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Vance Air Force Base (VAFB)

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Waste Reduction

Industry: Military

Wastes Reduced: Air emissions, solid waste

Substance: Air

Equipment: New Technology

Location: Vance AFB OK


Located in Enid, OK has a mission to produce military pilots (200 during fiscal 1997). VAFB is located on 4,934 acres with 142 buildings. There are approximately 2,450 employees at VAFB (1050 military, 200 civil service, 1,200 Northrop/contract). The base mission also involves aircraft maintenance and civil engineering activities.

P2 Application:

The pollution prevention Program was implemented in 1990 as a tool for achieving compliance with state and federal regulations. Improvements have been noted in the following areas: Raw material procurement; Materials handling and management; Evaluation of substitute products; Evaluation of new technologies and techniques; Process changes/modifications; Employee training and awareness.

Environmental Benefits:

71% (53 tons) reduction in hazardous waste. (28 tons of hazardous waste were eliminated with the installation of a geodesic dome on an above ground fuel storage tank.) 67% (8 tons) reduction in use of ozone depleting substances. 29% reduction in pesticide use. 88% (63 tons) reduction in air emissions. 66% (1900 tons) reduction in solid waste.

Details of Reductions

Source: ODEQ

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