Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis into the deep blue sky is reflected in the nearby water framed by the green underbrush. Clouds of smoke and steam spread side to side across Launch Pad 39B. Atlantis is heading for a rendezvous with the International Space Station on mission STS-115.
Mission, Goals, and Objectives
The goal of Environmental Assurance is to:
- Monitor and analyze changes in United States (U.S.) federal and state environmental, health and safety (EH&S) laws and regulations
- Understand and minimize the impacts associated with the ban, restriction, or regulation of certain chemicals and materials needed for NASA to carry out its mission.
- Understand the impacts from stricter European regulations that influence many U.S. companies selling products in the global market – sometimes leading to the voluntarily reformulation or elimination of mission critical materials without notice.
- Identify and validate environment and energy technologies needed to reduce the impacts of EH&S laws and regulations through collaboration within NASA, with other Federal agencies, and through international partnerships.
- Improve and enhance risk management practices, communication activities, and knowledge sharing to enable success of current and future NASA programs.
How Environmental Assurance Supports NASA's Mission
Environmental Assurance contributes directly to the NASA mission by improving mission performance. This improvement is accomplished through risk analysis of the changing environmental regulatory environment and providing alternative materials and processes that reduce those risks. Relevant examples during Space Shuttle operations includes the reduction of impacts associated with materials such as brominated flame retardants, lead free solder, perfluorooctanoic acid, hexavalent chromium, and cadmium. The Environmental Management Division will continue its role to mitigate agency-wide environmentally-driven after retirement of shuttle during transition to new program.
Environmental Assurance Regulatory Drivers
The regulatory drivers can emerge from state and federal regulations, international agreements, or foreign regulations. Since NASA operates in a global environment, required materials and their formulations can be affected by changes anywhere on the planet.
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