e. Unit Mission Training. Unit leaders must exercise caution with noise pollution, air pollution,
waste disposal, spill protection, water pollution, and cultural and natural resource protection. Unit leaders
check with the installation training staff concerning training area restrictions and coordinate in advance
for environmental guidance due to differing local, state, or HN regulations.
f. Communications. Modern communication systems use many types of batteries. Used batteries
are considered a HW in most states, and therefore, unit personnel ensure that SOPs specify storage and
disposal procedures for each type of battery in the unit.
g. Operations. Operations do not automatically suspend environmental considerations. Higher
commanders' guidance is critical to determining the risk that will be applied to any operation. Leaders
may use the risk management principles and the five-step process for guidance.
h. Special Requirements. In addition to meeting the previously stated requirement, some military
units, such as the National Guard (NG) and reserve component (RC) units and units stationed in foreign
countries must follow additional environmental guidelines. Check with the unit ECO and the supporting
HQ for more information.
6-5. Summary. Unit commanders are responsible for building and implementing a unit environmental
program. Assistance is available from the installation/garrison/base staffs as well as from unit higher HQ.
Tools to assist unit leaders also include generic checklists, available for units to assess compliance with
environmental laws and regulations in their daily operations and activities. One generic checklist may be
found in FM 4-04.4 (3-100.4), Appendix H. ECAS checklists provide a more comprehensive assessment.
Leaders must remember that self-assessment is only a guide and does not provide final determination of