2001 PPIS GrantsRegion 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)
EPA Funding: $80,000
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposes to continue and expand an ongoing partnership with the Connecticut State Technical Extension Program (CONN/STEP) to conduct P2 site visits and provide assistance to manufacturers in becoming ISO 14000 certified. The DEP will partner with the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to provide environmental information to its inspectors so that they can assist the DEP in following up on P2 and compliance assistance opportunities with the facilities they inspect each year. The DEP will survey viewers of the display and brochure entitled: "A Green Home is a Healthy Home" and develop a workbook on sustainable living and pilot it with one community group. The DEP will partner with homebuilders, contractors, developers and architects to provide information and education on sustainable design and green building materials to public officials and the private sector.
Contact: Kim Trella, (860) 424-3234, email@example.comMassachusetts
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
EPA Funding: $40,000
The UML EMS Service Program seeks to advance pollution prevention education and awareness through outreach strategies and survey research to explore the best methods to promote and market the UML EMS Service Program. Based upon the operational experience of establishing the UML EMS Service Program under funding from the PPIS in 2001 and recruiting public agency participants into the program, the PPIS 2002 proposal focuses on five areas of expanding the program and solidifying our position in advancing environmental management systems in the public sector:
- Participant Recruitment: Fund an outreach program to Municipal Associations, Professional Organizations and Labor and Service Unions in the New England Region.
- Trainer Recruitment: Identify and expand relationship with existing federal, state and local environmental agencies in the New England region. The purpose of this will be to identify and recruit trainers to provide outreach and recruitment and encourage state agencies to initiate pilot programs within their agencies.
- Technical Assistance Material Development and Web Access: In this we would expand to include a clearinghouse on public agency metrics and accounting to assist in making the business case for public agencies. A UML EMS Service Program Lesson's Learned Manual would also be produced to accompany a trainer/champion working to implement an EMS within their agency.
- The "Community EMS" The ultimate goal of the UML EMS Service Program is the creation of a community wherein most of the major private and public institutions implement an EMS. We are targeting the City of Lowell as a pilot for such a program
- Research Survey: Fund a more formal research analysis study of the drivers to assist in the outreach efforts and revisit Public Agencies that have reached certification namely San Diego, CA; Charleston, NC; Lowell, MA and other "fast track" public agencies.
Contact: Matthew Donahue, (978) 934-4741, Matthew_Donahue@uml.eduMaine
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
EPA Funding: $67,673
The focus of DEP's project is to work on specific core functions that are required under Maine statute for the next year. Maine Title 38 §342(4)(B)(1-9) specifically details the core functions of DEP's Office of Innovation & Assistance (OI&A - statutorily referred to as the Office of Pollution Prevention). DEP concluded that although most core functions are currently being addressed, not all are addressed adequately. Thus, OI&A is committed to vigorously improving four specific core functions out of the nine required by state statute.
Task 1: Establish pollution prevention priorities within the department. Meet with Senior Management Team (SMT) twice to review commitment and direction of P2 priorities; use root cause analysis tools at least once to determine barriers and document alternative solutions.
Task 2: Ensure that rules, programs and activities of the department are consistent with pollution prevention goals and do not hinder pollution prevention initiatives. Provide critique of 3 rules or programs, of SMT's choice, in order to assure that P2 goals are not hindered by rules
Task 3: Identify opportunities to use the state procurement system to encourage pollution prevention. Meet with the Division of Purchases to study, review and comment on its conformance to the Governor's Executive Order on Pollution Prevention and encourage environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) especially with regard to reducing or eliminating the acquisition of office products containing mercury.
Task 4: To develop procedures to determine the effectiveness of the department's pollution prevention programs and activities. This project entails implementing the P2 Metrics developed by the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) through the P2 Roundtable.
Contact: Christopher Rushton, (207) 287-7100, Christopher.A.Rushton@state.me.us
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) will use the PPIS 2001 grant funding to expand ongoing efforts to promote mercury use reduction at health care facilities. Furthermore, DES will promote reduction of dioxin emissions through education and the promotion of alternative technologies and source reduction technologies. The primary focus of this year's hospital project will include site assistance at selected facilities, creation of outreach and education materials, and coordination of a workshop.
DES will continue to work with NH dentists surrounding dental amalgam use. DES and NH Dental Society will respond to the needs identified in the 2001 dental survey regarding generation, handling and recycling or disposal of waste amalgam and x-ray wastes, and the use of alternative composite filling materials. DES will also promote the proposed hazardous waste rule change, which adds an exemption for mercury-containing dental amalgam generated by small quantity generators, provided it is recycled.
As part of this grant cycle, DES will continue working with the NH Marine Trade Association to provide technical assistance and perform site visits to selected marinas in the state. In addition, DES will be conducting outreach to municipalities that are located on NH waters. Some municipalities recommend the "Best Management Practices (BMP) for NH Marinas (1995)," to marinas in their area. DES wants to increase awareness and use of the revised 2001 BMP manual (2000 PPIS).
DES will begin working with NH high schools by providing outreach to high school administrators, performing site visits, and assisting high schools in identifying ways to safely remove materials, leveraging disposal options, and educating on prevention techniques. DES will also use two pilot high schools to determine how hazardous waste is being managed and disposed (or neglected) at NH high schools, and how to expand the program statewide.
Contact: Sara Johnson, (603) 271-6460, firstname.lastname@example.org
EPA funding: $50,000
The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC), the State of Rhode Island's largest regional wastewater treatment municipality servicing approximately 1/3 of the states population and more than 70% of the states' industry will use PPIS 2001 grant funds to assist local metal finishing companies implement pollution prevention activities outlined in EPA's Metal Products and Machinery (MP&M) Rule.
NBC's Pollution Prevention staff in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Council of Electroplates will conduct Pollution Prevention Audits of metal finishing companies located within NBC's servicing district in order to determine their compliance status with MP&M Pollution Prevention Criteria. Each company audited will receive either an "NBC Certification of Compliance with the MP&M Pollution Prevention Standard" or a detailed report on activities they must implement in order to meet the MP&M criteria. Follow-up audits will be conducted in order to assist companies with the implementation of suggested pollution prevention activities.
