The Environmental Management Directorate is responsible for managing the Air Force compliance, restoration, sustainability and National Environmental Policy Act programs. The directorate also provides environmental technical assistance and advice to Air Force installations, major commands, higher headquarters and interagency partners. The directorate develops execution strategies for environmental and sustainability issues, as well as projects and programs based on best practices garnered from experience and research.
The directorate has subject matter experts and program managers in various fields and specialties related to environmental operations, including regulatory compliance, environmental restoration, hazardous waste management, pollution prevention and environmental assessments. It is organized into six divisions: Operations, Compliance, Restoration, Technical Support, National Environmental Policy Act and Legislative and Regulatory Engagement.
The Operations Division is organized in alignment with installation support teams located in the continental United States and Alaska. The division provides direct installation support by planning and programming requirements, developing permits and plans, and executing projects. The ISTs serve as installation advocates and are the office of primary responsibility for execution, addressing regional issues or leading enterprise initiatives. ISTs also develop, acquire and oversee contracts in their regions.
The Compliance Division provides Air Force headquarters, major commands and installations with environmental compliance support. The division delivers the compliance programming and execution expertise, core knowledge and leadership required to ensure Air Force installations comply with regulatory programs related to air emissions, water quality, wastewater discharges, hazardous waste generation, and natural and cultural resource management. The division also serves as the central point for collection and analysis of environmental data in various program areas.
Environmental Restoration Division
The Environmental Restoration Division provides Air Force headquarters, major commands, and installations (Active Duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Base Realignment and Closure) with environmental remediation support. The division provides the restoration programming and execution expertise, core knowledge and leadership required to transform Air Force environmental liabilities into operational assets or base closure. Initiatives include remedial process optimization, performance-based management and technology transfer.
Technical Support Division
The Technical Support Division contains the Air Force technical and regulatory subject matter experts for most Air Force environmental programs. It offers technical expertise and consultation services in environmental chemistry, hydrogeology, risk assessment, toxicology, remedial engineering, air and water program compliance, natural and cultural resource management, and regulatory criteria.
National Environmental Policy Act Division
The National Environmental Policy Act Division executes environmental impact analysis in support of Air Force mission requirements. The division delivers subject matter expertise and technical reach-back support for issues related to environmental planning both CONUS and OCONUS. The division also serves as the Environmental Planning Function for all Environmental Impact Statements and supports Environmental Baseline Surveys necessary for real property transfers.
Legislative and Regulatory Engagement Division
Current as of February 2017
The Legislative and Regulatory Engagement Division provides regional environmental coordinators, media experts and Air Force Legal Operations Agency Environmental Law and Litigation Division support for the Air Force and Department of Defense regional environmental coordinator program. As part of their duties, the staff provide review and engagement on state legislative and regulatory actions, assessing mission impacts and coordinated responses, and conduct meetings and outreach activities with DOD components, federal, regional, state and local officials, and other stakeholders.