P2 Opportunity Assessment

Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessment
 
PTI Conducts PPOAs
 
PTI conducted various Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessments (PPOAs) for Army depots and research facilities. Our engineers performed PPOAs for the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The PPOAs include data analysis of laboratory operations, waste processes, water and wastewater controls, and source elimination/reduction methodologies. We primarily focused on hazardous material source reduction, new technologies, and green building initiatives for lab operations and the facility infrastructure. We conducted assessments by interview, laboratory visits, and through employee survey forms. The selection process for determining which labs would be the best candidates for comprehensive assessment was based on the greatest benefit for pollution prevention efforts. Other factors considered were energy usage and unique aspects of certain processes or technologies. In addition, PTI evaluated the Pharmacy (hazardous materials inventory) operations and hazardous waste manifests, recordkeeping and permitting for ARL.
PTI identified potential research and development projects at Anniston Army Depot (ANAD), Red River Army Depot (RRAD), and Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) manufacturing facilities. PTI evaluated technologies based on the Army pollution prevention goals and program guidelines, economic costs, anticipated benefits, and return on investment. PTI provided process engineering support to ANAD and RRAD in the areas of aqueous cleaning processes and industrial water supply. Specifically, PTI identified issues such as the difficulty in cleaning various internal passages for the AGT Turbine Engine. PTI used the systems engineering approach to identify process requirements for each specific application. Due to the mission-critical application of engine cleaning, this project supporting ANAD was a high DoD priority. PTI continues to evaluate current process performance and provide recommendations for process enhancements.
PTI assisted the Army and the National Defense Center for Environmental Excellence (NDCEE) with the Sustainable Painting Operations for the Total Army (SPOTA) program. In light of the upcoming National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutions (NESHAPs) being promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it was crucial to ensure continued operations at impacted Army facilities. These proposed regulations substantially affected the Army’s sustainability of mission-critical equipment at both industrial base (depot, arsenal and ammunition plant) and field-level operations. Pollution prevention was deemed to be a more cost-effective approach toward minimizing the impacts of the regulations on Army activities.
PTI performed three main tasks:
  • Defined the requirements for painting and coating operations at impacted AMC Army installations
  • Identified the methodology used to provide the performance requirements to the Sustainment community.
  • Investigated technologies that could be implemented to assure continued compliant painting and coating operations.

PTI conducted PPOAs at the following facilities

Anniston Army Depot (ANAD)

Red River Army Depot (RRAD)

Lima Army Tank Plant (LATP)

Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD)

Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD)

Sierra Army Depot (SIAD)

Pine Bluff Arsenal (PBA)

Rock Island Arsenal (RIA)

Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAP)

Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP)

McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (MCAAP)

Milan Army Ammunition Plant (MAAP)

Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP)