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Army Suggestion Program adopts civilian employee's idea

The Plans, Analysis and Integration Office is pleased to announce that a suggestion recently submitted by Fort Drum civilian employees has been approved for adoption.
Amy Stiefel, an employee of the Environmental Division in the Directorate of Public Works, submitted a suggestion to use biodegradable oil to lubricate chainsaws.
The use of biodegradable bar and chain oil will minimize the amount of contamination that enters the environment.
Traditional petroleum-based oils can remain in the ground for years with adverse effects to living organisms.
Costs associated with spill clean-up and decontamination can be expensive, as is the disposal of contaminated soil and used oil. Biodegradable oils have far less impact on the environment, because they will remain in the ground for only a short amount of time and are much less toxic.
From a health and safety standpoint, using vegetable- or tallow-based oils also will prevent employees from being exposed to the harmful petroleum mists that can be produced by running machinery and equipment.
Prolonged exposure to petroleum-based mists has been shown to cause irritation to the respiratory system.
The use of biodegradable oil also will move Fort Drum closer to the Army’s vision of Net Zero by reducing waste and preventing the contamination of soil and water resources.
The evaluator of Stiefel’s idea recommended she receive a $250 award for her adopted suggestion.
Stiefel received a certificate of commendation on June 15, as well as the recommended $250 award.
To find out more about submitting ideas to the Army Suggestion Program, contact Bobbie Meyers, program manager, at 772-8405 or

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