Metal finishing companies that can demonstrate compliance with MP&M Pollution Prevention Criteria stand to gain great benefits - less stringent wastewater effluent standards, improved environmental compliance, cost savings associate material purchases energy and waste disposal, and the professional standing that accompanies overall improved environmental performance. An enthusiastic response from the metal finishing community is anticipated and NBC plans to conduct at least 20 individual Pollution Prevention Audits as part of this two year project.
Activities associated with this project will expand upon and complement existing technical outreach programs such as NBC's Metal Finishing 2000 Program, Environmental Management System Development Workshops and NBC's Project XL.
Contact: James C. McCaughey, P.E., (401) 222-6680 x 352, email@example.com
University of Rhode Island - Chemical Engineering
EPA Funding: $75,000
The University of Rhode Island (URI) Center for Pollution Prevention will partner with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) in a proposed project to continue in the development of a certification program for the RI autobody (auto refinishing) industry. The relevant EPA New England program area is the New England Environmental Assistance Team (NEEAT) initiative to assist high priority business sectors such as the autobody industry comply with environmental and safety regulations, implement sound pollution prevention methodologies and improve overall environmental performance. RI personnel will seek to assist the auto refinishing businesses understand and comply with environmental and health/safety regulations. The types of activities to be carried out include database development, a workshop, dissemination of a guidebook, on site P2 assessments and data analysis. Other state partners include the Davies Career and Technical High School, the RI Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) and the RI Department of Health (DOH).
The reasons for developing the certification program include concerns over noncompliance in the auto refinishing industry. Regulatory agencies are interested in ensuring full compliance; in addition, a significant number of industry representatives who have invested time, funding and effort to meet all environment/safety regulations wish to see all shops in full compliance so that a "level playing field" is established. Motivation for all companies to participate in the certification program include 1) avoiding potential regulatory penalties for non-participation (measure presently being considered
by DEM), 2) being able to renew their business license every 2-3 years (RI Department of Business Regulation may require shops to participate in the certification program), and 3) saving money through pollution prevention techniques discovered as a result of the assessments.
Contact: Gene Park, (401) 874-4303, firstname.lastname@example.org
EPA Funding: $75,000
The Vermont DEC PPIS grant funding will support the following initiatives: (1) Community-based biosolids toxics use reduction project; (2) Vermont Small Business Development Center partnership support; (3) Small business pollution prevention incentive grants program; and (4) Mercury education and reduction initiatives with dental offices.
The community-based biosolids toxics use reduction project will involve assistance to two Vermont communities to reduce toxics in municipal biosolids through pollution prevention assistance, outreach and education to businesses, institutions and the general public. Each community will develop its own approaches and strategies, with assistance provided by the Vermont DEC. It is hoped that these projects will serve as model toxics use reduction programs of community involvement that can be shared with other communities in the state to protect their natural resources.
The PPIS grant also provides support to the Vermont Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for collaborative projects that provide pollution prevention assistance to small businesses. Activities include administration of the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership Program that provides assistance to businesses in achieving pollution prevention and compliance standards (both core and elective standards) in order to achieve recognition as Environmental Partners or Leaders. The SBDC will also provide pollution prevention opportunity assessments through the Community-based Biosolids Toxics Use Reduction Project. SBDC will also assist in conducting regional workshops and pollution prevention technical assistance to the metal fabrication sector in the coming year.
A pollution prevention grants program will support pollution prevention projects at two to three small businesses. Criteria considered in awarding grants include degree of innovation and applicability and transferability to other small businesses. The VT DEC will also be conducting mercury education and reduction initiatives with dental offices, in collaboration with the Vermont State Dental Society, including a survey of Vermont dentists on mercury amalgam use and employment of best management practices, and development of regulatory guidance and procedures to prevent and control mercury releases.
Contact: Gary Gulka, 802-241-3723, GARYG@dec.anr.state.vt.us
EPA FUNDING: $150,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
Rutgers will partner with the University of the Virgin Islands, Fresh-Culture Systems, Inc. and Enertec, LLC to grow tomatoes and raise fresh-water fish in a closed-loop system powered by methane. First, Rutgers will set up a system of inter-connected tanks. The partners will convert methane gas from a nearby landfill into energy using a microturbine. The energy will power a desalinization unit - to make fresh water for the fish - and pumps to control water flow through the tanks. The fish will live in some of the tanks and the tomato plants will be placed over others. Fish wastewater will replace soil and fertilizer as a source of nourishment for the tomato plants. The roots of the tomato plants will dangle into the tanks. As the tomato plants extract nutrients, they will also clean the water for reuse by the fish. The closed-loop system finds new uses for landfill methane, conserves local freshwater supplies, and demonstrates how to grow food with a low impact on the environment. If the system is successful, the partners will market it in the Eastern U.S. and Caribbean basin.
EPA FUNDING: $149,966 LENGTH: 3 YRS.
Rutger's University's Occupational Training and Education Consortium (OTEC) will strengthen facility pollution prevention by developing a model training program designed to promote source reduction as a means of addressing both environmental and occupational exposures. OTEC will work with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Technical Assistance Program to identify an industrial facility to serve as the model. The facility will form a Curriculum Advisory Committee composed of professional staff and hourly workers to help OTEC develop a site-specific P2 curriculum. In a train-the-trainer approach, OTEC will use the curriculum to train the facility's occupational and environmental health professionals and joint health and safety committee members. These individuals will then train the hourly workers. OTEC will also assist the facility in developing other organizational strategies that support ongoing communication among facility personnel about source reduction projects. OTEC will use the site-specific curriculum developed for this project to produce a generic P2 curriculum that will be incorporated into ongoing training programs for New Jersey workers and employers and shared with state and national stakeholders through publications and conference presentations.
