Checks and Balances
We use our environmental, safety and health management system to improve our environmental performance and to measure, track and report our progress. We have used this tool successfully in our fossil and hydro and projects organizations, and have expanded its use to our mining operations, coal transfer facilities and river transportation operations.
We conducted internal audits of our environmental management programs at 16 locations in 2014. Audits confirmed that our programs are in place and are achieving compliance objectives. Our audits are providing additional focus on controlling risks and providing assurance that robust compliance processes are developed and implemented related to new business activities. For example, Audit Services monitored and provided input into the development of new compliance procedures related to construction permitting and projects in Transmission, Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) compliance in Generation, and liquids barging in River Operations.
Environmental requirements will continue to apply to AEP generation facilities that are retired. These include many existing state environmental requirements, in particular, those related to the management of water and coal-combustion byproducts. AEP will continue to comply with environmental requirements after these plants are retired, as applicable. We will be working with our state regulators to amend permits as we work through the decommissioning process.