radioactive isotopes. Unit NBC noncommissioned officers (NCOs) should ensure that all collected
materials are properly marked and turned in.
b. Prevention. Support installation environmental goals by using the following guidelines:
(1) Reduce the use of hazardous cleaning solvents and solutions by substituting less
hazardous solvents and solutions when permitted.
(2) Reuse mask carriers and cleaning equipment. Turn in excess repair parts so that other
units may use them.
(3) Recycle solid waste, including damaged or broken components and batteries. Many of
these items contain harmful substances, such as tritium or lithium.
2-6. Supply, Storage, and Transportation. Supply and storage facilities often contain HM. Take
precautions when storing and transporting these materials. Do not assume that they can be thrown
into the trash or poured down a drain. Turn in excess paint, solvents, cleaners, and supplies to the
installation supply point. These materials can be reissued to other units. Keep a copy of the
applicable MSDS for each HM on hand in a binder in the storage area.
a. Compliance. Store materials according to manufacturers' guidelines, as stated on the MSDS.
Use older items first, ensure that new items are labeled and dated, and place new items to the back of
the storage area.
b. Prevention. Support installation environmental goals in supply areas by following the
(1) Reduce the amount of solid waste and HW in the supply room by avoiding stockpiling or
keeping items around "just in case they are needed." When possible, select items that have less
packaging, are less hazardous, or are easily recycled. Dispose of all waste according to the unit SOP,
but do not wait until a container is full before arranging for proper disposal.
(2) Reuse containers when possible. Try to purchase supplies such as cleaning solutions or
lubricants in bulk, and refill smaller containers as needed. Containers should be appropriately labeled
and compatible with the material stored.
(3) Recycle materials as required by the installations recycling program. Keep recycling
containers free of trash and garbage. Turn in excess or damaged repair parts and tools as stated in the
unit maintenance or supply SOP. These parts will be rebuilt, repaired, and returned to the
2-7. Refueling. Pay close attention during refueling operations because of the potential for spills and
fires. Taking simple precautions prevents large pollution problems. Clean up spills immediately.
During refueling, protect the environment, and dispose of contaminated soil according to installation
policies and unit SOPs.
a. Compliance. Follow the unit SOP concerning the types and quantities of items to be stored at
a fuel point. The unit SOP should specify to place the refueling nozzle in a drip pan and not on the
ground. It should address placing drip pans or absorbent material, such as floor sweep, under vehicles
being refueled to catch any overflow. Maintain a properly stocked spill kit, and ensure that it is