2000 PPIS Grants
Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)
Region 3 (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)
Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU)
Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)
"POLLUTION PREVENTION INCENTIVES FOR STATES FY 00"
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
EPA FUNDING: $65,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will use PPIS funding to continue multimedia pollution prevention technical assistance for manufacturers through a partnership with the Connecticut State Technology Extension Program. DEP will continue to integrate pollution prevention into the Connecticut DEP Air Management Bureau's enforcement activities, and will evaluate its expansion into the Waste Management and Water Management bureaus' enforcement programs. DEP will also provide pollution prevention outreach through the development of an "Impact of Cars on the Environment" poster to be displayed at state Department of Motor Vehicles' offices and emissions stations. Homeowners and homebuilders will learn more about pollution prevention from a display and the Office of Pollution Prevention's staff attendance at the Connecticut Home Builders Association's Connecticut Home Show.
"COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY SECTOR WORKPLAN"
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
EPA FUNDING: $65,000 (PPG) LENGTH: 1 YR.
This grant will fund one full-time equivalent (FTE) position in the Office of Innovation and Assistance (OI&A) for 1 year. The individual who occupies this FTE will be responsible for coordinating pollution prevention and compliance assistance in the college and university sector. OI&A is prepared to pilot this effort at the University of Maine, which is located in Orono, Maine.
The major tasks associated with this pilot project are:
- Develop and implement a technical assistance workshop focusing on compliance assistance, P2, and energy conservation.
- Develop and implement an Environmental Management System-like audit protocol checklist.
- Provide targeted pollution prevention planning assistance to meet a requirement under Maine's toxics use reduction law.
"PPIS 2000 UMASS LOWELL EMS SERVICE PROGRAM"
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, LOWELL (UMASS)
EPA FUNDING: $40,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The UMASS Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Service Program seeks
to assist public agencies, such as municipalities and publicly owned institutions
such as colleges and universities, hospitals, utilities, and transportation
systems in developing an environmental management system within their
The training curricula will be designed to meet the needs of the specific participating public agency organizations and the level of needs for services. Three general categories of services will be offered: General Outreach and Awareness; Implementation Training and Assistance; and Maintenance and Evaluation Assistance. General Outreach and Awareness will help organizations learn more about EMS and advance EMS within their organization. Implementation Training and Assistance will provide in-depth training and assistance in EMS implementation to agencies during an 18-month to 2-year implementation period. Maintenance and Evaluation will assist organizations that have implemented or partially implemented an EMS to deal with issues of system and performance evaluation, sustaining commitment and support for the system, and achieving continuing improvement.
"MARINA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND MANAGEMENT MEASUREMENTS"
MA EOEA OFFICE OF COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
EPA FUNDING: $30,000 LENGTH: 17 MOS.
This project will support programs that address pollution prevention across all environmental media: air, water and land. The proposed pilot program will be used as a model to provide comprehensive and coordinated pollution prevention planning and implementation throughout the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The primary focus will be on developing multimedia pollution prevention activities in the marina sector by providing technical assistance to business. Additionally, this proposal will initiate demonstration projects in marina facilities. Each facility will have to allow public viewing of funded best management practices on a limited basis, as a condition of funding approval.
"EVALUATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESULTS PROGRAM"
MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
EPA FUNDING: $20,000 (PPG) LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Massachusetts Environmental Results Program (ERP) is a multimedia, whole-sector-based regulatory system that incorporates P2 into industrywide environmental performance standards, and replaces case-by-case permits with an annual certification of compliance. ERP applies to three small-business sectors: dry cleaning, photo processing, and printing. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking funding through PPIS to evaluate environmental performance of these sectors. Evaluation data is gathered from field inspections performed prior to the first ERP certification being due and again after certification. Performance will be measured by environmental business practice indicators (EBPIs) which can be used to track trends and measure environmental performance including P2 compliance performance, P2 assistance performance or a combination of both. Field evaluation data will also be used to calculate facility "scores," "group" scores, and to track changes in specific behaviors using statistics as well as to determine the level of accuracy of the certification data. The ultimate goal of DEP's evaluation is to use the results to best target limited resources, provide basis for how well the EBPI method works, and show several years of trends in environmental performance by whole industry groups and individual facilities.
"ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PURCHASING FOR STATE AGENCIES, SCHOOLS,
MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSISTANCE, OFFICE OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
EPA FUNDING: $20,000 LENGTH: 1YR.
This grant includes three environmentally preferable purchasing efforts: 1) Find and make available mercury-free products to substitute for mercury-containing products that Massachusetts state agencies now procure. 2) Develop a Web database on environmentally preferable products and practices for use by Massachusetts (and other) schools. 3) Give small monetary awards to qualified municipalities to procure and try environmentally preferable devices and materials.
"TOXICS USE REDUCTION IN THE HEALTH CARE, DENTAL, AND MARINA
NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
EPA FUNDING: $75,000 (PPG) LENGTH: 1 YR.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) will use PPIS 2000 grant funding to continue its efforts to reduce persistent bioaccumulative toxics (PBTs) and other toxics in the health care sector. DES began working with state hospitals to reduce mercury as part of the department's Mercury Reduction Strategy under its PPIS 1999 grant. Based on information obtained through the mercury baseline survey and the June 8th, 2000 mercury reduction workshop for hospitals (completed under the last grant cycle) DES will focus efforts on areas where hospitals most need assistance.
DES will also continue the work begun during the last grant cycle with state dentists to reduce the use of mercury amalgam fillings and promote the use of nonmercury alternatives. DES will work with the state Dental Society to overcome barriers to the use of nonmercury alternatives by dentists. This project will include outreach on proper recycling and disposal of mercury amalgam waste and other dental wastes, such as that generated by X-ray. DES will also explore opportunities to improve reimbursement of nonmercury fillings by insurance companies.
DES recently established a regional coalition to encourage the purchase and use of low-polluting marine engines by the boating public in the Northeast. As part of this grant cycle, DES will update its Best Management Practices for Marinas, perform onsite visits, and provide technical assistance to selected marinas in the state.
"POLLUTION PREVENTION TEMPLATE, NEEAT TEAM, AND EMS"
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
EPA FUNDING: $50,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
This grant has three components: 1) help vendors characterize two metal
finishing P2 technologies using EPA's P2 Technology Template so that these
technologies can be more widely understood and used by industry; 2) work
with Rhode Island School of Design to develop and pilot an environmental
management system for the school, which can be used as a model for other
institutions; and 3) develop an autobody refinishing shop environmental
"ENVIRONMENTAL BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES"
NARRAGANSETT BAY COMMISSION
EPA FUNDING: $35,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
In October 2000, the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) will begin to develop easy to read environmental informational documents in the form of "Environmental Best Management Plans" (EBMP) for the following industrial/commercial sectors/operations:
- Art Studios, Art Schools and Art Classes within Colleges, Universities
and High Schools-Disposal of Paints and Solvents.
- Auto-Body Repair Facilities-Vehicle Cleaning.
- High Temperature Boiler Operations-Boiler Blow-Down.
Each individual EBMP will include industry/process specific information on:
- Environmental Policy Statements.
- Pollution Prevention.
- Hazardous Waste Management.
- Good Housekeeping Practices.
- Worker Health and Safety.
- Resource Conservation.
- Ideas for Improved Environmentally Designed Products.
- Communicating with the General Public.
- Pollution Prevention and Pollution Control Vendors and Consultants.
- Regulatory Compliance.
- Cost Comparison of Pollution Prevention versus Traditional Waste Management.
