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Chapter 11
11.6. Washington State Dot Environmental Policy

Example 21 : Washington State DOT Environmental Policy

The Department of Transportation acknowledges the state's vital interests in protecting and preserving natural resources and other environmental assets and its citizens' health and safety. These interests must be integrated with other vital interests committed to the Department, including the cost-effective delivery and operation of transportation systems and services that meet public needs.

The Department shall conduct all its affairs in accordance with the dictates of sound environmental protection practices, including pollution prevention wherever reasonably possible. The Department shall also avoid, minimize and appropriately mitigate adverse environmental impacts. These undertakings extend to the construction, maintenance and operation of its systems and facilities. Legal obligations in these matters are established by applicable laws and regulations; this Policy Statement is not intended to create further or additional legally-enforceable requirements.

  • To support the performance of the Department's responsibilities and undertakings, as Secretary of Transportation, I hereby commit the Department:
  • To implement and maintain an environmental management system that embraces all the Department's program functions;
  • To establish, maintain and make available to the public appropriate performance indicators of the Department's exercise of its environmental stewardship and to consistently review these indicators as a basis to improve the Department's performance;
  • To comply with all environmental laws and regulations applicable to our business and activities;
  • To assure that employees of the Department receive training appropriate to their functions concerning the Department's environmental responsibilities;
  • To communicate to contractors, designers, consultants and other participants in the Department's work the management practices and compliance requirements established to further the aims of this Policy Statement;
  • To encourage employees and all other citizens to communicate with the Department about ways to increase the effectiveness of Department's practices supporting its mission of environmental stewardship;
  • To make every reasonable effort to also protect the cultural and historic resources of the state.
  • Each employee of the Department is charged to exercise his or her responsibility on behalf of the Department to assure that the intentions of the Policy Statement are diligently carried out.


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Table of Contents
Chapter 11
11.1 Florida DOT Environmental Policy 11-1
11.2 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Environmental Policy 11-1
11.3 Maine Dot Environmental Policy 11-2
11.4 North Carolina DOT Environmental Stewardship Policy 11-3
11.5 PennDOT’s Green Plan Policy Statement 11-3
11.6 Washington State Dot Environmental Policy 11-4
11.7 New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority Environmental Policy 11-4
11.8 Texas Environmental Commitment Checklist 11-5
11.9 Maine DOT Environmental and Safety Auditing Policy and Procedure 11-11
11.10 Maine DOT Corrective Action Request Form 11-14
11.11 Mass Highway Compliance Tracking Methods 11-15
11.12 Mass Highway Compliance Tracking Roles and Responsibilities 11-16
11.13 Mass Highway Self-Audit Procedure 11-17
11.14 Mass Highway Facility Self-Audit Checklist 11-18
11.15 Mass Highway Environmental Roles & Responsibilities 11-20
11.16 Mass Highway Environmental Section EMS Roles and Responsibilities 11-20
11.17 Mass Highway Operations Division EMS Roles and Responsibilities 11-22
11.18 Mass Highway District EMS Roles and Responsibilities 11-23
11.19 Mass Highway Training Expectations By Role 11-24
11.20 Mass Highway Environmental Training Program Roles and Responsibilities 11-25
11.21 PennDOT District 10 SEMP Responsibility Table 11-26
11.22 PennDOT District 10 SEMP Training Table 11-28
11.23 NYSDOT Construction/Environmental Training Schedule 11-29
11.24 Environmental Checklist for MoDOT Facilities 11-30
11.25 PennDOT Stockpile Quality Assurance Responsibilities 11-33
11.26 PennDOT 15-Minute Stockpile Walkaround 11-34
11.27 PennDOT Stockpile Snapshot 11-34
11.28 PennDOT Maintenance Stockpile Activity Protocol 11-35
11.29 PennDOT Post-Storm Salt Management Tracking Responsibilities 11-41
11.30 Risk, Compliance Issues, and Management Examples for Highway-Generated Waste - Oregon DOT 11-42
11.31 NYSDOT-DEC Deer Carcass Composting – Practice Guidelines 11-43
11.32 NYSDOT’s Draft Metric for Assessing Performance of Integrated Vegetation Management on ROW 11-47
11.33 NCDOT Roadside Vegetation Management Guidelines in Marked Areas 11-50
11.34 Invasive Species Coordination and Control DOT Resources
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