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EMS at Wall Experiment Station

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In late 2000 MA DEP's Wall Experiment Station (WES) received a grant from EPA to support the development of an EMS. Applying EMS principles to all of its activities and functions, this state laboratory in Lawrence has reduced environmental impacts and operational costs. The following results demonstrate the benefits of two of the nine environmental management projects within the WES EMS framework.

-Solid Waste: Prior to implementing an EMS, the lab was filling a six-yard dumpster with a weekly pick up. By October of 2002 the dumpsters were half full/empty and being picked up every other week. The decrease in solid waste has resulted in pick-ups every three weeks resulting in savings of $1,898 per year.

-Air Quality: The WES has implemented a solvent recovery system for sample concentrations. An estimated 80 percent of solvent vapor has been diverted from entering the atmosphere; a far cry from the zero solvent recovery before the EMS was implemented.

WES has also promoted EMS by participating in programs to bring EMS to schools and municipalities in the state.

More Info www.state.ma.us/dep/bspt/wes/ems/profile.htm
Project Contact
Name Paul Walsh or Michael Bebirian
Phone 617-556-1011 or 978-682-5237
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 1, Spring 2003 [PDF]


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