About the Strategy

The value of a long-term horizon is to consider the nature of environmental stewardship, including current clean-up activities focusing on the environmental legacy of the Manhattan Project and Cold War.

Workers took direct-push samples to characterize the contents of Material Disposal Area B prior to excavation.

Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship is:

  • The management of legacy contamination
  • The management of current pollution control and waste management
  • Future approaches to zero waste and pollution prevention

Mexican Spotted Owls living on Laboratory property

Environmental Management

Implemented through the certified Environmental Management System, planning consists of:

  • Long-term goals
  • Supporting strategies
  • Integrating actions

Environmental stewardship requires an active management system to provide a framework for work activity assessment, environmental risk assessment, corrective and preventive pathways, methods to set objectives and targets, and metrics to assess results.

Native American ruins observed in the Pajarito Plateau. LANL archeologists have identified more than 1,000 archeological sites on Laboratory property, spanning 7,000 years.

Environmental Purpose

The purpose of a long-term strategy horizon is to:

  • Plan for the future
  • Provide facts for making decisions
  • Build confidence with surrounding communities by communicating facts
  • Adhere to the Environmental Governing Policy
  • Perform outstanding environmental stewardship
  • Ensure Laboratory viability
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