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Black History Month QuestChat
Date: February 18, 1999
Featuring: Janice Everett
Environmental Protection Specialist
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL


[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 0 - 12:17:39 ]
Hello to our early arriving chat participants! Today's Black History Month chat with Janice Everett from NASA Kenndy Space Center will begin at 1:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. Be sure you have read Janice's profile at http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/univ/vsm/mentors/docs/jeverett.htm before joining this chat.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 1 - 12:18:44 ]
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[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 6 - 12:59:33 ]
Hello and welcome to today's Black History Month chat with Janice Everett from NASA Kenndy Space Center. Janice works for the Biomedical Office under the Environmental Program Office in the Remediation Group. She is responsible for the hazardous and non-hazardous waste for NASA. Her job is to make sure that NASA stays in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 7 - 13:00:00 ]
And now, here is Janice Everett to answer your questions.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 10 - 13:04:34 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] What is the purpose of your job?
The purpose of my job is to make sure that all hazardous and non-hazardous waste is handled and dispose of properly. Which is according to the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agency.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 12 - 13:06:09 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] Where do the hazardous wastes you work with come from?
The hazardous wastes that I deal with comes from soils and liquids that is deep in the grounds here at Kennedy Space Center.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 14 - 13:08:35 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] Do you deal with animals? If so, what kind?
I come in contact with a variety of animals here at Kennedy Space Center while doing my job. Such animals consist of the following: Wild Hogs, Snakes, Racoons, Gators, and a hugh variety of insects.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 15 - 13:09:31 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] Do you deal with the shuttle waste systems?
No, we have contractors here at Kennedy Space Center that takes care of the Shuttle's waste.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 19 - 13:15:24 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] What technology systems do you deal with?
The technology system that I use is a geographical system that is use for a site layout. It is a tool to display a facility layout which helps me and my co-workers identify the areas where wells should be installed and where sampling should take place on a environmental site.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 22 - 13:16:59 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] What happens to the wastes in a space shuttles?
I believe that the contractor has a group of people that goes to the space shuttle after it has landed and evaluate everything (meaning the waste) and decide how it should be handled.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 23 - 13:18:49 ]
RE: [LindsayMonk] Is it dangerous to work with the materials?
It is very dangerous when working around any type of hazardous materials. However, I am given proper training in how I should handle the hazardous materials and what to do should an incident/accident occur.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 26 - 13:21:19 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] Does launching space shuttles affect the enviroment? If so, in what ways?
Launching the Space Shuttle only effect the animals in the environment. I believe that the loud noise of the Space Shuttle during lift-off sometimes frighten them.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 27 - 13:23:38 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] What do you do with the animals that are sick due to hazardous materials?
All the animals that we find that are sick, we contact the Fish & Wildlife Agency. They have people that work for them that specializes in taking care of the animals. We also make sure that, that particular environmental site is cleaned properly so that the animals will have a safe place to roam.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 30 - 13:25:32 ]
RE: [LindsayMonk] What did you major in during college that helped you get your qualifications for your job?
Most of my experience comes from the variety of training courses that Kennedy Space Center provides. However, in college, courses like biology, chemistry, and environmental will help you get started.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 31 - 13:28:30 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] What materials do you deal with?
The materials that I deal with is mostly alcohol and petroleum. These materials are mixed deep into the earth. We have a crew that comes here to Kennedy Space Center with a drill rig and dig it up and place it inside 55 gallon drums. Then sampling takes place and we wait for the lab analysis. The lab analysis tells us if it is hazardous or non-hazardous.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 32 - 13:29:01 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] Is rocket fuel the most explosive material? If so, why?
I really don't know to much about rocket fuel.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 35 - 13:31:18 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] Do you like your job and why?
I enjoy my job because I feel that I am helping Kennedy Space Center take care of the environment by getting rid of all the hazardous waste which can destroy our environment.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 39 - 13:34:35 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] Is rocket fuel the most explosive material? If so, why?
I don't know anything about rocket fuel.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 41 - 13:37:32 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] How do you prepare for a job in your line of work?
First of all, you must love your enviroment. Second, get a college degree in either, Environmental, Biology, or Geography. Third, tell yourself that you want to make a difference and set your goals. Fourth, purpose in your heart everyday to achieve your goals and you will then make a difference in the wonderful world of Environmental.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 42 - 13:38:45 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] Are you involved with any environmental groups outside of NASA?
Yes, I am involved as well as interested in the Florida Departement of Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 45 - 13:40:41 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] Do you help clean the contaminated sites?
No, I do not help clean the contaminated areas, however, I make sure that all the contamination found here at Kennedy Space Center is dispose of in a proper fashion.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 48 - 13:43:12 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] How did the hazardous materials get into the soil?
We believe that the hazardous materials we dumped back on the ground during a time in this country when no one knew or understood what keeping the environmental clean meant. After years of not knowing and coming into the full knowledge of keeping the environment clean, we are doing everything possible to make Kennedy Space Center's environment safe for everyone that works here.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 50 - 13:44:01 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] Why did you choose civil engineering?
I did not chose Civil Engineering, I choose Environmental Engineering.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 51 - 13:44:52 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] Are you sometimes scared of alligators?
I am scared all of the time of the alligators. However, I give them respect and stay clear of them.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 53 - 13:47:06 ]
RE: [LindsayMonk] What are some of the specific qualifications you need for your job?
You need to have a high school and college education. Also, a love for keeping the environment clean and safe. You must be willing to take a variety of training courses that will keep you up-to-date about the changes and rules of working in the environmental field.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 56 - 13:48:23 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] Do you actually do the soil testing?
No, I do not test the soil. However, I have seen it done and it is an interesting process. It takes about 14 days and it depends on what you are testing for.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 58 - 13:50:34 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] What does it mean to be a co-op student with NASA?
Wow! To be a Co-Op Student with NASA will expand your mind. Because you are given the opportunity to learn how NASA operates. Also, how the NASA team comes together to get the Shuttle off the ground.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 59 - 13:51:41 ]
EVERYONE, as a reminder, Janice will remain online for us for additional time today. Some of your questions can be answered by read Janice's profile at http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/univ/vsm/mentors/docs/jeverett.htm. For those of you who must leave us, please share your thoughts with us at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats/qchat-surveys.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 62 - 13:52:35 ]
RE: [Prettyboy] Are you in Florida now? Have you ever gotten injured?
Yes, I am in Florida now. I have only gotten injured once and that was when some red ants (which I did not see) were all over my right-hand. I only had some swelling and blisters, but I am just great now.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 63 - 13:53:43 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] What did you do to earn the Employee of the Month award?
I earned some individual photographs of me, my picture in the NASA Spaceport Newspaper, and a parking space with my name on it for an entire month.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 64 - 13:54:06 ]
RE: [YouthAlive] Thank you for answering our questions and for your time! We've got ot go. Bye!
You are welcome.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 67 - 13:55:07 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] Ben Franklin carried a list of "rules to live by" in his pocket. What would your list be?
My list would consist of keeping up-to-date with the new rules of environmental and practice them daily.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 68 - 13:56:10 ]
RE: [Prettyboy] Have you had any bad experiences with the hazardous materials?
No, because I practice the rules of safety when dealing with hazardous. That is very, very important.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 69 - 13:57:40 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] Why did you choose to work at the Kennedy Space Center?
I chose to work at Kennedy Space Center because I wanted to be apart of the future. I also wanted to learn more about space exploration and used state-of-the-art equipment. I have really been fortunate here at Kennedy Space Center.