As part of developing these EBMPs, NBC will conduct pollution prevention/compliance assistance audits at three facilities from each of these industrial sectors. Additionally, informational workshops for each EBMP developed will be held to help introduce these documents to the members of these industries.
"VERMONT PPIS PERFORMANCE PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES"
VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
EPA FUNDING: $75,000 (PPG) LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) fiscal year 2000 PPIS grant includes the following projects and activities: 1) Mercury fever thermometer exchange and giveaway programs with nonmercury thermometers in communities and workplaces, and a mercury-free thermometer pledge program for pharmacies, hospitals, retailers and health care providers. Such programs will also involve dissemination of mercury information on environmental and health effects as well as mercury-free alternative products. 2) Environmental management systems training programs for Vermont manufacturers and businesses. 3) Continued implementation of the Green Hotels program, a voluntary business recognition and assistance program to encourage voluntary pollution prevention. 4) Workshops and onsite pollution prevention and compliance assistance for the metal fabrication sector in Vermont. 5) Continued implementation of a pollution prevention incentive grant program for innovative pollution prevention implementation at Vermont facilities. 6) Pollution prevention integration activities and projects with DEC's hazardous waste management program to increase referral by inspectors to technical assistance programs, train inspectors on pollution prevention opportunities, develop joint outreach tools that encourage compliance through pollution prevention, and encourage the development of P2 supplemental environmental projects. 7) Participation in ongoing EPA XL projects in Vermont to assure adequate state involvement and review of project agreements and results.
"ELIMINATING URBAN AIR TOXICS AND POTENTIALLY BIOACCUMULATIVE
EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
EPA FUNDING: $154,500 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Empire State Development Corp. (ESD) will partner with Erie County's Department of Environment and Planning (DEP) to educate area businesses about the hazards associated with persistent, bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals. As part of this effort, ESD and DEP will aggressively provide technical assistance to Erie County businesses that release any of EPA's targeted Urban Air Toxics or PBTs. ESD will identify these businesses using Toxics Release Inventory reports and a tool called the PBT profiler. In addition, ESD and DEP will promote a policy shift to environmentally preferable purchasing among government agencies and private businesses to increase the demand for environmentally friendly products. To further this goal, DEP will offer onsite vendor demonstrations to advertise alternative products to target organizations. Overall, the project aims to reduce chemical releases in the region by 1,600 tons to help achieve attainment status for ozone in the Buffalo/Niagara area.
"P2 FOR THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY"
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
EPA FUNDING: $210,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) will partner with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct six 1-day technical P2 seminars in hospitals. The seminars will feature speakers from facilities that have implemented successful P2 programs. HANYS will assist this effort by identifying potential host hospitals and publicizing the events. DEC will develop guidance materials, including a self-assessment manual, fact sheets, and signs. In addition, DEC will construct an Internet "Resource Page" to help the industry reduce the volume of regulated medical waste generation by implementing innovative P2 strategies. Finally, DOH and DEC will support pilot projects by conducting up to 24 follow-up onsite visits to health care facilities to provide positive feedback on P2 efforts and identify additional P2 opportunities.
"MERCURY REDUCTION IN PUERTO RICO"
PUERTO RICO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
EPA FUNDING: $110,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Puerto Rico Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) will partner with the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) and several island universities to provide mercury reduction assistance to the health care industry. As part of this effort, SWMA will offer seminars to educate hospital staff about the problems associated with mercury usage and disposal, as well as identify good management practices for hazardous substances. Technical assistance offered in conjunction with seminars will focus on reducing waste volumes, improving waste-stream segregation, lowering waste management costs, and ensuring regulatory compliance. SWMA and EQB will develop guidance materials to help hospitals use P2 techniques to achieve regulatory compliance in a cost-effective manner. SWMA will also compile Spanish-language resources onto a CD-ROM to help hospitals train new employees and implement P2 practices. Finally, SWMA will recognize successful health care facilities through an awards program.
"MEDICAL WASTE MINIMIZATION AND POLLUTION PREVENTION"
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
EPA FUNDING: $40,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The District of Columbia Department of Health's Environmental Health Administration (EHA) plans to identify P2 opportunities for medical waste disposal, including mercury, from district hospitals. EHA hopes to encourage hospitals to institutionalize comprehensive environmental management protocols so smaller health care facilities will be able to apply the model to their operations. As part of this project, EHA will sponsor educational events for purchasing and waste management personnel about integrating P2 concepts into their practices. These training workshops will stress the relationships between purchasing, use of products, and waste. In addition, EHA will conduct no more than 10 onsite assessments at medical facilities to identify P2 opportunities. EHA will also assist St. Elizabeth's Hospital in developing a computerized hazardous materials inventory that will serve as a model for other health care facilities.
"INTEGRATION OF P2 INTO TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD PROGRAM"
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
EPA FUNDING: $66,274 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for priority pollutants in the Baltimore Harbor area. MDE anticipates that existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits will have to be modified and made more stringent to reflect the TMDLs. To give area industries lead time in addressing the new requirements, MDE will assist businesses in developing P2 programs before the new permits are issued. As part of this project. MDE will identify generators of each pollutant that will be affected by TMDL requirements and will map the facilities using geographic information systems. MDE will establish baseline data about the generation of pollutants and will choose three target industries as models. MDE will assist businesses within these industries in developing and implementing P2 strategies, as well as encouraging them to test a variety of options. Finally, MDE will assess program success by monitoring decreases in the use of target pollutants and reductions in quantity of pollutants in industry waste streams.
"ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS"
CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND, COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EPA FUNDING: $17,250 LENGTH: 1 YR.
Charles County, Maryland, Community College will partner with the Maryland Center for Environmental Training (MCET), the Maryland Municipal League (MML), and Potomac Electric Power Co. (Pepco) to develop an environmental management systems (EMS) training program for up to 10 local government participants. As part of this effort, MML will advertise the program to local government officials and recruit participants. MCET will develop training materials and provide field assistance to help member governments implement specific practices. These materials will focus on the economic and environmental benefits available to organizations that succeed in going beyond compliance. At the conclusion of the project, Pepco's EMS auditors will conduct analyses of each local government to determine whether the training efforts were effective and assess the success of each new EMS program.
"STATEWIDE ENERGY P2 PROGRAM"
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, CATONSVILLE CAMPUS
EPA FUNDING: $69,416 LENGTH: 18 MONTHS
The Community College of Baltimore, Maryland, Catonsville Campus (CCBC) will develop a Statewide Energy P2 Program (SEPPP) to educate business owners, students, and state and local government officials about the relationships between energy usage, air pollution, and global warming. As part of this project, CCBC will sponsor stakeholder meetings to encourage state and local government representatives to actively participate in the program. In addition, CCBC hopes to motivate governments and businesses to consider environmental and public health impacts when making energy-use decisions. CCBC will educate business owners about opportunities to simultaneously improve environmental and economic performance through energy efficiency and the use of alternative energy sources. Finally, CCBC will develop two environment/energy courses for its environmental science curriculum. CCBC will work with the entire Maryland Community College System to encourage the integration of environmental concerns into related programs.
"PARTNERSHIP WITH PENNTAP AND ETAC"
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
EPA FUNDING: $42,060 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PENNTAP) at Pennsylvania State University, and the Electrotechnology Applications Center (ETAC) will partner to provide outreach and technical assistance to help businesses in Western Pennsylvania implement P2 practices. The program will also address applications of electrotechnology for improving air quality by reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As part of this effort, PENNTAP will select businesses to receive P2 assessments and provide onsite visits to identify P2 opportunities. PENNTAP will also conduct follow-up visits to these businesses to determine effectiveness of technical assistance, P2 programs, and overall outreach effort. ETAC will demonstrate the uses of electrotechnology in reducing VOCs in the atmosphere, as well as identify commercially available systems. Furthermore, ETAC will assist in evaluating the cost effectiveness of potential process changes and work process modifications.
