By Michael Vinson, 403rd AFSB, Logistics Readiness Center HonshuMay 28, 2014
CAMP ZAMA, Japan (May 29, 2014) -- "Save the world." "Buy green." "Reduce your carbon footprint." The slogans have been heard before, and including the affects of global warming and the rapid depletion of natural resources.
The Honshu, Japan Hazardous Material Control Center is showing their concerned about the environment and the affects of hazardous material on human health with their new mission to control and manage hazardous materials entering the United States Army Garrison Japan installations.
The HMCC is the installations point of contact for all units and all activities requiring hazardous materials. Hazardous materials can only be purchased, ordered, or brought onto Camp Zama or its sub-installations with prior approval and with the knowledge and coordination of the HMCC.
The HMCC's personnel can determine whether the hazardous material is environmentally preferable and approved for its intended use.
Federal law and the Department of Defense policies direct federal personnel to procure environmentally preferable or less hazardous materials when they are cost effective, and will adequately perform to user requirements.
There are several things to do to help HMCC in their mission. By procuring from Federal procurement websites that list environmentally preferable products, the surety that these sites will list the product characteristics as specified. By contacting vendors or the product manufacturer to inquire about the availability of environmentally preferable or less hazardous materials will also help in HMCC's mission.
Close coordination and communication helps HMCC provide better service.