[ LindsayMonk - 72 - 13:58:03 ]
Thank you very much for your time.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 74 - 13:59:02 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] Do you want to become an astronaut?
No, I do not want to become an astronaut. However, they are some of the coolest people that you will ever meet.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 75 - 14:01:23 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] How did you get to be a co-op student with NASA
NASA sent this gentleman to the college that I was attending at the time. He spoke with me and 5 other people and asked if we would consider working for NASA before we graduate. I said, "Yes." The rest is history.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 76 - 14:03:15 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] Is it fun to work there?
Yes, it is fun. It is also a lot of work. We sometimes have to balance everything because we are in the business to get those shuttle launches off on schedule.

[ JaniceEverett/KSC - 78 - 14:06:55 ]
RE: [Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool] What kind of equipment do you use when you are working?
The equipment that I use when I am working consist of the following: Computer with up-to-date software, labels, straps, 55 gallon drums, spill pallets(containers to place the 55 gallon drums inside), straps (used to secure the pallets) and lots of markers to write on the labels.

[ Michael/TheBarnesvilleSchool - 80 - 14:07:49 ]
Thanks for your time and for answering my questions.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 81 - 14:10:11 ]
At this time we would like to thank everyone for joining us for today's Black History Month Chat with Janice Everett from NASA Kennedy Space Center. Our very special thanks to Janice Everett for sharing her time and valuable experience and expertise with us online today.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 82 - 14:10:35 ]
We hope you can join us for our next Black History Month Chat with Ruth Simmons from Smith College. This chat is scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Check the BHM chat schedule page at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc/special/mlk99 to learn more about this chat. Also check our schedule of events page at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events to learn about other upcoming chats with NASA experts.

[ Prettyboy - 83 - 14:11:24 ]
Thank you for your time.


 
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