"VIRGINIA'S MULTIMEDIA P2 PROGRAM"
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $125,000 LENGTH: 15 MOS.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will continue and enhance work begun under previous PPIS grants. DEQ's goals are to foster the establishment of a statewide P2 infrastructure involving all levels of government and to continue providing multimedia P2 outreach to area businesses. As part of this project, DEQ will partner with the Virginia Community College System to incorporate P2 concepts such as Design for the Environment (DfE) into the educational programs and curricula at 39 schools. In addition, DEQ will continue to develop a Mentor Referral Network to foster peer-to-peer communication among businesses interested in exchanging technical information about environmental compliance, P2, and environmental management systems. DEQ will also organize the Sustainable Virginia 2001 Conference to provide a statewide forum for P2 discussion. Furthermore, DEQ will tailor EPA's Metal Finishing Strategic Goals program to fit Virginia's implementation targets and incentives. Finally, DEQ will continue to publish Pollution Prevention Virginia, a newsletter designed to summarize the agency's P2 efforts.
"P2 SERVICES FOR SMALL AND MIDSIZE MANUFACTURERS"
WYTHEVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, VIRGINIA
EPA FUNDING: $17,250 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) of Wytheville Community College will partner with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to expand an existing program to educate business owners about the benefits of implementing P2 programs. As part of this program, MTC and SBDC will provide compliance assistance to small and midsize manufacturers by identifying P2 opportunities within operational processes. MTC plans to target smaller operations because they typically lack the resources to implement their own P2 programs. MTC will provide onsite assessments to interested facilities and develop educational materials and an electronic P2 resource list. In addition, MTC will work with SBDC to conduct 24 lunch seminars designed to publicize the program and raise awareness of the environmental and economic benefits associated with P2. MTC will help manufacturers implement P2 programs and will provide direct engineering and innovative technology assistance to businesses able to demonstrate positive impacts of their P2 practices.
"P2 ASSISTANCE FOR WEST VIRGINIA"
WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
EPA FUNDING: $80,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will continue its program to promote consolidation of statewide P2 activities and provide regional training for DEP personnel. To raise awareness of P2 concepts in all levels of government and in the business community, DEP will create fact sheets, posters, and other educational and promotional materials to distribute at meetings and through the state's Public Information Office. In addition, DEP will develop a P2 resource database to facilitate, coordinate, and streamline technical assistance efforts throughout the state. DEP will also conduct training seminars for permitting and enforcement staff to incorporate P2 concepts into the permitting process and enforcement settlements. Furthermore, DEP will tailor outreach efforts and onsite assessments to priority facilities and industry sectors. Finally, DEP will encourage colleges and universities to include P2 concepts in environmental courses.
"REGIONAL P2 OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY"
MARSHALL UNIVERSITY, WEST VIRGINIA
EPA FUNDING: $17,250 LENGTH: 1 YR.
Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical, and Applied Sciences (Environmental Center) operates an environmental management incubator (EMI) designed to assist small businesses with ISO 14000 implementation and general P2 technical assistance. As part of this program, the Environmental Center will expand the EMI to target medical facilities in the Huntington, West Virginia, area. EMI staff will conduct an initial educational program to raise awareness of P2 issues within the medical industry. EMI will then offer onsite visits to assess current waste disposal practices, take note of equipment and material usage, and observe procedures. EMI will conduct follow-up visits to identify P2 opportunities and help facilities implement P2 practices. In addition, EMI will update the P2 resources page of its Web site to include information specific to the medical industry. EMI will also use its newsletter, Environmental Manager, to disseminate information about new technologies or other P2 techniques.
"REGULATORY INTEGRATION OF P2 IN THE WATER DIVISION"
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
EPA FUNDING: $74,500 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will encourage the dissemination of P2 information by promoting partnerships among environmental and business assistance providers, partnering with other state and federal agencies, and promoting P2 accomplishments within the state. ADEM will partner with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) to develop a renewable fuels program designed to provide technical and loan repayment assistance to help businesses invest in "cleaner" equipment. Additionally, ADEM and SSEB will coordinate efforts to distribute a manual designed to help the public manage and reduce household hazardous waste. As part of this effort, ADEM will train a minimum of five staff members on the manual and respond to technical assistance requests from the public. Furthermore, ADEM will partner with EPA Region 4, state P2 offices in Region 4, and the Department of Defense (DOD) in Alabama to assist DOD in implementing P2 practices in its regional facilities. ADEM will also implement a P2 awards program to recognize organizations with successful programs and publicize the P2 program. ADEM will develop case studies featuring award winners and regulatory integration successes. Finally, ADEM will update its Web site to include resources and information about P2 concepts and strategies.
"P2 AT PORTS"
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
EPA FUNDING: $40,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will implement a P2 program to target the four deep water ports in Southeast Florida: Port of Palm Beach, Port of Miami, Port Everglades, and Fort Pierce Port. Port operations often include vessel and equipment maintenance and repair, painting and stripping, and fueling. Because ports bring these operations so close to surface water bodies, P2 is a vital part of environmental protection in those areas. As part of this project, DEP will offer nonregulatory P2 assistance to port managers and tenants. DEP will conduct assessments of each port's maintenance facility and encourage port managers to educate their tenants about P2. DEP will also conduct P2 workshops for port staff and tenants. Additionally, DEP will offer onsite assessments to help each tenant identify P2 opportunities, best management practices, and any applicable sources of assistance funding. Finally, DEP will use its P2 database to track the progress of its efforts, monitor the results of follow-up onsite visits, and quantify pollution reduction levels.
"P2 AND EMS FOR METAL FINISHERS"
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
EPA FUNDING: $160,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The University of Louisville's Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) will partner with several state and local agencies and volunteer businesses to promote P2 and environmental management systems (EMS) to the commonwealth's metal finishers and hospitals.
KPPC will partner with the Kentucky Division of Water to identify metal finishers willing to participate in EPA's Strategic Goals Program. KPPC will develop and deliver P2 training sessions for metal finishers and Publicly Owned Treatment Works Pretreatment Coordinators statewide.
KPPC will coordinate with the Metropolitan Sewer District of Louisville to provide P2 assessments to help significant industrial users implement P2 practices.
KPPC will develop "how-to" manuals for the Kentucky Wood Waste Alliance to educate businesses about value-added products made from wood waste.
KPPC will partner with the Kentucky Hospital Association to develop a manual designed to help hospitals reduce their use of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. KPPC will conduct workshops at hospitals to publicize P2 ideas and possibly generate requests for onsite assistance visits.
KPPC will work with metal finishers supplying the automotive industry to develop EMSs in their operations. KPPC will select a maximum of two companies to study their current environmental management practices and identify improvement opportunities.
"SUPPORT FOR P2 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN MISSISSIPPI"
MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $60,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will partner with the Mississippi Technical Assistance Program at Mississippi State University to provide P2 technical assistance and technology transfer to organizations and the public. As part of this effort, MDEQ will:
- Analyze Toxics Release Inventory data and hazardous waste generation reports to target P2 outreach materials to industries and facilities that have the greatest opportunity for improvement.
- Conduct onsite assessments at 30 targeted facilities to identify P2 opportunities and hold follow-up meetings to determine the effectiveness of technical assistance in each case.
- Coordinate with the state's Small Business Ombudsman and MDEQ regulatory programs to encourage the integration of P2 into a wider range of government operations.
- Expand the P2 information exchange to include a waste exchange component.