EPA FUNDING: $60,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will increase pollution prevention and technical assistance outreach to marinas and ski areas. DEC will work with the Empire State Marine Trades Association (ESMTA) to expand the P2 Outreach to Marinas Program to include yacht clubs and family or community docking areas. DEC will distribute P2 materials, including case studies, videos, and tip sheets for boat owners, to the marina industry. DEC will also hold five P2 workshops for facilities on Lake George, Finger Lakes, the Saint Lawrence River, Lake Erie, and Long Island; participants will learn P2 benefits and methods. The workshops will focus on reducing persistent bioaccumulative toxics and will touch on detergent, solid waste, and sewage discharge and biopollution (introduction of exotic species). DEC also will work with the Ski Areas of New York (SANY) to conduct a P2 outreach program for ski areas. Environmental issues associated with the design, construction, operation, and management of ski areas include water and energy conservation, water quality protection, wastewater management, waste reduction, habitat protection, forest and vegetative management, air quality protection, and visual impacts. DEC and SANY will develop a Pollution Prevention Guide for ski areas, P2 exhibits for two ski shows, an article on ski area pollution prevention in the New York State Conservationist, and P2 tip sheets for skiers."PBT-FREE PURCHASING ASSISTANCE IN NEW JERSEY"
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
EPA FUNDING: $70,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) will partner with INFORM to develop a model technical assistance program in New Jersey that helps government agencies and businesses eliminate or reduce their purchase of products containing persistent bioaccumulative toxic chemicals (PBTs). The program team will work with state environmental service providers to identify government agencies, medical care facilities, educational institutions, manufacturers, small businesses, and utilities that are interested in participating in the program. INFORM will develop a database of PBT-containing products used by participating organizations, as well as PBT-free alternatives. NJDEP and INFORM will provide workshops and technical assistance to help partners identify PBT-free alternatives and write specifications for PBT-free goods and services that meet their needs. Rewriting contract specifications to require the purchase of environmentally preferable products provides market incentives for industry to develop and produce environmentally friendly products. INFORM will compile case studies of participating businesses and government partners that have tested PBT-free products, documenting both successes and obstacles. INFORM will incorporate these case studies, along with background information on the environmental issues for each product category, a list of PBT-free products and local vendors, bid specifications, and contract language into a series of at least six PBT-Free Purchasing Fact Sheets. The program team will publicize the model P2 assistance program by sharing resources and results with EPA's Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange Center.
EPA FUNDING: $48,477 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC's) Pollution Prevention Unit and Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials will reduce mercury manometer use among plumbers. DEC will research New York state local municipality codes to determine if they require mercury manometers to test gas lines. DEC will work with municipalities and the New York State Department of State to draft a model municipality code eliminating the need to use mercury-containing manometers. DEC will also meet with municipalities to encourage the collection of mercury-containing manometers at their household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs. Education and outreach to plumbers will reinforce code alterations and mercury manometer collection programs. Local plumbers and trade organizations will receive educational materials listing alternatives to mercury-containing manometers and the health and environmental effects of mercury. DEC will track the number of municipalities that revise their local codes, the number of municipalities that incorporate mercury manometer collection into their HHW programs, and the number of mercury plumbing manometers collected.
EPA FUNDING: $80,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
Under this grant award, the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) will continue to offer technical assistance to regulated businesses and initiate new projects to foster greater adoption of P2 measures. DEP is working to make inspections and enforcement actions consistent across the agency and to integrate P2 into these efforts. To this end, DEP's P2 Services group will conduct cross-media training sessions for inspectors and enforcement staff. P2 Services will also train staff of the West Virginia Division of Forestry to increase incorporation of P2 into routine activities within the Division. Other responsibilities of P2 Services will include outreach, maintaining involvement in relevant working groups, expanding the P2 resource database, working with colleges and universities to incorporate P2 into higher education curricula, and conducting assessments and workshops for businesses reporting releases of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals through Toxic Release Inventory reporting.
EPA FUNDING: $80,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will focus on establishing a statewide P2 infrastructure involving all levels of government and will continue to provide cross-media pollution prevention outreach to a variety of organizations, including those in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, health care, and lodging industries. To achieve its infrastructure development goals, DEQ plans to promote P2 to state and local government agencies, hold a conference on integrating P2 into the process for developing water-quality standards, and produce the Pollution Prevention Virginia newsletter. DEQ will expand its support of Businesses for the Bay (B4Bay), a voluntary P2 program for businesses in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. DEQ will promote site visits to member facilities and develop a Web site to increase information sharing among members. DEQ will also continue to participate in the B4Bay guiding body and encourage the expansion and engagement of its membership. DEQ will initiate the Virginia Pollution Prevention Healthcare Challenge to help hospitals reduce mercury use and waste generation. The Pollution Prevention Healthcare Challenge will include an opportunity for residents to exchange mercury thermometers for digital ones. It will also include pilot P2 opportunity assessments and sharing success stories with other facilities and the Waste Reduction Resource Center. DEQ will expand its EnvironmentaLodging Initiative by developing an industry-specific checklist of P2 activities, publicizing success stories, partnering with the Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association, hosting workshops, providing follow-up surveys to workshop participants, and conducting pilot P2 opportunity assessments.
EPA FUNDING $30,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will integrate P2 into regulatory programs and initiate several supplemental P2 projects. DEQ will hire a contractor to train department staff on environmental management systems, P2 techniques relevant to Virginia industry, and integrating P2 and environmental management systems into regulatory programs. After the training, DEQ will incorporate multimedia P2 into hazardous waste inspections, air permitting, water permitting, enforcement, brownfield remediation projects, and a construction grant initiative. A P2 employee award program will reinforce the integration effort. DEQ will also initiate several supplemental P2 projects and will educate printing facilities about new technology that reduces volatile organic compound emissions from solvents. It will also encourage Virginians to use fuel with a high octane rating to reduce nitrous oxide emissions. Finally, DEQ will promote the use of confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) waste in highway revegetation projects.
