Compliance and Remediation
NSTAR strives to conduct all its operations in an environmentally and economically sound and responsible manner.
NSTAR is committed to excellence in its environmental performance and compliance with all laws and regulations that apply to company operations. In conducting business and making operational decisions, all employees are held accountable for meeting all environmental requirements that apply to their assigned responsibilities, and for using this information in planning and completing their work.
NSTAR demonstrates environmental leadership by fostering environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices in balance with maintaining safe, secure reliability and low-cost service by:
• Meeting or surpassing all environmental laws and regulations applicable to its operations. NSTAR strives to conduct all its operations in an environmentally and economically sound and responsible manner.
• Adopting effective risk management mechanisms by reviewing and auditing internal personnel and procedures and contractors involved with handling oil and hazardous materials and wastes on behalf of the company. NSTAR strives to conduct all its operations in an environmentally and economically sound and responsible manner.
• Monitoring and assessing the environmental impact of NSTAR’s operations, using the results to improve its efforts.Continually seeking opportunities to prevent or reduce pollution, conserve natural resources, and use eco-friendly products and services.
• Striving to prevent or reduce waste through re-use, recycling and effective work-planning programs.
• Seeking opportunities to prevent or reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy conservation, efficient operating practices, renewable or low-carbon-emission energy sources, technology, consumer education, and infrastructure that supports or enables these opportunities. All contracted employees providing services to NSTAR must have the same high standards of compliance to environmental laws, regulations and standards.
NSTAR does not own fossil or nuclear generating assets, therefore the company focuses its environmental efforts on waste management, remediating spills from electrical equipment, and protecting the environment and the species living there.
NSTAR maintains a robust program for environmental performance and compliance. In 2011, NSTAR was assessed no environmental fines. In 2011, two (2) enforcement orders were issued by local conservation commissions, one from the Town of Dover for conducting transmission maintenance work and one from the Town of Weston for vegetation management work, both within rights-of-way.