- Organize a P2 conference for EPA Regions 4 and 6, the 13 states therein, the Department of Defense, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. The purpose of this conference is to coordinate P2 efforts among these offices.
- Publish a newsletter to publicize program accomplishments, case studies, new environmental regulations, and industry specific waste reduction tips.
- Develop an awards program to recognize and honor the P2 achievements of businesses and organizations.
"SUPPORT FOR P2 PROGRAMS IN NORTH CAROLINA"
NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
EPA FUNDING: $120,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources' (DENR) Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance (DPPEA) will foster the integration of P2 concepts into facility environmental management systems (EMS) and state regulatory activities. As part of this program, DPPEA will provide P2 technical assistance to facilities developing an EMS to encourage them to include P2 concepts in their plans. Additionally, DPPEA will offer onsite assessments to help facilities identify P2 opportunities and will provide P2 information as facilities develop their objectives. DPPEA will measure the success of this effort by quantifying the number of facilities assisted and the number that successfully implement P2 with an EMS. DENR Divisions of Air and Water Quality will begin to integrate P2 concepts into their regulatory activities by developing educational materials, training compliance inspectors, and providing P2 assistance to facilities at high risk of contaminating groundwater or public water supplies. Finally, DPPEA will increase the availability of P2 information on the DENR Web site.
"ADVANCEMENT OF P2 IN SOUTH CAROLINA"
SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
EPA FUNDING: $60,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) Center for Waste Minimization (CWM) will work with Publicly Owned Treatment Works throughout the state to identify significant industrial users that could be candidates for onsite P2 technical assistance. CWM will measure the success of this effort according to the number of assistance requests that the referrals generate. CWM will continue to use retired personnel with technical backgrounds to provide waste assessments to the targeted facilities. In addition, CWM will revive an old partnership with the Department of Commerce to obtain technical assistance referrals from its files. CWM will also continue to participate in the South Carolina/Department of Defense alliance to promote the implementation of P2 practices at military bases. Finally, CWM will use surveys to determine the effectiveness of its outreach and technical assistance efforts.
"TENNESSEE POLLUTION PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP (TP3)"
TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
EPA FUNDING: $60,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Division of Community Assistance (DCA) will continue to provide P2 education and outreach to the state's residents, businesses, and government. As part of this program, DCA will:
- Conduct environmental workshops for businesses to showcase P2 opportunities.
- Staff an information booth and hand out educational materials at environmental events.
- Assist industries by incorporating P2 concepts into the permitting process and by providing assistance that promotes compliance through P2.
- Participate in the Tennessee P2 Roundtable.
- Develop mobile solid waste exhibits for public display to educate citizens about P2 concepts.
- Encourage citizens to use alternative methods of transportation (such as mass transit and ridesharing) and to consider purchasing clean-air vehicles and fuels.
- Promote source reduction activities within DEC.
"TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR METAL FINISHERS"
ILLINOIS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
EPA FUNDING: $110,000 LENGTH: 15 MONTHS
In partnership with the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC), North Business and Industrial Council (NORBIC) and Citizens for a Better Environment (CBE), the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will continue to provide technical assistance to Illinois metal-finishing facilities participating in the Metal Finishers Strategic Goals Program (MFSGP). This project encourages metal-finishing facilities to exceed compliance requirements in the areas of water use, metals utilization, toxic releases and hazardous sludge generation. To date, the program has assisted facilities in assessing their baseline performance and identifying P2 opportunities, especially reducing water use through counter-current and spray-rinsing techniques. It has recruited five facilities as mentor sites for pilot trials of innovative technologies, developed a community outreach toolkit for facilities, and conducted onsite P2 visits. The MFSGP program will expand this year to include the following activities:
- Illinois EPA will continue conducting facility walk-throughs and will work with media programs to develop guidance materials that explain compliance requirements.
- WMRC will provide on and offsite technical assistance, focusing on piloting innovative technologies.
- NORBIC will assist facilities in assessing compliance and environmental performance and convene training sessions about effective pilot trials.
- CBE will promote awareness of the project and provide public recognition to facilities for their efforts.
"SMALL BUSINESS CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING P2 INITIATIVE"
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $99,227 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The goal of the Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ's) P2 Initiative
is to provide technical assistance to small and medium-size chemical manufacturers
through partnerships that encourage the adoption of pollution prevention
through assistance, technology transfer, and information distribution.
Activities will consist of identifying resources of similar P2 programs,
industry trade associations, and nonprofit organizations; identifying
environmentally sound alternatives and technologies for small chemical
manufacturers; and conducting two pilot projects that demonstrate the
economic and technological feasibility of implementing P2 technologies.
DEQ has also adopted a regulatory integration strategy to encourage pollution
prevention by promoting voluntary efforts and partnerships with trade
associations and environmental interest groups.
"ENHANCED ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES THROUGH POLLUTION PREVENTION"
MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY
EPA FUNDING: $87,133 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will continue to emphasize regulatory integration of pollution prevention in air, land, and water by expanding the established P2 program operating under the Minnesota Performance Partnership Grant. Expansion of the program will include assessing the status of regulatory integration of pollution prevention within MPCA and the effectiveness of P2 activities; collaborating with regulatory programs within MPCA to devise a P2 strategy for persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances; and conducting P2 outreach to facilities required to comply with National Environmental Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs). The agency will develop a pilot project to more effectively integrate pollution prevention initiatives into multimedia compliance inspections, and will continue on-going MPCA Innovations Pilot Programs focusing on P2 efforts which facilitate exceeding regulatory compliance. The MPCA P2 staff will also continue to provide technical assistance, outreach, and beyond-compliance assistance by promoting the P2 Toolkit that provides specific guidance for site remediation and development. In addition, P2 staff members will provide case studies, fact sheets, and the P2 / Sustainability Web site, and they will network through P2 roundtables including the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR).
"PPIS GRANT PROPOSAL"
PURDUE UNIVERSITY: INDIANA CLEAN MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY AND SAFE MATERIALS INSTITUTE
EPA FUNDING: $110,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Indiana Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute (CMTI) will focus on pollution prevention and promoting clean manufacturing technologies in accordance with the Environmental Performance Partnership Agreement (EnPPA) between the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and U.S. EPA Region 5. The goals of the CMTI project include reducing toxic emissions by convening workshops to demonstrate new technologies for reducing styrene and methylene chloride and conducting styrene emissions testing. Further goals include conducting onsite visits to facilities to evaluate efforts to reduce methylene chloride emissions and utilizing Toxics Release Inventory data to target the reduction of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. CTMI will also conduct site visits to facilities in the reinforced plastic industry to provide technical assistance, and will participate in meetings to encourage pollution prevention in new industrial waste rules.
"UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO P2 INCENTIVES FOR STATES"
UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
EPA FUNDING: $84,500 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The University of Toledo will expand activities of the Ohio Statewide Environmental Network (OSEN), a consortium of state regulatory agencies, manufacturing outreach centers, economic development centers, and higher education institutions, to provide pollution prevention and energy-efficiency information and technical assistance to small and medium-size manufacturers in Ohio. The grantee will supplement OSEN's existing P2 efforts by hosting OSEN meetings and training events and ensuring ongoing communication between OSEN members. It will present four OSEN seminars to manufacturers on Electric Restructuring Opportunities, Lean Manufacturing, Environmental Management Systems, and Incorporating PBT Chemicals in P2 Assessments, and conduct onsite pollution prevention assessments. The assessments will be conducted by a technical expert from an area Edison Center and graduate students from the University of Toledo, and will consist of one day of onsite time with additional offsite research. OSEN will develop a Web-based tool that will assist manufacturers in implementing innovative pollution prevention measures.
