Among its many characteristics, the world is also finite. This reality underscores the importance of containment and waste reduction. To achieve these goals, we endeavor to comply with all relevant laws and regulations for waste and effluent management. Comprehensive facility-specific plans and procedures are in place detailing characterization, storage, transportation and disposal, which include:
- Stormwater pollution prevention plan.
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater management procedure.
- Waste minimization plan.
Our operations generate effluents from reverse osmosis and sanitary treatment systems, as well as stormwater runoff. We submit monthly discharge monitoring reports to our regulators and perform effluent discharge assessments.
At each site, we maintain Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure plans, helping to minimize the likelihood of occurrence and outlining spill control and response measures. Should a spill occur, we adhere to our site-specific emergency response plans to help protect the safety of our personnel.
In January 2018, after a sustained and unusual freezing period in Southwest Louisiana that affected a specific valve on a tank at Sabine Pass, one of our storage tanks released approximately 39 cubic meters of LNG. Our employees responded as trained, the release was contained, we reported the incident to all required authorities and there was no danger to the environment, the community or our workers. While we regret this incident occurred, we have made efforts in consultation with regulatory agencies and experts to prevent it from happening again.
We generate waste during construction and operations, as well as from office activities. In all areas, we take measures to dispose of our waste in a safe and responsible manner and encourage our employees to reduce waste in our offices. At our facilities we follow waste-minimization plans and recycle waste oil generated in our LNG facilities.
We maintain active recycling programs at our Houston, Washington D.C. and London offices. Our headquarters in Houston and our Corpus Christi office implemented a battery recycling program and we are working to expand recycling efforts at our sites. We also provide our employees with reusable bottles and shopping bags to help reduce single-use plastic waste and raise environmental awareness.