EPA FUNDING: $80,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will partner with the Maryland Center for Environmental Training (MCET) to assist up to 20 manufacturing organizations implement an environmental management system (EMS). An EMS enables an organization to identify and manage its environmental impacts on an ongoing basis. The EMS program will be based on the international ISO 14001 standard and EPA's National Environmental Achievement Track. Program participants will attend four two-day workshops and at least three individual technical assistance meetings with MCET EMS specialists. At the conclusion of the program, independent evaluators will assess each organization's conformance to the international and EPA EMS standards. MDE will publicize program results to increase EMS awareness and use.
EPA FUNDING: $80,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) plans to reinvigorate its P2 program by creating a staff position for a P2 environmental scientist. The scientist will develop and oversee all of the Department's P2 plans for the year, including a P2 Strategy Committee. DNREC will increase P2 technical assistance to include on-site assessments for interested businesses and will continue to provide technical assistance case studies, brochures, and self-audit guides. DNREC plans to keep P2 technical assistance accessible to the regulated community through membership in the Delaware Small Business Resource Partnership and other business associations. DNREC will expand P2 outreach to the level of individual citizens. Efforts will include production of two brochures. The first brochure is for homeowners - highlighting steps that they can take to reduce the quantity of pollutants that reach water bodies. The second is for automobile owners - outlining what they can do to reduce their impact on the environment. DNREC will also work with the Delaware Public Service Commission and the State Energy Office to encourage energy conservation, use of alternative fuels and renewable energy sources, and demand management techniques.
EPA FUNDING: $40,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Washington DC Environmental Health Administration (EHA) will work to integrate P2 into DC government by examining hazardous waste management, energy conservation, transportation choices, and environmentally preferable purchasing. The initial focus of "Greening the DC Government" will be on the development of a city recycling program because DC estimates that it recycles only 5 to 10 percent of what it could. First, EHA will establish baseline data on current P2 and recycling approaches and analyze DC trash hauling and recycling contracts. EHA will use the Waste Reduction Resource Center (WRRC) to research the recycling programs of other cities and to develop and produce appropriate training and education materials. EHA will implement a pilot recycling program involving five district-owned buildings and one leased building. After assessing the pilot program, recycling will expand gradually to all buildings. When the recycling program is in place, EHA will shift their focus to P2. EHA plans to reduce the DC government's generation of solid and hazardous waste by adopting measures such as two-sided copying. EHA also plans to practice environmentally preferable purchasing, reduce energy use, and educate DC employees on P2.
EPA FUNDING: $80,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will use this grant to fund two P2 projects: the Pennsylvania Environmental Assistance Network (PEAN) and a project to benchmark Pennsylvania's efforts to integrate P2 into core regulatory programs. PEAN is a network of private and public sector partners, including technical assistance providers and small-business assistance organizations, working together to provide easily accessible, confidential, hassle-free pollution prevention and energy-efficiency advice and services. DEP and the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PENNTAP) at Penn State University will use this grant to advance PEAN by working on the following program areas: network membership, marketing, Web site, newsletter, information dissemination, training, reporting, performance analysis, steering committee, and annual conference. For the benchmarking project, a consultant will compare Pennsylvania DEP efforts to those in other states in the areas of P2 regulatory integration, performance-based environmental management, and incentive-driven regulatory approaches. Pennsylvania DEP will use this analysis to identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of its efforts in these areas, with the ultimate goal of undertaking new programs and policies. The consultant will collect and review the following: literature, targeted other states' P2 integration efforts, written materials about P2 integration efforts in the Pennsylvania DEP, and a targeted survey of DEP program managers. The consultant will share the findings through DEP briefings and a final report.
EPA FUNDING: $115,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will use this grant award to support core P2 activities, including outreach, education, partnerships, technical assistance, regulatory integration, and award programs. In addition, ADEM will partner with the Waste Reduction and Technology Transfer Foundation (WRATT) to conduct two supplemental projects. ADEM will use Earth's 911 Information System to expand public outreach and education efforts. It will focus on improving Alabama's portion of Earth's 911 Web site, where consumers can access community-specific environmental information by entering in their ZIP code. ADEM will continue to partner with the Department of Defense (DOD), the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), and the Alabama Collaborative for Environmental Education to provide technical assistance and encourage P2 integration into government programs and school curricula. The ADEM P2 Unit will further regulatory integration by supporting the ADEM Strategic Plan and media offices. ADEM will work to measure and promote P2 accomplishments within the state by coordinating the review of applications for the National Environmental Performance Track and implementing a P2 awards program. Finally, ADEM's two supplemental projects will consist of working with WRATT on reducing mercury entering the Mobile Bay Estuary, and incorporating P2 practices in the auto repair industry, with special emphasis on autobody paints.
EPA FUNDING: $140,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) plans to expand nonprofit, industry, and government partnerships statewide to accomplish P2 goals. Accomplishments will be quantified by metrics based on the Global Reporting Initiative. FDEP will work with the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) to educate facility personnel in private and public commercial buildings about environmentally responsible operation and maintenance practices. FDEP will also partner with Florida's Environmental Management Systems Institute to provide workshops, site visits, ISO 14001 audits, and other technical assistance to businesses interested in implementing an environmental management system. FDEP will participate in the Florida Pollution Prevention Roundtable to promote environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) as the state theme of National Pollution Prevention Week. FDEP's P2 Program will work with the Division of Water Resources to develop true, closed-loop water recycling systems for car washes, truck stops, and marinas. P2 Program staff will work with other FDEP staff and EPA to integrate P2 into regulatory and compliance assistance programs. Finally, FDEP will undertake a supplemental project to encourage green purchasing, energy conservation, recycling, and mercury reduction at Florida hospitals through workshops, site visits, and an information packet.
EPA FUNDING: $120,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' (DNR's) Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P2AD) plans to implement two P2 projects:
- Metal Finishing - P2AD will work with Georgia Tech, the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society (AESF), and state pretreatment coordinators to conduct P2 demonstration projects with respected metal finishing industry leaders. Georgia has more than 140 manufacturers using "wet" methods for metal surface cleaning, treatment, and plating. P2AD and its partners are distributing a metal finishing questionnaire to these manufacturers to identify P2 practices with the most promise. Between two and four industry leaders will be selected to run demonstration projects of the preferred processes selected. The industry leaders will receive the technical principles necessary to implement, operate, and maintain a particular P2 practice, and P2AD will fund a portion of the project. Under a "Train the Trainer" strategy, participating industry leaders will mentor other metal finishers through guided on-site demonstration tours and focused workshops. Information sharing will also include the distribution of demonstration project reports to interested companies.
- Water Conservation - DNR is forming a water conservation office to develop a statewide strategy for water conservation. The water conservation office will work with P2AD and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to market water efficiency services, coordinate technical assistance on water efficiency to organizations, develop a water efficiency education program, and hold workshops to assist water utilities develop water conservation plans.
EPA FUNDING: $25,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) will work with six publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) to identify opportunities for pollution prevention and energy efficiency. KPPC will conduct pollution prevention/energy efficiency (P2/E2) assessments at each facility. Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the University of Louisville will help with the technical aspects of data collection. KPPC will use the assessments to develop reports outlining P2/E2 strategies for each POTW. KPPC will also work with the six POTWs to identify the significant industrial users (SIUs) at each treatment facility. KPPC will develop P2/E2 guidelines that each POTW can distribute to these SIUs to promote water conservation and reduction of discharges. Finally, KPPC will write a general P2/E2 manual to assist POTWs across the state. The manual will include P2/E2 options, Internet resources, case studies, and other information.
EPA FUNDING: $60,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will increase P2 technical assistance to small businesses and maintain technical assistance to other organizations. MDEQ plans to merge its P2 Program with its Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP). SBAP will now provide multimedia P2 workshops, seminars, conferences, newsletters, waste assessments, grant funding, and technical assistance to small businesses. SBAP will also benefit from a partnership with the Mississippi Technical Assistance Program for Industry (MISSTAP), located at Mississippi State University. MDEQ will use part of this grant award to continue to fund MISSTAP, which provides P2 technical assistance and technology transfer to industries, businesses, municipalities, counties, state offices, and the general public. MISSTAP draws on expertise from specialists in acadamia, government, and industry. MISSTAP will continue to identify P2 opportunities for persistent, bioaccumalitive, and toxic (PBT) chemicals, respond to technical assistance requests, conduct on-site P2 assessments and follow-up meetings, coordinate with the Waste Reduction Resource Center (WRRC) on information exchange, and publish a P2 newsletter. MISSTAP will also continue to drive efforts to integrate P2 into MDEQ regulatory programs and institutionalize multimedia P2 as an environmental management priority. Finally, MISSTAP will maintain participation in EPA's regional P2 conference and use of a metric system based on EPA's National Environmental Performance Track.
SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
EPA FUNDING: $60,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) Center for Waste Minimization (CWM) will continue to work with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Publicly Owned Treatment Works, and DHEC's Media Bureaus to identify and refer candidates for on-site P2 technical assistance. DHEC will measure success according to the number of assistance requests generated by the referrals. CWM will continue to use retired personnel with technical backgrounds to provide waste assessments to the targeted facilities. CWM will also continue to partner with the Department of Defense to promote P2 at military facilities. Technical assistance will expand to include a new, non-regulatory program to help small- and medium-size businesses understand South Carolina's environmental regulations. CWM will continue to produce a P2 newsletter and maintain an index of waste minimization resources. CWM will use a metric system based on EPA's National Environmental Performance Track standards to evaluate its P2 efforts. Results will be publicized to illustrate the environmental and economic advantages of P2.
EPA FUNDING: $60,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TDEC's) Division of Community Assistance (DCA) will use this grant extension to continue to provide P2 education, outreach, and assistance to government agencies, industry, commercial businesses, and the general public. DCA will integrate P2 across TDEC programs and will include P2 information at workshops, site inspections and environmental event exhibits. DCA will also work to integrate P2 into state programs outside of TDEC and will develop P2 plans for state parks and encourage implementation of energy conservation practices at state agencies. DCA will expand P2 outreach and assistance to industry and the public. First, DCA will broaden the scope of the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership (TP3), an initiative coordinating P2 assistance for organizations in the state. TP3 expansion will include the development of a tracking system, Web access, GIS capabilities, as well as additional materials, presentations, and promotional items. DCA will also partner with the Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) to promote P2 alternatives to small industrial facilities. This partnership will use the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services to provide audit services and other technical assistance to program participants. Success of this partnership will be measured using EPA's National Environmental Performance Track metrics. Finally, DCA plans to reach out to the general public by disseminating P2 information at state parks, participating in national observances such as Clean Air Month, training regional Environmental Coordinators, and encouraging citizens to use transportation alternatives.
EPA FUNDING: $114,000 LENGTH: 15 Months
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) will collaborate with the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC), the North Business and Industrial Council (NORBIC), and the Chicagoland Circuit Board Association (CCBA) to facilitate the adoption of various pollution prevention practices by Illinois printed wire board (PWB) manufacturing facilities. Specific P2 practices to reduce wastewater discharges in the industry include minimizing drag-out between process baths, using countercurrent rinsing, managing rinses with flow control devices, and extending bath life. To accelerate the implementation of such methods in PWB facilities, the involved organizations will test, improve, and implement the Accelerated Diffusion of P2 Technologies (ADOP2T) model developed by WMRC. Through the ADOP2T model, the team identifies best practices, conducts demonstrations, and pilots the technologies at mentoring facilities. Specific actions will include conducting meetings at CCBA and PWB shops to obtain support and guidance for technical assistance; conducting detailed assessments at 10 to12 PWB shops to identify P2 opportunities; and identifying innovative P2 technologies. Further tasks will include conducting four pilot trials of new, innovative technologies to measure their success and barriers to their use; delivering demonstrations of proven P2 technologies; developing and distributing case studies; providing P2 technology training to IEPA field inspectors and permit writers; and evaluating the success of the ADOP2T model in PWB facilities.
EPA FUNDING: $95,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will use PPIS grant funding to improve the quality assurance process for Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemical reporting and to institutionalize a pollution prevention regulatory integration program. Because IDEM measures state wide P2 progress using TRI Form R data, the agency has developed a quality assurance program for TRI reporting during the past 7 years. Using PPIS funding, IDEM will expand quality assurance by providing additional outreach and guidance to TRI reporters to improve reporting accuracy. Outreach will include up to six workshops on filing procedures, letters to reporting facilities that report data outside established criteria, and a focused effort to target and track reductions of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals listed as TRI chemicals in 1999. IDEM will meet with facilities contributing the largest percentage of the state's PBTs, carcinogens, and overall waste to determine reporting methodology and to identify P2 opportunities. In an effort to promote integration of P2 in the state's media programs, IDEM will continue to collaborate with state regulatory staff in the permitting, compliance assistance, and enforcement programs to make P2 an integral component of regulatory management and training. Additionally, IDEM will continue to foster partnerships with environmental and business assistance providers to incorporate voluntary pollution prevention into technical assistance and enforcement activities.
EPA FUNDING: $90,881 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will develop a pollution prevention internship program to provide technical assistance to manufacturing and agricultural facilities across the state. The program will place participating engineering students in internships through established industrial sector P2 programs, including the Metal Finishing Pollution Prevention Initiative, the Michigan Business P2 Program, Michigan Small Business Chemical Manufacturing P2 Initiative, Michigan Great Printers Project, and Michigan Agricultural P2 Partnership. Over a 2 year period, the interns will work to implement pollution prevention improvements identified by assessments conducted by the Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program. Interns will be required to develop and present a final report and case studies, and DEQ will distribute the case studies, document the program's effectiveness, and communicate results.
EPA FUNDING: $88,042 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will use PPIS 2001 grant funding to incorporate pollution prevention sustainability (P2/S) into existing agency programs.
To educate NPDES-permitted industries about options for phosphorus reductions in watersheds, MPCA will develop a toolkit highlighting best management practices and optimal points within the permitting process to consider P2 approaches.
Providing P2 support to the agency's Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP), P2/S staff will help Lamp staff track source reductions of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals such as mercury, dioxin, PCBs, and pesticides.
To address air pollution, MPCA P2/S staff will assist in evaluating the success of MPCA's "Modeling the Way" initiative, a program to ensure that the agency manages its vehicle fleet using the most progressive measures for minimizing air pollution.
P2/S staff will also help promote pollution prevention at periodic enforcement forums where enforcement staff discuss appropriate strategies for specific violations. P2/S staff will attend the forums to make recommendations regarding resources, partnerships for P2 assistance, and opportunities to incorporate P2 into Supplemental Environmental Projects.
Finally, P2/S staff will develop a way to measure regulatory integration activities; contribute to the MPCA Innovations Pilot projects; develop P2 case studies and a database; and provide P2 support to the MPCA Smart Growth Strategy.
EPA FUNDING: $92,000 LENGTH: 1 YR. (2nd yr. funding of 2 year grant)
In an extension of a PPIS 2000 grant, the University of Toledo will continue to coordinate the 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 technical assistance to small- and medium-size manufacturers in Ohio. The grantee will coordinate at least four quarterly OSEN meetings; develop publications, directories, and resources materials; disseminate these materials; and develop a referral system for P2 services. OSEN technical assistance providers will conduct seminars on the following topics: electric restructuring opportunities, lean manufacturing, environmental management systems, and sustainable development and remanufacturing. Additional outreach will include facility assessments conducted by a technical expert from the Edison Center and graduate students from the University of Toledo. The assessments will consist of 1 day of on-site time with additional off-site research. The program requires participating companies to match funding to increase commitment to the assessments.
"WISCONSIN COLLABORATION FOR POLLUTION PREVENTION"
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES - NP97532601-1
EPA FUNDING: $98,500 LENGTH: 1 YR. (2nd yr. funding of 2 year grant)
In an extension of the PPIS 2000 grant, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Department of Commerce, and the University of Wisconsin Extension will use grant funding to continue an initiative to develop resources and coordinate agency efforts in a comprehensive P2 program for Wisconsin businesses and communities. In the initial phase of the project, the agencies developed a Web site providing comprehensive information about Wisconsin's P2 program, links to agency Web sites, and reference materials. In 2001, the agencies will develop procedures for ongoing site maintenance, updating resources, developing a resource database, adding information regarding persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals, and developing an online survey to evaluate the effectiveness of the Web site. This year's funding will also support the Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection's development of an outreach campaign and web site to promote its pilot P2 Program and share its results with the state's agrichemical dealers who handle many toxic materials including PBTs. In addition to the Web site, the 2001 PPIS grant will also allow DNR to incorporate a pollution prevention component into its business permit primer including technical assistance resources and reference materials. Additionally, the agencies will survey stakeholders to obtain ongoing feedback on the Web site, the permit primer, and other state P2 initiatives. DNR plans to develop a marketing plan to promote the Web site and resources.
EPA FUNDING: $60,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) aims to reduce the amount of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals in the state's hazardous waste stream by 33 percent by 2005. To achieve this objective, ADEQ will conduct three pollution prevention workshops aimed at reducing silver and mercury released into publically owned treatment works systems by image processing facilities, dental facilities, and laboratories. Emphasizing city pretreatment activities, sessions will educate stakeholders about best management practices. Through the workshops and follow-up site visits, ADEQ will promote the Code of Management Practice for Silver Dischargers, a code of best management practices for silver imaging facilities developed by the Silver Council and the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies to decrease the amount of silver discharged into wastewater treatment plants. Additionally, industry representatives will conduct follow-up site visits to assist facilities in implementing best management plans. Furthermore, ADEQ will host five educational outreach workshops in various regions of the state to instruct small- and medium-size businesses in pollution prevention techniques, best management practices, and reducing PBT releases.