"WISCONSIN COLLABORATION FOR POLLUTION PREVENTION 2000-2001"
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
EPA FUNDING: $90,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has collaborated with the Department of Commerce and the University of Wisconsin Extension since 1991 in implementing the Wisconsin P2 outreach to businesses and communities. The collaborating agencies recently identified the primary strategic goal for the P2 program as improved coordination among the individual agencies. In accordance with this objective, the grantee will develop a Web site integrating all Wisconsin pollution prevention information, reference materials, and links. The page will emphasize information regarding persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals, and will include an on-line survey evaluating the resource tool. Further expanding the P2 program, DNR will incorporate a pollution prevention component into its permit application guide for business, including identification of technical resources and reference materials. Copies of the primer will be made available to state businesses.
"P2 BROCHURES FOR AUTO SERVICE AND REPAIR SHOPS"
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $10,900 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Small Business Assistance Program of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will develop a brochure that emphasizes the economic benefits of P2 for auto repair shop owners and managers. The brochure will focus on P2 activities that are simple and cost-effective and will include information on how to obtain additional assistance from EPA and Arkansas DEQ. The Small Business Assistance Program will mail 5,000 brochures to auto repair shops throughout the state. The grantee decided to focus on written materials rather than an Internet-based tool because in Arkansas, small businesses are not using the Internet as much as larger businesses. Included in the mailing will be a postcard that solicits feedback on the brochure's effectiveness.
"EXPANSION OF P2 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ACTIVITIES"
NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
EPA FUNDING: $140,239 LENGTH: 1 YR.
New Mexico State University is the lead agency of the Waste Management Education and Research Consortium (WERC), a partnership of national laboratories and state universities that promotes environmental education and develops P2 technology. WERC provides outreach and technical assistance on P2 to businesses, industries, and communities throughout the state. WERC will expand technical assistance to provide onsite assessments and workshops to more businesses, and support the development of community-based P2 surveys and household hazardous waste collection events in more New Mexico communities. WERC will also increase business participation in the state's voluntary P2 program for businesses, the Green Zia Environmental Excellence Program. To promote P2 in rural locations, WERC will provide workshops in remote areas of New Mexico on P2 and wastewater pretreatment efforts and will conduct short educational courses on P2 via distance-learning technology. WERC also will assist EPA Region 6 by providing technical support for the development of P2 Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) in enforcement negotiations, coordinating training sessions at EPA workshops, and by developing reports on the results of WERC projects. At the local level, to reduce mercury contamination, WERC will support Albuquerque's medical waste management efforts.
"GREEN ZIA ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE PROGRAM, SEPTIC TANK P2,
AND REGULATORY INTEGRATION EFFORTS"
NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT
EPA FUNDING: $150,300 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) runs the Green Zia Environmental Excellence Program, a technical assistance and recognition program that encourages businesses to implement P2. To increase the impact of the Green Zia Program, NMED will train businesses to conduct lifecycle analyses and develop performance measures, and design an interactive P2 software tool to help businesses evaluate and improve their P2 efforts. NMED will also teach artists to prevent pollution by funding a Green Zia Environmental Excellence Design Contest that encourages the use of nontoxic art materials and the minimization of waste. To prevent pollution from poorly designed and operated septic tanks, NMED will develop outreach materials that teach homebuilders and developers about new septic tank technologies, household hazardous waste, water conservation, and preventive maintenance. NMED will also conduct three projects that support current regulatory integration efforts. These projects include a conference on dust problems from natural events, a pilot project to identify alternatives to the burning of tree-pruning waste by pecan growers, and ISO 14000 auditor training for industry, government, and students.
"PRETREATMENT PROGRAMS FOR INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS OF WASTEWATER
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
EPA FUNDING: $37,913 LENGTH: 1 YR.
To reduce the total maximum daily load (TMDL) of pollutants entering streams and other waters from industrial wastewater, the University of Texas at Austin will develop a strategy for wastewater utilities to encourage their industrial customers to prevent pollution. The strategy will include a model ordinance and service agreement for industrial customers of wastewater utilities, a procedure to identify customers that should be targeted by wastewater utilities, and an outreach program to promote incentives for businesses to prevent pollution. To develop this strategy, the grantee will analyze the policy and legal issues affecting wastewater utilities that try to impose pretreatment requirements on industrial customers. In addition, the grantee will document in a case study the experience of a business implementing a model pretreatment program.
"USE OF MATERIALS PRODUCTIVITY ASSESSMENTS IN DEVELOPMENT OF
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
EPA FUNDING: $30,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
To increase compliance with the state's Waste Reduction Policy Act, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) at the University of Texas at Arlington will conduct materials productivity assessments for 16 state manufacturing facilities and help them develop P2 plans. Materials productivity assessments focus on the efficient utilization of resources to help businesses remain competitive and profitable. When businesses recognize the benefits to their bottom line, they are more likely to adopt P2 solutions. TMAC will also hold a workshop with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission on materials productivity that will include a session on how to prepare a P2 plan.
"PRETREATMENT TRAINING, INTEGRATION, AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT
OF P2 PROGRAMS"
TEXAS NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
EPA FUNDING: $123,500 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) will provide P2 training courses for industry and wastewater utilities, improve technical assistance to businesses participating in the Clean Texas voluntary partnership program, conduct site assistance visits, and develop a new public outreach program on preventing ozone pollution. One training course will teach wastewater utilities how to implement P2 programs geared to individual customers. Another training course will provide industrial facilities with an overview of P2 methods to mitigate emissions. To help more small and medium-sized facilities achieve the highest level of the Clean Texas program, TNRCC will develop a one-day course on environmental management systems especially designed for smaller businesses. In addition, to help Clean Texas members meet the employee training requirement of the Clean Texas program, TNRCC will develop a workshop that teaches employees at industrial facilities how to prevent pollution at home. TNRCC will provide site assistance visits to businesses that have not met state requirements for preparing waste reduction plans and also to industrial customers of wastewater utilities. To reduce ozone-generating emissions, TNRCC will develop a new statewide initiative that will include a Web site resource on ozone P2 strategies and a gas-powered lawn mower replacement project. For many of the projects, TNRCC will provide quantitative measurements of environmental results.
"DEVELOPMENT OF AN EMS SERVICE CENTER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND
IOWA WASTE REDUCTION CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
EPA FUNDING: $140,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa will develop an environmental management system (EMS) service center that will serve small businesses and local governments throughout EPA Region 7 (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri). For businesses, EMSs create a structural mechanism to improve efficiency and minimize environmental and employee safety risks. For local governments, EMSs create a structural process for evaluating community issues as they pertain to the environment and overall service efficiency. IWRC will first conduct a survey to determine the types of EMS training needs among small businesses and local governments throughout the region and will then meet with other EMS service providers to develop an effective regional strategy. As part of this strategy, IWRC plans to develop Web-ready materials for the P2 Resource Information Center (P2RIC), conduct workshops for small businesses and local governments, provide EMS training to community groups, facilitate EMS discussions between community groups and businesses, and provide hands-on technical assistance. IWRC will encourage those receiving hands-on technical assistance to become mentors to other small businesses and local governments interested in EMS development. Information from mentors on lessons learned and keys to success will be included on the P2RIC Web site. IWRC will also help other business service providers throughout the region to become EMS service centers.
