National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory's Environmental Policy
It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct research,
environmental remediation, and operations at the Idaho National Engineering and
Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) in a manner that protects human health and the
environment and is in full compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
The INEEL achieves this by integrating environmental requirements and
pollution prevention into all work planning and execution, and by taking actions
to minimize the environmental impacts of operations. Through employee
involvement and management commitment to environmental excellence, the INEEL
- Protect the unique natural, biological, and cultural resources of the
- Conduct operations and manage hazardous and radioactive materials and
wastes in a safe, compliant, and cost-effective manner. This is done by
establishing and communicating environmental responsibilities, by providing
environmental training to the workforce, and by implementing controls to
mitigate environmental hazards.
- Conduct environmental remediation to address contamination from legacy
activities and minimize impacts on human health and the environment.
- Develop and deploy new and enhanced environmental technologies and share
this expertise with other DOE sites, the local community, and external
- Integrate pollution prevention into project planning, design, and
construction to minimize toxicity and volume of waste generated; conserve
natural resources and energy; and minimize environmental impacts.
- Conserve natural resources by reusing and recycling materials, purchasing
recycled materials, and using recyclable materials.
- Promptly identify noncompliant conditions and encourage full disclosure
and open discussion regarding compliance issues. Aggressively work to resolve
- Establish documented environmental objectives and milestones, and update
them as necessary to reflect the changing needs, missions, and goals of the
- Consider the input of stakeholders when weighing options.
- Measure environmental performance and monitor impacts on the environment,
and communicate the results to employees and stakeholders.
- Continuously improve the INEEL environmental management system through
self assessment and corrective action.
This policy applies to all business units and all employees. Every employee
and subcontractor is expected to follow this policy and to report environmental
concerns to management. Managers shall promote environmental stewardship, take
prompt action to address concerns and issues, and have zero tolerance for