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NPR 8553.1B
Effective Date: September 22, 2009
Expiration Date: September 22, 2021

(NASA Only)

Subject: NASA Environmental Management System (Revalidated 8/28/2014)

Responsible Office: Environmental Management Division

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Table of Contents

Change Log


P.1 Purpose
P.2 Applicability
P.3 Authority
P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms
P.5 Measurement/Verification
P.6 Cancellation

Chapter 1. General Requirements, Roles, and Responsibilities

1.1 General Requirements
1.2 Roles and Responsibilities

Chapter 2. Environmental Policy

Chapter 3. Planning

3.1 Environmental Aspects
3.2 Legal and Other Requirements
3.3 Objectives, Targets, and Programs

Chapter 4. Implementation and Operation

4.1 Resources, Roles, Responsibility, and Authority
4.2 Competence, Training, and Awareness
4.3 Communication
4.4 Documentation
4.5 Control of Documents
4.6 Operational Control
4.7 Emergency Preparedness and Response

Chapter 5. Checking and Corrective Action

5.1 Monitoring and Measurement
5.2 Evaluation of Compliance
5.3 Nonconformity, Corrective Action, and Preventive Action
5.4 Control of Records
5.5 Internal Audit

Chapter 6. Management Review

Appendix A: Definitions
Appendix B: Acronyms
Appendix C: Documents, Procedures, and Records
Appendix D: Guidance on the Development, Implementation, and Maintenance of the EMS
Appendix E: NASA Environmental Management System Checklist
Appendix F: References

List of Figures

Figure 1: Flow Diagram of Overall Process for Identifying Environmental Aspects and Impacts and Determining High-Priority Environmental Aspects
Figure 2: 5x5 Risk Matrix
Figure 3: Priority-Level Categories

List of Tables

Table 1: Environmental Aspect Categories
Table 2: NASA EMS Benefit (B)/Impact (I) Categories
Table 3: NASA EMS Probability Scoring
Table D-1: Example of an Environmental Aspect Risk Analysis Table


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