"EMS STATEWIDE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION"
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
EPA FUNDING: $85,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will complete a series of projects aimed to promote the development and implementation of environmental management systems (EMSs) by businesses and other institutions. To expand the general awareness of EMSs among Iowa businesses, Iowa DNR will hold EMS executive forums where businesses will have the opportunity to share knowledge on P2, EMSs, and regulatory compliance. Iowa DNR will also promote the understanding of EMSs among state regulatory staff through workshops. To examine how a publicly recognized EMS standard could be integrated into state environmental policies, Iowa DNR will coordinate a study by a workgroup made up of representatives from business, government, and nonprofit groups. The workgroup will examine regulatory and financial incentives for businesses and the creation of a voluntary program to recognize organizations that adopt the standard. In addition, the workgroup will develop a draft EMS standard. At a minimum, the standard will address environmental regulatory compliance, P2, and external communication of environmental performance. Iowa DNR will determine appropriate measurements for documenting changes in environmental and economic performance as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of an EMS. Through its Waste Reduction Assistance Program, Iowa DNR will promote the use of EMSs to businesses receiving onsite technical assistance.
"PREVENTING PERSISTENT, BIOACCUMULATIVE, AND TOXIC WASTE"
KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
EPA FUNDING: $127,542 LENGTH: 1 YR.
To minimize persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemical waste
in the state, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will
conduct research and develop a strategic PBT prevention plan. KDHE will
survey businesses to determine current PBT waste management practices
and the sources and quantity of PBT waste in the state. KDHE will also
support local waste-water treatment program efforts to reduce silver and
mercury waste. Specifically, KDHE will help waste-water utilities to develop
workshops that teach best management practices to businesses generating
silver and mercury waste and will develop a curriculum for dental hygienists
and assistants focused on preventing silver and mercury pollution. To
continue to promote P2, KDHE will hold an environmental conference that
promotes P2 strategies, provide onsite technical assistance, and produce
a quarterly newsletter that will include case studies of successful P2
"INTEGRATION OF P2 IN REGULATORY AND OTHER ACTIVITIES"
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
EPA FUNDING: $99,435 LENGTH: 1 YR.
To encourage the incorporation of P2 in regulatory and other activities throughout the agency, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will train staff on P2, establish goals for P2 integration, and develop P2 projects to meet these goals. As part of this P2 integration initiative, Missouri DNR will continue to promote environmentally preferable purchasing within all state agencies. Missouri DNR will also incorporate P2 in the design of its new building, which will include environmentally preferable materials and sustainable design elements. To improve the state's P2 assistance to businesses, Missouri DNR will develop a statewide P2 coordinating committee that will include technical assistance programs, small-business development centers, university extension services, and all other P2 service providers. In addition, Missouri DNR will coordinate the governor's P2 awards event, develop industry-specific P2 guides, enhance its P2 library, and conduct training and outreach programs for businesses. To serve the general public, Missouri DNR will improve its data management and collection of Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data and develop its annual TRI report.
"P2 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO SMALL BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY IN NEBRASKA:
INITIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT"
NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $21,857 LENGTH: 1 YR.
Through the Partners in P2 program, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will assess the effectiveness of hands-on P2 training for engineering students. The students will receive hands-on P2 training by providing follow-up P2 technical assistance to businesses previously assisted by Nebraska DEQ. Nebraska DEQ, in cooperation with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, will survey the students that have participated in the program since its inception in 1997 as well as the businesses that the students have assisted. The survey will determine any changes in attitude or behavior among those businesses and also among the students themselves as they have entered their professional careers. The survey will help Nebraska DEQ to identify the types of technical assistance that have had the greatest P2 impact and will determine how businesses perceive and implement P2 when students provide technical assistance.
"INTEGRATING P2 INTO GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES AND DEVELOPING MEASUREMENT
COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
EPA FUNDING: $103,938 (PPG) LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will integrate P2 into government activities at both the state and local level, expand the reach of P2 technical assistance to businesses, and develop a system to measure quantitative impacts of P2 efforts. Through the P2 Link, which includes representatives from CDPHE regulatory and nonregulatory programs, the agency will facilitate integration of P2 and improve coordination of P2 efforts at the state level. CDPHE will also use the P2 Link to implement the State P2 Regulatory Integration Initiative (SPRINT). The ultimate goals of SPRINT are to create a permanent infrastructure for P2 integration, develop a system for measuring the effectiveness of P2 programs, and to ensure P2 remains a central focus in CDPHE activities. To encourage local governments to integrate P2 in their environmental activities, CDPHE will provide P2 outreach and assist in securing funding for P2 projects. To expand the reach of P2 technical assistance in Colorado, CDPHE will train the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and state Small Business Development Centers to recognize P2 opportunities for business clients and will share information on P2 products and services available in the state. CDPHE will also hold a P2 workshop and provide onsite technical assistance for business participants of the Governor's P2 Challenge, a technical assistance and recognition program. In an effort to measure and compare the environmental impacts of P2 programs, CDPHE will create and pilot measurement and analysis tools. CDPHE will also help businesses to measure waste reduction and cost savings.
"DEVELOPING STATE P2 INFRASTRUCTURE"
WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $81,466 (PPG) LENGTH: 1 YR.
To develop the state's P2 infrastructure, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will establish a partnership with the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center to provide onsite P2 assessments for small businesses and create case studies of businesses that successfully implement recommended P2 practices. Through a radio and television media campaign, Wyoming DEQ will promote P2 and the department's P2 efforts and services to businesses, government agencies, and the public. Wyoming DEQ will also promote P2 as part of its promotion of hazardous waste collection events. The department will stress the need for P2 to avoid the generation of hazardous materials and the accompanying high cost of proper disposal. Wyoming DEQ will work with local governments, environmental groups, and communities to host hazardous waste collection events throughout the state. In a pilot project, Wyoming DEQ will work with the Society of Automotive Engineers to organize an intercollegiate competition to design snowmobiles that cause less pollution. The department will prepare a technical report and case studies to document emissions reductions from the use of blended gasoline and new mechanical design elements.
"PREVENTING POLLUTION AT THE 2002 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES"
UTAH DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $82,889 (PPG) LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will play a key role in assuring that the 2002 Olympic Winter Games integrate P2 into all of its procedures, including building construction, waste management, event planning, and traffic control. Utah DEQ will incorporate sustainable design elements for Olympic venues, develop a system for P2 and the reuse and recycling of waste materials, provide P2 technical assistance for community Olympic planning groups, and assure that environmental monitoring and protection measures are in place at Olympic events. In addition, to reduce impacts from traffic during the Olympics, Utah DEQ, through the Tele2000 Utah initiative, will promote telecommuting and working at central locations. To encourage businesses to implement these "teleworking" ideas, Utah DEQ will develop a business challenge program to recognize businesses that implement alternative commuting programs. In addition to Olympic preparations, DEQ will use Design for Environment principles to develop a process to improve animal feeding operations to address manure management problems. Utah DEQ will provide P2 technical assistance to agricultural businesses and help them evaluate the costs of different P2 strategies. This project will help protect the quality of scarce water resources and maintain a viable agricultural industry in Utah. Other projects include partnering with the Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership to provide P2 technical and financial assistance to small businesses, an annual P2 award for businesses, public outreach on proper disposal of used oil, and cooperating with Utah tribes to address environmental issues by using P2.
"P2 INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH DAKOTA"
NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
EPA FUNDING: $25,000 (PPG) LENGTH: 1 YR.
The North Dakota Department of Health (DOH) will develop a P2 plan for the state after conducting a needs assessment of state environmental and business assistance providers. The P2 plan also will build upon innovative practices at the state and local level. The needs assessment will help North Dakota DOH identify and train partners for a team that will provide P2 technical assistance to businesses and collect and provide P2 information electronically. North Dakota DOH also will provide P2 outreach to science teachers throughout the state on educational resources available from the Peaks to Prairie P2 Information Center.
