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Working to Prevent Pollution

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Strategic Plan

A target in Goal Five of EPA’s Strategic Plan is to reduce pollution by 4.5 billion pounds, conserve 31.5 trillion BTUs of energy and 19 billion gallons of water, and save $791.9 million by 2011.

OPPT's pollution prevention program received an 82.7 percent rating from the Office of Management and Budget on its Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) effectiveness review, the third highest rating to date at the time it was assessed.  In 2007, OPPT continued to implement the recommendations from its PART assessment.

The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 established that prevention, or "source reduction," is the Agency's first priority for addressing pollution and waste. Therefore, EPA's guiding principle is to reduce when possible potential sources of waste and pollution rather than controlling pollution or treating or recycling waste after it is created.

The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) has been complementing traditional "command and control" approaches with innovative, collaborative programs that encourage environmental stewardship as both a critical environmental strategy and a sustainable business practice. For example, OPPT has been using pollution prevention (P2) approaches to encourage replacement of existing chemicals of concern in the marketplace. OPPT offers incentives to create innovative technologies and substitute safer chemicals for riskier ones through programs such as Green Chemistry, Design for the Environment, Sustainable Futures, and the High Production Volume Challenge, to name a few. OPPT also is working to integrate pollution prevention into its traditional "command and control" regulatory activities across air, water and waste regulations.

The Environmental Assistance Network was created to coordinate activities within EPA's Strategic Goal 5, Environmental Stewardship. Among EPA's five major strategic goals, EPA's environmental stewardship goal includes OPPT's cross-cutting coordination on P2 opportunities in enforcement and compliance, small business development, and P2 research and development.


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