FSC engineers receive praise for environmental controls

| July 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

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1st Lt. Jerad Hoffman
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Spc. Jeffrey Robinson from the Distribution Platoon, Foward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, pours used oil into the used oil barrel.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Most Soldiers agree that being stationed in Hawaii is a great experience as the beaches, sights and scenery are some of the best in the world. 

In order to continue to swim and fish in pollution-free waters, the Army has made environmental controls one of its main priorities.  

During regular workdays, a single maintenance platoon can change and use 10 gallons of petroleum oil and lubricants, or POL, and up to 50 gallons of POL per week. So, it’s important that Army systems are in place to manage and track all POL products used, stored and transported throughout the work site. 

Having POL mismanaged and discarded improperly could cause devastating repercussions to the environment and cost many thousands of dollars in fines from federal and state inspectors.  

Along with maintenance and distribution operations, the Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, takes pride in complying with these federal, state and installation requirements for environmental control. 

The FSC recently received a nearly perfect score by the Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Compliance Division on the unit’s organization, storage and operation procedures during the unit’s last environmental compliancy inspection.

The FSC is responsible for the storage, distribution and disposal of a 30-day supply of POL for the entire battalion at the recyclable material shop storage point. If not stored and regulated properly, the RMSSP can be very harmful to the water system in the event of rain. 

The FSC is also responsible for its own hazardous waste shop storage point and seven-day POL satellite storage point, since it can be detrimental to the health and well-being of Soldiers working in the maintenance bay, if POL and hazardous waste are not managed and stored properly. 

For example, if empty drums of POL and oily rags are not correctly stored and discarded, a risk of polluted air and damage to personal health results. 

Upon receipt of the nearly perfect score in all categories involving the RMSSP and HWSSP, as well as all other areas inspected, DPW selected the FSC motor pool to be inspected by the Department of the Army’s Environment Performance Assessment System, recently.

“I’m very proud of the Soldiers and my first sergeant (as) I expect the best out of them, day-in and day-out, and that’s what we get,” said Capt. Chauncey Hodge, commander, FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

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