"REPLACING MERCURY-CONTAINING EQUIPMENT AND REACHING OUT TO SMALL
BUSINESSES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, HIGHER EDUCATION, AND COMMUNITIES"
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SERVICE
EPA FUNDING: $98,741 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Montana P2 Program at the Montana State University Extension Service will take advantage of its numerous partnerships in the public and private sector to expand the reach of its activities. By working with the Montana Dental Association, the Montana P2 Program will survey all Montana dental offices on mercury management issues and will use the results to develop a booklet on state and federal P2 technical assistance resources for dental offices. To reduce mercury-containing equipment in homes, the Montana P2 Program will coordinate a statewide mercury thermostat education and waste minimization program. This program will include a brochure for consumers, P2 training for all weatherization contractors in the state, mercury-recovery kits and non-mercury programmable thermostats for use by the Montana Low-Income Weatherization Program, and recycling services for recovered mercury thermostats. To reach a greater number of small businesses in the state, the Montana P2 Program will partner with a variety of state trade associations to include industry-specific P2 articles in their journals and newsletters targeted to small businesses. In addition, the Montana P2 Program will develop new partnerships with nontraditional partners such as associations of retired engineers and similar groups and will train them to provide onsite P2 assessments to small businesses. To promote the use of environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP), the Montana P2 Program will develop a curriculum and manual to introduce the concept of EPP to local governments and will teach the curriculum at workshops held throughout the state. The Montana P2 Program will also work with its many college and university partners to create a strategy for promoting P2 in higher education, either through new curricula, research projects, or P2 resource development.
"P2 STRATEGIES FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES AND SMALL CITIES"
SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
EPA FUNDING: $82,466 LENGTH: 1 YR.
To provide rural communities and small cities with cost-effective P2 strategies, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will develop and field test a less-polluting water technology, coordinate a hazardous waste cleanup program, and create a model storm-water management plan and permit for small communities. To reduce arsenic in drinking water, South Dakota DENR will develop a technology for removing arsenic from drinking water that does not generate hazardous waste. To promote proper disposal of hazardous waste and persistent, bioaccumulative toxics, South Dakota DENR will coordinate a voluntary collection program for households and small businesses. South Dakota DENR will also develop a model storm-water management plan and permit for small communities affected by new federal storm water regulations concerning municipal separate storm sewer systems. The storm-water management plan will address P2 best management practices that will keep harmful pollutants from entering the sewers and subsequent discharge into local water bodies.
"ARIZONA POLLUTION PREVENTION LEADERSHIP ENHANCEMENT"
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $50,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Arizona Pollution Prevention Leadership Enhancement (APPLE) Program, developed through previous PPIS grants, will continue to promote pollution prevention through both regulatory and voluntary measures. APPLE will provide technical assistance, outreach, incentives, and performance measures to businesses and communities. APPLE will continue to support the Arizona Partnership for Pollution Prevention (P3), a coalition of more than 300 facilities, installations, municipalities, assistance providers, and trade associations, to extend outreach on P2 technology throughout the state and encourage networking both within and outside the regulatory framework. Expanding program initiatives, APPLE will promote Design for the Environment by conducting P2 workshops targeting the automotive and dry-cleaning industries, by researching and promoting environmentally benign adhesives, and by facilitating P2 within the Arizona National Parks system. APPLE will address persistent, bioaccumulative toxics (PBTs) by conducting 10 onsite visits to PBT-producing facilities, and by maintaining a P3 outreach team to the hospital and medical sector, electronics sector, mining industry, and metal-finishing industry. Continuing APPLE initiatives will include publishing a P2 newsletter, conducting a P2 workshop directed toward the military sector, maintaining a P2 speaker's bureau, providing P2 training, and supporting sustainable residential development. Finally, the program will cosponsor a workshop targeting construction and agriculture to address particulate pollution that causes asthma and respiratory illness in children.
"EXTENDING BIOLOGICALLY INTEGRATED FARMING SYSTEMS"
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
EPA FUNDING: $40,000 LENGTH: 3 YRS.
The Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) Program will continue to provide technical assistance to the agriculture industry to reduce reliance on chemical agricultural treatments and increase the utilization of non-chemical pest, nutrient, and soil management systems. The goal of each BIFS project is to provide technical support and farmer-to-farmer information sharing to transfer BIFS technology to enrolled farmers and the larger agricultural community. Objectives of the program include promoting biological pest control, regional vegetation management for pest reduction, soil-building and biological nitrogen fixation, reduced reliance on agricultural chemicals, and restoration ecology. Additional objectives are to establish an innovative technology transfer system through advisory teams composed of farmers, scientists, extension workers, and pest control advisors, and to monitor baseline data, crop yields and quality, and fertilizer and pesticide usage to measure effectiveness of the integrated farming system.
"WASTE REDUCTION IN CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS"
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES
EPA FUNDING: $100,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Environmental Management Branch (EMB) of the California Department of Health Services will continue to partner with the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and the California Healthcare Association (CHA) to reduce the medical and solid waste generated by hospitals and to eliminate mercury from hospital facilities. Six Bay Area hospitals participated in the P2 program in 1999, and two to four are anticipated to join this year. As the lead agency in the program, EMB has developed education materials, coordinated training, and performed hospital waste audits. The agency will continue ongoing outreach and will develop a program evaluation tool to determine program effectiveness. CIWMB has developed a solid waste reduction training guide, and will perform solid waste assessments at enrolling hospitals. CHA will maintain its role as a vital intermediary between EMB and health care facility management. Initiatives will include developing a mentor program for newly enrolled hospitals, constructing a pilot mercury-free hospital at the University of California, and establishing an awards program to recognize facilities achieving significant waste reduction.
"GROWER SELF-ASSESSMENT PROGRAM"
LODI-WOODBRIDGE WINEGRAPE COMMISSION
EPA FUNDING: $71,000 LENGTH: 29 MONTHS
As a component of its Integrated Farming Program for winegrapes that includes soil-building, reduced pesticide application through integrated pest management, and reduced dust levels through cover crops, the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission of California developed a workbook in 1999 titled A Self-Assessment of Integrated Farming Practices. Through this project, the Commission will widely distribute and encourage implementation of this workbook, which aids growers in identifying environmental concerns in their vineyards and developing and implementing action plans to address these concerns. The commission will conduct workshop sessions to assist growers in filling out the workbook, provide technical assistance for action plans, and conduct onsite visits to promote plan implementation. Additional long-term goals include documenting the level of integrated farming implementation among growers and presenting the workbook program as a P2 model to other wine-grape growing regions, other commodity groups, and state P2 programs.
"BIOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS IN COTTON"
REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
EPA FUNDING: $91,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
Under this grant, the University of California will continue partnering with the Sustainable Cotton Project to institute the Biological Agriculture Systems in Cotton (BASIC) program, which encourages environmentally benign cotton-farming practices, researches alternatives to conventional production methods, and works to increase the market for organic and transitional cotton. Objectives of the grant include reducing the use of pesticides on BASIC grower fields by providing data on integrated pest management, determining the effectiveness of BASIC P2 strategies through field monitoring, grower records, and grower interviews, and testing innovative production strategies that will potentially enable further reduction of insecticides, herbicides, and water-soluble fertilizers. An additional goal of the program is to expand implementation of integrated farming practices by making BASIC results data available to farmers and assistance providers, by producing annual reports that summarize crop quality, yields, costs, and environmental benefits, and by disseminating project results through grower meetings.