EPA FUNDING: $60,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality's Pollution Prevention Program (P2P) provides a comprehensive system of services to encourage pollution prevention and promote environmental excellence in Oklahoma organizations. Using the 2001 PPIS grant, the program will develop a model to measure the effectiveness of P2 in helping organizations achieve environmental excellence. Building upon New Mexico's experience in developing the Green Zia Environmental Excellence Program, the model will mirror the criteria system used by the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards. To develop the model, P2P will develop a "best in class" scoring system to evaluate an organization's environmental performance on 17 items in 7 categories. To implement the model, P2P will develop a detailed, online questionnaire that will calculate the organization's environmental score; create Web links for additional guidance and resources on the agency's Web site; and implement a pilot program. To execute the pilot program, P2P will recruit and train qualified examiners; conduct mandatory site visits to organizations scoring in the "excellent" range of the online assessment; and conduct training to interested facilities on topics such as environmental compliance assistance and environmental management systems. Following the pilot phase, P2P will continue to promote the model through ongoing training events and on-site assistance.
EPA FUNDING: $50,025 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Pollution Prevention Program of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) developed the Green Zia Environmental Excellence Program to emphasize the integration of environmental decision-making into core business practices. Expanding on the success of the Green Zia Program, NMED will fund and expand the core activities of its P2 program by conducting P2 training to facilities and NMED staff; producing and distributing promotional and technical assistance materials; and maintaining informational materials on the NMED Web site and the sites of other technical assistance partners. Specifically, NMED will conduct P2 training for large and small businesses, federal facilities, and other organizations in pollution prevention assessments and environmental management systems. NMED will also conduct P2 regulatory integration training to enforcement staff and develop a Green Zia Mentorship Program. NMED will continue to conduct outreach through partnerships with external organizations, and will create a Public Service Center within the Office of Pollution Prevention to answer questions, make referrals, coordinate agency outreach activities, and improve agency communication with the public. Additionally, NMED staff will attend the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable meetings and the Region 6 pollution prevention meetings.
EPA FUNDING: $67,140 LENGTH: 1 YR.
This grant will expand the technical assistance and outreach efforts of the Waste Management Education and Research Consortium (WERC), a consortium for environmental education and technology development composed of New Mexico State University, Dine College, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, the University of New Mexico, and Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. WERC's Pollution Prevention Technical Resources Center (TRC) provides multi-faceted public outreach and assistance to small business, industry, communities, and tribes throughout New Mexico. Using the 2001 PPIS grant, WERC will collaborate with New Mexico industries and small businesses to deliver a series of short courses on pollution prevention to professional associations, business development centers, and various classroom audiences. Continuing to provide individual technical assistance to businesses, WERC will conduct on-site assessments and workshops for 8 micro-businesses (1-10 employees), 6 small businesses (10-50 employees), and 6 medium-size businesses (50 plus employees). To continue to provide P2 assistance to communities, WERC will assist four to eight communities in traditionally under-served regions of New Mexico by organizing community-based P2 surveys, household hazardous waste collections, and staff training and remediation efforts. Additionally, WERC students and TRC staff will promote energy efficiency in the construction and rehabilitation projects of businesses, government agencies, and other organizations through on-site consultations and information.
EPA FUNDING: $25,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, coordinating with Lamar University and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, will transfer new pollution prevention technology developed by the center to facilities in the chemical and petroleum refining industry. Incorporating economic and environmental costs, the chemical complex analysis system has demonstrated pollution and energy reduction in two chemical complexes. In this project, the grantee will apply the system to an agricultural chemical complex, a petroleum refinery complex, and a petrochemical complex. To accomplish this, the center will conduct plant demonstrations and short courses, deliver presentations at professional society meetings, and distribute self-paced instructional materials. The effort will target the approximately 700 process, plant, and control engineers in 155 chemical plants in EPA Region 6 states who can use the technology to reduce energy consumption and waste generation.
EPA FUNDING: $100,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
Building on previous partnerships between the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, and the University of Texas, this project will advance Texas P2 goals for the electric utility industry by focusing on reducing the release of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. The project will provide case studies and guidance to coal or oil-burning power plants recently required to report PBT chemical releases under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. Specifically, LCRA will develop a comprehensive pilot P2 program at one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the state, with the goal of identifying P2 options that will result in measurable reductions of PBT releases as measured by the Toxics Release Inventory. Using the information and experience gained in the pilot program, LCRA will develop cost-effective P2 outreach, education, technical assistance, and training programs for electric utilities.
EPA FUNDING: $116,312 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) will further expand its pollution prevention program and advance regulatory integration through the following initiatives.
To reduce air emissions from upset and maintenance (UM) events, the Small Business and Environmental Assistance Division and Field Operations Division will provide technical training, establish local industry UM workgroups, and conduct UM Site Assistance Visits (SAVs) to local regulated entities. TNRCC will provide facilities with guidance on UM emissions prevention and reporting, information on forming an emissions prevention team at a facility, an overview of tools for emissions reductions, and case studies.
To reduce pollution to threatened watersheds, TNRCC will educate stakeholders about using pollution prevention to reduce emissions from both point sources and non-point sources. To achieve this, TNRCC will conduct P2 site assistance visits to facilities within watersheds listed on the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) list and will work with the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program to conduct a "threatened waters pilot" project. Through the project, the agency will establish a public/private stakeholder workgroup in the threatened watershed to identify constituents of concern, non-point source pollution issues, and P2 opportunities.
In partnership with the Texas Environmental Service Provider Network, TNRCC will develop a P2 Expert System, an interactive, Web-based planning tool that mirrors one-on-one technical assistance for facilities in specific industries. The tool will include pollution prevention options, case studies, vendor information, and Web links by process or sector to assist companies in preparing an effective pollution prevention plan.
