Mission: MCLB Hazmat materials

Anytime a new chemical comes to the base, it is sent to a warehous to be labeled

The Marine Corps Logistics Base deals with many hazardous materials on a daily basis and it's their job to make sure everyone on base is safe from those materials.

The Hazmat Material Management System on the Marine Corps Logistics Base deals with 1600 chemicals used for anything you can imagine. Robert Metts is the Environmental Pollution Prevention Branch Manager.

"We try to track all the material so we can downsize materials, create new materials, go green with materials, keep users from using too much materials," Says Metts.

Whenever a new chemical comes in, it goes to a warehouse where they label it so as to track it anywhere on base. They can also track much more than just the material's whereabouts. Their Air Program tracks air pollutants released from chemicals, as well as VOC's, or volatile organic compounds. Once the chemical or material is used up, it's drummed up, identified and shipped out to a hazardous waste landfill.

And the labels serve another purposeâ"if a building catches fire that houses one of these chemicals, officials know the exact level of danger.

"If there was a spill in that building after the fire, we can tell you what it was so the hazmat team would know how to react to the spill. They pull the MSDS sheet and know what everybody's exposed to or not exposed to," says Metts.

None of the chemicals or materials ever makes its way to the soil or drinking water. In fact, they are continually finding greener products to replace the more hazardous materials.

"We try to keep it safe for the warfighter, we try to keep it safe for the people helping the warfighter. That way if we have environmentally friendly chemicals that can do the process better, that makes it a whole lot better for everybody".