"WESTERN REGIONAL P2 CONFERENCE AND CLEANING ALTERNATIVES FOR
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL
EPA FUNDING: $59,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will implement two pollution prevention projects. In collaboration with U.S. EPA Region 9's Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network (WRPPN), it will coordinate the annual Western Regional P2 Conference to facilitate networking and the exchange of P2 information among California's local government P2 committees and WRPPN members. In addition, DTSC's Office of Pollution Prevention and Technology Development will partner with the Pollution Prevention Center of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance, a non-profit organization, to provide outreach to lithographic printing companies in Southern California to identify, test, and implement alternative cleaning solvents. The partnership will work with a minimum of 10 lithographic printing companies to test and demonstrate low-toxicity cleaners, address the compatibility of cleaners with blankets and rollers, examine the cross-media implications for these alternatives, analyze discharges of cleaning solutions, and disseminate results through a brochure, case studies, and a P2 conference.
"SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER P2 PROGRAM"
NEVADA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO
EPA FUNDING: $100,000 LENGTH: 23 MONTHS
The Nevada Small Business Development Center will expand technical assistance services provided through the Business Environmental Program (BEP) of its Pollution Prevention Assistance Program. BEP, through partnerships with numerous state agencies, trade associations, and assistance centers, provides technical information, develops materials, offers multi media workshops, and provides onsite assistance to facilitate businesses' voluntary implementation of pollution prevention activities. Ongoing BEP activities will include communicating regularly with the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection to identify regulatory integration opportunities; maintain services such as telephone assistance, onsite assistance, and training seminars; and promote EPA's Design for the Environment and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) programs. BEP will develop P2 training programs in the areas of Automotive Repair P2, Garment Cleaning P2, and EMS, and will provide outreach to the gaming and mining industries.
"NEVADA STAR PROGRAM"
WESTERN NEVADA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EPA FUNDING: $13, 500 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The goal of the Western Nevada Community College (WNCC) is to reduce the quantity of pollution emitted in spray-paint application in Nevada by implementing the Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR) process developed by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center. The focus will be on the auto collision and refinishing industry, but the program will also expand outreach to additional industries and businesses involved in spray-paint application. Specific goals of the program are to train a WNCC representative in the STAR process, to develop a STAR training program for businesses, to provide a minimum of six STAR training workshops at WNCC and four at off-campus locations, and to incorporate STAR into the WNCC Auto Body curriculum.
"ACHIEVING P2 THROUGH REGULATORY AND NON-REGULATORY INCENTIVES"
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
EPA FUNDING: $103,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will continue providing incentives, developing and distributing training materials, and forging partnerships with community and business groups to expand on the P2 framework begun in 1999. The grantee will support local P2 efforts by citizens, businesses, and communities by responding to technical assistance requests for multi media pollution prevention information, and implementing an outreach program centered on Pollution Prevention Week in fall 2000. DEC will also maintain a pollution prevention technical assistance information center Web site, coordinate the Alaska Materials Exchange Program, and participate as an active member of the Pacific Northwest P2 Roundtable and the National P2 Roundtable. DEC will develop a new pollution prevention initiative specific to the foreign cruiseships that operate in Alaska's waters, coordinating information gathering and program development meetings with interested parties. Additional ongoing goals are to continue coordinating with small-business development centers (SBDCs) to build P2 into SBDC activities; to continue to implement the Alaska Environmental Leadership Program, which provides regulatory incentives to businesses that voluntarily implement activities that go beyond compliance; to ensure linkages between state regulatory programs and pollution prevention; and to incorporate prevention-based environmental protection approaches into the native community environmental assistance program.
"IDAHO PPIS WORKPLAN"
IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $100,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has developed and updated a Pollution Prevention Strategy with three goals. First, DEQ will promote the incorporation of prevention-based concepts into existing programs and operations. To do so, DEQ will meet annually with each bureau to provide P2 training, meet twice per year with each regional office, and develop an electronic records / forms strategy. Second, DEQ will provide education and technical assistance to external audiences. For example, DEQ will operate the Idaho Pollution Prevention Resource Center, participate in Small Business Information Fairs, coordinate interagency information sharing, hold an industry-specific roundtable with the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, and promote the GEMStars program statewide. Third, DEQ will develop educational materials for Idaho teachers. DEQ will distribute P2 materials to teachers and develop a program that encourages teachers to minimize chemical use when performing experiments. DEQ will continue to network with pollution prevention professionals regionally and nationally to exchange information, develop projects, and facilitate cooperative efforts.
"2000 POLLUTION PREVENTION INCENTIVES TO STATES"
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $100,000 LENGTH: 3 YRS.
The P2 activities of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will consist of the following three separate projects:
- Pringle Creek Watershed Enhancement Urban Restoration. This community-based environmental project will use DEQ resources to enhance current local efforts to improve and maintain salmon habitat in the watershed. Project activities will include providing technical assistance on toxics reduction to businesses and households, developing a baseline of water conditions, and targeting priority problems.
- Spill Prevention Best Management Practices and Outreach. This project will develop state legislation to require non-marine facilities storing or handling hazardous materials, hazardous products, and oil to self-evaluate their facility against common-sense spill prevention measures. The project will fund the development of the spill program and program materials, pending passage of the legislation, including a document describing spill prevention measures.
- Lane County P2 Outreach to Homeowners and Builders. Through this project, DEQ will educate businesses and households about reducing the release of toxic chemicals into the watershed by reducing chemical use and properly disposing of waste. The P2 Coalition will display its "Pollution Free" replica home, attend two home shows, and attend the Building Industry Association's annual trade conference to educate this audience about pollution prevention.
"THE MERCURY POLLUTION PREVENTION PROJECT"
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $50,000 LENGTH: 3 YRS.
PPIS funding will support the Mercury Pollution Prevention Project currently implemented by the Oregon Environmental Council under contract to the grantee. This three-phase initiative is an attempt to achieve zero discharge of persistent bioaccumulative toxics (PBTs) in the Willamette watershed, home to 70 percent of Oregon's population. Phase One of this project, consisting of research and evaluation of the watershed, is complete. Phase Two and Three activities include developing creative, market-based strategies to promote source reduction and pollution prevention; implementing public education and voluntary programs; and working to change business practices, agency policies, and regulations when necessary to achieve mercury reduction goals.
"OUTDOOR BURNING ALTERNATIVES AND MODEL NPDES PERMIT"
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY
EPA FUNDING: $100,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Washington Department of Ecology will use the PPIS grant to develop two statewide pollution prevention initiatives.
- Outdoor Burning Alternatives. By encouraging environmentally sound alternatives, this project aims to prevent air pollution that results when landowners burn organic material. The department will conduct research into alternatives; prepare educational materials such as brochures, news releases, or display ads; recruit and select organizations for local partnerships in education and promotion; and assist these organizations in the widespread distribution of information about publically available alternatives to burning.
- Model for P2 Planning as Part of NPDES Permits. Incorporating pollution prevention into the NPDES permitting process is the goal of this second project. The project aims to establish legal authority and provide guidance for incorporating P2 planning into the oil-refinery permitting process. The permits issued by the department will contain a P2 requirement, transferring a formerly voluntary approach into the regulatory arena.
"DAIRY MANOMETER TURN-IN PROGRAM"
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY
EPA FUNDING: $27,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The goal of this project is to eliminate one source of elemental mercury, a persistant, bioaccumulative, toxic pollutant. The Department of Ecology Turn-In Program will be a statewide effort to finance the replacement of mercury vacuum gauges on dairy milking equipment with mercury-free gauges and to dispose of the elemental mercury. The grantee will coordinate the efforts of several organizations to establish a voucher system to account for replaced / removed manometers and to conduct public outreach to promote the program via exhibits, brochures, newsletters, and other promotional material.