Home Depot Stormwater Runoff 2013
|Company||Home Depot, Inc.|
|Subject(s)||Water Pollution; Biodiversity|
|Resolved Clause Summary||Stormwater management policy|
Home Depot has made a commitment to operating in an environmentally responsible fashion. Through its environmental principles Home Depot works to reduce waste, increase recycling, source products responsibly, transport goods more efficiently and reduce its environmental impact.
Water pollution creates adverse impacts to the environment, since it harms the streams and rivers that people and wildlife rely upon for enjoyment and survival. Home Depot sells lawn and garden chemicals, which contain chemical fertilizers and herbicides designed to promote growth and to kill weeds and insect pests. These chemicals if released to streams cause harm in the form of increased nutrient loading and adverse impacts to fish and other aquatic organisms. Home Depot also operates equipment rental centers which wash returned equipment.
Home Depot displays some of its products where they are exposed to rain and the elements. Accidents happen and broken bags or bottles of lawn and garden fertilizers and chemicals when exposed to precipitation cause the release of these chemicals to the environment. Home Depot also washes some returned rental equipment and if the drains below these washing locations are not connected to sanitary sewers, this operation can also cause environmental discharges and harm.
State and Federal Environmental Agencies have implemented laws and programs to control the discharge of contaminated stormwater runoff. These programs focus on the establishment of Best Management Practices as the means to prevent and minimize stormwater pollution. Non-compliance can result in penalties assessed for violations and Home Depot has already paid penalties in one state for alleged non-compliance.
Home Depot has no written policy for the control of contaminated stormwater which originates from its 2,248 stores and warehouses. Home Depot needs to establish a formal written policy, since it will save money on the loss of rain damaged products, reduce waste disposal costs, reduce contaminated runoff, reduce environmental harm, reduce the potential for fines by regulatory agencies for the discharge of chemical contaminants and it will increase profitability.
Therefore, Be It Resolved, the Shareholders of Home Depot request the Board establish a written Stormwater Management Policy, applicable to all locations, including warehouses, which will:
• Identify all sources of operations for which Home Depot may generate contaminated stormwater, including trucking operations, lawn and garden chemicals, tool rental and other storage of all vulnerable chemical products, and,
• Prepare and publish, at reasonable cost, excluding proprietary information, a stormwater management status report by September 2013, from all Home Depot locations, addressing all chemical product storage, transportation, rental and other potential sources of contaminated stormwater runoff which are presently and/or could be exposed to precipitations events or discharge, and then,
• Implement Best Management Practices or comparable prevention practices for all potential materials and operational sources of contaminated stormwater which either prevents such runoff, by eliminating the storage of contaminating products where they are subject to precipitation or runoff or minimizes the potential for such contaminated runoff.
I, therefore, urge Shareholders to vote FOR this proposal.