Waste Management Division and Department of Vehicle Services Designated Environmental Enterprises
Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
July 28, 2003
County's Solid Waste Management Division and Department of Vehicle Services Designated Environmental Enterprises
On July 8, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality designated the county's Solid Waste Management Division and the Department of Vehicle Services as an Environmental Enterprise, or E2, in accordance with Virginia's Environmental Excellence Program. An E2 is a facility which is interested in beginning or is in the early stages of implementing an environmental management system emphasizing pollution prevention.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will present the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors a certificate designating Fairfax County as an Environmental Enterprise at the Monday, Aug. 4, meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.
The Solid Waste Management Division designation includes the I-95 Solid Waste Disposal and Resource Recovery Facility, Lorton; the I-66 Transfer Station, Fairfax; and Refuse Collection, Lorton. The Vehicle Services designation includes the Newington Maintenance Facility, Lorton; the West Ox Maintenance Facility, Fairfax; the Alban Maintenance Facility, Springfield; and the Jermantown Maintenance Facility, Fairfax.
The designation is the result of an initiative begun by the county's Environmental Coordinating Committee on June 29, 2001, when 29 persons from various Fairfax County agencies participated in a one day environmental management system workshop. The ECC is a collaborative, interagency management committee chaired by Deputy County Executive Robert A. Stalzer. Among other responsibilities, this committee was established to ensure an appropriate level of coordination and review of the county's environmental policies and initiatives. The ECC has representation from the following agencies: Department of Public Works and Environmental Services; Department of Planning and Zoning; Department of Vehicle Services; Department of Transportation; Health Department; Fire and Rescue Department; Park Authority; Police Department; Office of Public Affairs; County Attorney's Office; Department of Management and Budget; Department of Housing and Community Development; County Executive's Office; Fairfax County Water Authority; and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.
Participation in the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program is on a facility by facility basis. To be considered for inclusion as an Environmental Enterprise, a facility must submit an application with the following information for each of its facilities under consideration:
Policy statement outlining the facility's
commitment to improving environmental quality
An evaluation of the facility's environmental
Objectives and targets for addressing
significant environmental impacts
- Description of the facility's pollution prevention program
In addition, the facility must have a record of significant compliance with environmental laws and be in significant compliance with all applicable environmental requirements.
An environmental management system is a cohesive, comprehensive set of written environmental policies and procedures that identifies an organization's environmental goals and objectives and defines how the organization will achieve and maintain those goals. Participation in this Virginia Department of Environmental Quality program is voluntary.
For more information on the designation or the environmental management system, contact Kambiz Agazi, environmental coordinator, at 703-324-1788, TTY 711. For more on the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program, visit the Web site www.deq.state.va.us/veep/e2.html.