site.  Fort Rucker operates a centralized 90-day hazardous waste accumulation site (90-HWAS), as well as five other 90-day storage sites around the installation. Also, Fort Rucker also has numerous hazardous waste satellite accumulation sites and universal waste accumulation sites around the installation.
 
Waste that is accumulated in hazardous waste satellite accumulation points (HWSAPs) must meet the following conditions:
  • Located at or near the point of generation
  • Under the control of the operator
  • Compatible with the container used for accumulation 
  • Good condition of container
  • Kept closed unless actively adding or removing waste
  • Labeled with the words "HAZARDOUS WASTE", the EPA ID number, and the type of waste being accumulated
  • Transfer to a less than 90-day hazardous waste accumulation site (HWAS) when meet the accumulation threshold (55-gallons for HW and 1 quart for acutely HW) within 3 days
HW must be turned in to a 90-HWAS using a DD Form 1348-1A. Detailed information about waste turn in is found in ENV-SW001 Waste Turn In Procedure.  HW that is accumulated in a 90-HWAS is managed in accordance with applicable regulations and the requirements in the HWMP. 

Hazardous Waste Management Plan (HWMP)

Fort Rucker's HWMP is a comprehensive document which covers all installation operations, including all activities and tenants that generate, temporarily store, transport, and turn-in for disposal regulated and hazardous waste. The requirements of this document are applicable to all military and civilian personnel at Fort Rucker, including commanders and directors.

The HWMP discusses procedures that ensure each step in the "cradle-to-grave" management of hazardous wastes is carried out in a consistent manner and in accordance with all regulatory requirements.  
 
The HWMP is posted under "documents" at the top of the webpage or the Environmental Documents page. 

Hazardous Waste Training


Please click on the link at the right side of this webpage to read more about HW training required for all personnel who are involved in any aspect of HW generation or handling. THIS TRAINING IS MANDATORY IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS!

For More Information

For more information about HW or UW procedures, contact your organization's Environmental Officer, or DPW-ENRD (334-255-1024).

Contact Information

Hazardous Waste Program Manager
(334) 255-1024
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