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The 33/50 Program targeted 17 priority chemicals (Box 1) and set as its goal a 33% reduction in releases and transfers of these chemicals by 1992 and a 50% reduction by 1995, measured against a 1988 baseline. The first of EPA's growing series of voluntary programs, its primary purpose was to demonstrate whether voluntary partnerships could augment the Agency's traditional command-and-control approach by bringing about targeted reductions more quickly than would regulations alone.
The program also sought to foster a pollution prevention ethic, encouraging companies to consider and apply pollution prevention approaches to reducing their environmental releases rather than traditional end-of-the-pipe methods for treating and disposing of chemicals in waste.
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Program Goals Met and Exceeded
33/50 Program Releases and Transfers: Overview
Releases and Transfers by Chemical
Releases and Transfers by Type
Releases and Transfers by State
33/50 Program Chemicals in Waste
Production-related Waste by Chemical
Production-related Waste by Management Method
Source Reduction Activity
33/50 Program: The Final Record - Cover Page
Introduction and Key Findings (top of this page)
33fin01.htm, EPA 745-4-99-004, March 1999