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Summary of Comments Received from the Federal Register Notice of Voluntary Standards for EPP - Purchasers

Key Policy, Guidance Documents

EPA's Final Guidance on EPP

Executive Orders

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Green Purchasing Guides

Information on Standards for Green Products, Services

[EPA Questions answered: 1]

1.

Name

Department of the Navy

Address

Washington, DC

Contact Info

Gregory Schirf
(703) 604-5424

Nature of Organization

Government agency that procures large quantifies of supplies, equipment, and services.

Recommendations:

EPA should first establish minimum criteria for voluntary consensus standards for EPP and organizations that test EPP.

Voluntary standards adopted by EPA should meet the following criteria:

  • public forum that allows all stakeholders to participate
  • provide a single list of preferable attributes
  • compare products within the context of their intended use and current
    practices
  • consider incremental cost increases relative to environmental benefits
  • resolve competing environmental concerns and values quantitatively
  • require independent verification of claims
  • independence from existing regulatory concerns
  • not pose undue burden on business
  • available at reasonable or no cost
  • consider occupational safety and health

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