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ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM AT KSC

Mission Statement

We serve the KSC workforce with our tools and knowledge, to ensure America’s “reach for the stars” protects and enhances the environment.

About Us

The NASA/Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Environmental Program is managed by the Environmental Management Branch (EMB), and the Environmental Assurance Branch (EAB), part of the Center Operations Directorate. The Environmental Branches have the professional capability for environmental policy development, engineering and research. The EMB is responsible for managing the KSC Sustainable Environment Management System (SEMS) and the recycling, sustainable acquisition, hazardous materials, pollution prevention, energy management, natural resources, historic properties and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) programs. These responsibilities include coordination and integration of all programs in these areas and all formal contact with environmental regulatory agencies. The EAB is responsible for managing the KSC environmental permitting, compliance, and remediation programs. For these areas, responsibilities include coordination and integration of all environmental programs, all formal contact with environmental regulatory agencies, development assistance and review of environmental permits, remediation of contaminated sites, cease and desist authority for all polluting activities, and compliance monitoring and surveillance.

These services are supplied by a group of highly skilled professionals with backgrounds in civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental, and electrical engineering, as well as physics, math, geology, biology, business, and ecology. The professional services supplied by this staff include: providing guidance on regulatory requirements, providing liaison and advocacy for the Center with regulatory agencies and the general public, conducting public hearings on environmental issues, maintaining an inventory of KSC's environmental conditions, and providing technical review of designs which have environmental implications.

Environmental Group Functions

Energy Management:  Improve Energy Efficiency + Reduce Emissions + Conserve Precious Natural Resources

Sustainability:  Sustainable Environment Management System (SEMS) + Sustainable Acquisition + Recycling + Pollution Prevention + Hazardous Chemical Reporting + Agency Principal Center for Recycling and Sustainable Acquisition

Environmental Planning:  Natural Resources + NEPA
+ Cultural Resources

Permitting & Compliance:  Air Program + Solid & Hazardous Waste + Storage Tank Management + Water Program
+ Spills, Releases & Discharges

Remediation:  Site Cleanup