Environment

Virginia class sub

Huntington Ingalls Industries is a leader in environmental stewardship with our proactive approach of applying state of the art knowledge and technologies available to protect and preserve the environment and community.  We understand our responsibility to protect and preserve natural resources and we take that responsibility very seriously.  We face numerous environmental challenges due to the vast amount of heavy manufacturing and construction activities throughout our facilities.  Through our practice of environmental stewardship, waste minimization, and pollution prevention activities, Huntington Ingalls Industries has minimized the amount of pollutants released into the local air, water and landfills. Several programs have been developed to prevent or control pollutants and to comply or exceed regulatory compliance. We are constantly promoting environmental education and awareness for Huntington Ingalls employees and the community.  In addition, our facilities have developed an aggressive recycling program, receiving awards for our exemplary environmental compliance record.

At our Newport News Shipbuilding division, the Environmental Management System (EMS) is a proactive program for managing shipyard activities so that negative impacts to the environment are minimized or eliminated. The program was certified as ISO 14001 compliant in 2003, and has remained certified since then. The ISO 14001 is an international standard for environmental management systems, and to maintain this certification NNS must show continuous improvement in our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment. Newport News Shipbuilding’s environmental policy can be summarized by the acronym SOAR, which stands for Stop pollution, Obey rules, Always improve, and Reduce waste. All employees and contractors receive environmental awareness training and have opportunities available to be an environmental steward to support our environmental commitment to continual improvement and pollution prevention.

Following are some additional highlights of our environmental management program:

Treatment Plants

The Chemical Waste Treatment Plant and Oily Waste Treatment Facilities at Newport News Shipbuilding ensure the protection of water quality.  Treating wastewaters on-site reduce transportation of on public roads and the volume of waste.

Waste Reduction & Recycling

HII takes an active approach to waste reduction and recycling. Our Recycling and Reuse program conserves natural resources, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and keeps limited landfill space available for the future. Through our facility programs multiple recycling and repurposing efforts, thousands of tons of waste are kept out of regional landfills each year. Much of the waste generated by our operations is recycled or repurposed. Here are some recent recycling statistics for HII:

Over a six year period HII has recycled:

  • Over 5,091 tons of office paper and cardboard.
  • Over 140,126 tons of ferrous and nonferrous metals
  • Over 99,973 tons miscellaneous items such as spent abrasives, batteries, tires, controlled waste, hazardous waste, concrete, asphalt, e-waste and oil.

Over a six year period HII has reused:

  • Over 186 tons of drums.
  • Over 112.64 tons of pallets.
  • Over 56,292 tons miscellaneous items such as solid waste/ wood to waste, clean dirt, e-waste and wood used to make mulch.

Other waste reduction efforts include the following:

  • Reusable Blast Abrasive – At several abrasive blasting and surface coating facilities, steel shot is used and then recycled 12 to 15 times. This saves on waste reduction and air emissions compared to coal slag abrasive that is used only once.
  • Powder Coat Facility – This process has eliminated paint waste, reduced air emissions, reduced environmental regulatory risks, and saved the company $20K annually
  • Just IN Time Paint Delivery – This process, implemented in 2006, has reduced paint waste due to shelf life expiration, and has increased delivery efficiency to the craftsman.
  • Implemented Paint Cartridge System – This system has been implemented on the Virginia Class Submarine Program and is now being implemented on the Ford Class Program where paint waste and vessel labor hours are expected to be reduced
  • Recovered Used Oil – Approximately 100,000 gallons of Used Oil is recovered each year and recycled, generating tens of thousands of dollars in revenue annually.
  • Universal waste – HII manages all fluorescent and mercury bulbs and rechargeable batteries as Universal Waste, thus recycling the waste streams and minimizing hazardous waste generation. HII recycles thousands of pounds of batteries and fluorescent bulbs annually.

Mixed Waste – The goal of the NNPP program is to eliminate the generation of or minimize to the maximum extent possible, the generation of mixed waste.  Planning before the generation of mixed waste and/or PCB/radioactive waste is essential.