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NPR 8553.1C
Effective Date: July 20, 2020
Expiration Date: July 20, 2025
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Subject: NASA Environmental Management System

Responsible Office: Office of Strategic Infrastructure

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Chapter 1. Context of the Organization

1.1 The Organization and Its Context

NASA’s environmental management strategy is documented in NPD 1000.3, The NASA Organization, and NPD 8500.1, NASA Environmental Management, and supported by this NPR. See specifically Table 3-1, Environmental Aspect Categories, and Table 3-2, NASA Risk and Opportunity Categories.

1.2 Needs and Expectations of Interested Parties

1.2.1 Center management shall, to the extent possible, identify those interested parties whose needs and expectations may rise to the level of compliance obligations and document Center-specific interested parties and associated agreements and compliance obligations in Table 3-1, Row 17.

1.2.2 Examples of potential interested party agreements that may address compliance obligations include:

a. Contracts.

b. Mutual aid agreements with local emergency responders.

c. Host-tenant agreements.

d. Partnerships.

e. Concessionaire agreements.

f. Memoranda of understanding.

g. Commercial Space Launch Act agreements.

h. Reimbursable Space Launch Act agreements.

i. Land use agreements.

j. Programmatic agreements with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).

k. Center-specific Biological Opinions.

1.3 Scope of the EMS

1.3.1 The HQ EMD shall define and document the scope of the HQ EMS. At a minimum, the scope of the HQ EMS will include HQ operations, activities, and programmatic decisions, including, particularly, those affecting Center operations. The scope of the HQ EMS will be made available to interested parties via NASA EMD’s public-facing Web site.

1.3.2 Management of each Center shall define and document the scope of the Center’s EMS, which at a minimum:

a. Fully describes all NASA organizational elements that are participating in the EMS, and

b. Clearly identifies those tenant and contractor operations and any other interested parties that are required to participate in the EMS.

1.3.3 Center management shall ensure that those who draft procurement requirements routinely coordinate with environmental staff to ensure that all contracts for goods and services require the contractor to comply with the EMS, to the extent defined by HQ EMD and Center staff responsible for environmental performance.

1.3.4 For any contractor, partner, and/or tenant organization, including lease arrangements, excluded from the scope of the EMS, each Center’s staff responsible for environmental performance shall:

a. Identify the rationale for the exclusion.

b. Confirm that all possible environmental compliance risks associated with the activities of the excluded organization, as well as technical, economic, and other potential effects, have been evaluated.

1.4 EMS General Requirements

1.4.1 The Center Director, when determined to be appropriate by NASA HQ shall develop, implement, and maintain an EMS in accordance with this NPR.

1.4.2 Annually, Center management shall ensure that the EMS and Environmental Management Programs (EMPs) are assessed and updated.

1.4.3 Center management shall review the results of the assessment of the EMS and EMPs (see Chapter 7, Management Review, for details).

1.4.4 The Center Director shall issue an EMS Declaration of Conformance, in accordance with Chapter 7 of this NPR. Centers may seek external EMS certification; however, external certification is not required.

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