TNRCC will strive to increase the use of environmental management systems (EMSs) by Texas facilities, increase membership in the Clean Texas and National Performance Track Programs, pilot an EMS-based site assistance visit with a facility in the above programs, and develop regulatory incentives to encourage EMS adoption by regulated entities, state agencies, local governments, and other organizations.
To reduce ozone-forming emissions and increase energy efficiency, TNRCC will support a statewide, innovative clean air partnership to reduce NOx emissions and awareness of emerging technologies. An additional objective will be increased public education and individual actions related to transportation choices, cleaner vehicles, traffic congestion, air pollution, and public health. To accomplish this, the grantee will support a statewide Clean Texas Air Roundtable, integrate clean air technology information into TNRCC outreach, and produce a short P2/energy efficiency video.
EPA FUNDING: $100,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Waste Management Assistance Bureau (WMAB) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will establish a pilot project to facilitate EMS design and implementation within the food processing industry in Iowa and will continue to provide on-site technical assistance to Iowa businesses through the Waste Reduction Assistance Program (WRAP). Food manufacturing establishments represent 11 percent of the state's manufacturing base and emit high levels of contaminants - such as biochemical oxygen demands, suspended solids, phosphorus, and nitrogen oxides - into the air and wastewater systems. To address this, WMAB will develop an EMS template for food processing facilities, host six facilitated meetings to instruct food processors in EMS design and implementation, and develop a workshop for technical assistance providers. The grantee will track project results through surveys and measurement of improved compliance rates, and will develop case studies and communicate accomplishments to regional, national, and trade organizations. WRAP will supplement this program by continuing to provide on-site P2 assistance to the food processing industry. Specifically, WMAB will partner with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center to conduct 24 on-site visits, assist facilities enrolled in the pilot project in identifying P2 opportunities, and provide assistance to facilities referred by enforcement officials.
EPA FUNDING: $116,920 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will continue to expand the Kansas Pollution Prevention Program by increasing awareness and implementation of P2 within KDHE and the regulated community. Using grant funding, KDHE will continue to coordinate and fund P2 activities with the Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute (KSU PPI). Activities will include incorporating P2 into the annual state-wide environmental conference, publishing the quarterly Kansas Environmental News newsletter, and overseeing the university's technical assistance program. Further, KSU PPI will provide outreach to the meat processing and packing industry through on-site assistance and promotion of environmental management systems (EMSs). To reduce levels of persistent and bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs) in wastewater, KSU PPI will promote previously developed curriculum materials on best management practices for silver and mercury to schools for dental hygienists and assistants. KDHE will provide green purchasing seminars to business assistance organizations, develop and distribute green purchasing information packets, and continue to provide P2 assistance to the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment program.
EPA FUNDING: $104,838 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will use 2001 PPIS grant funding to expand the activities of its established pollution prevention program and to continue an extensive regulatory integration project within the Missouri Division of Environmental Quality. Specifically, the DNR will continue function-specific P2 training for DEQ regulatory personnel; encourage other service providers, such as Small Business Development Centers, to promote P2 in their outreach activities; emphasize Design for the Environment in the construction of a model green building for the state's Office of Administration; and work with the Office of Administration to emphasize environmentally preferable products in state purchasing contracts. Additionally, the grantee will use Toxics Release Inventory data to identify industries or facilities that have not reported source reduction activities and will conduct on-site P2 assessments with these facilities. Furthermore, the department will conduct informational and educational outreach campaigns in an effort to reduce the disposal of mercury-containing items in household waste, reduce mercury disposal by small quantity generators, and train Missouri educators in green chemistry, micro-scale chemistry, and chemical use reductions.
NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $123,043 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will use 2001 PPIS grant funding to continue the established Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) student internship and technical assistance program. This year, the project will seek to quantify the effect of previous technical assistance to businesses, provide follow-up technical assistance, and continue to provide intensive P2 training to college engineering students. Through a survey of 15 previously-assisted businesses, DEQ will assess previous technical assistance efforts to determine the effectiveness of P2 assistance and to identify areas for follow-up. Undergraduate engineering student interns will provide follow-up technical assistance, and impact assessments will be performed by a combination of student interns, University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) faculty, and UNL staff. To provide the students with comprehensive P2 training, the program will include instruction on topics including pollution prevention basics, regulations, and applied research, and students will present final written and oral reports.
EPA FUNDING: $21,335 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) will use 2001 PPIS funding to supplement the construction of a single-family home in McCook, Nebraska, using recycled-content building materials, energy-efficient technologies, and a construction waste management protocol that emphasizes waste reuse and reduction. The house is the third "Green Dream House" awarded by the National America Recycles Day Committee to provide an opportunity for planners to demonstrate the effectiveness of environmentally preferable construction in a high-profile context. NET will use funding to evaluate technologies and products prior to their integration into the construction. To accomplish this, NET will use tools such as EPA's Energy Star Purchasing Program, EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines, Energy-10 software, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. In addition, NET will develop a Nebraska Green Builder's Guide for construction professionals that will chronicle the construction of the house, promote environmentally preferable construction practices, and facilitate the use of recycled-content products in future construction projects. The results of the project will be publicized locally, regionally, and nationally by the State Green Building Task Force composed of staff from NET and the Nebraska State Recycling Association.
EPA FUNDING: $100,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Colorado Pollution Prevention Program will use PPIS 2001 grant funding to advance program goals such as regulatory integration, educating the public on P2 issues, and measuring results. Specific activities include:
Program staff will work with cross-media teams from each of the environmental divisions to phase P2 integration into their respective divisions. P2 technical staff will accompany field inspectors on inspections to obtain cross-training on regulatory programs and provide hands-on field P2 training to inspectors.
The program will implement a voluntary best management practices initiative with the Colorado mining industry. It will coordinate with other environmental assistance providers and continue to refine and implement a multimedia PBT strategy.
It will coordinate quarterly local P2 network meetings, implement a P2 Week Media blitz with EPA Region 8, maintain the Colorado P2 Web site, and administer the P2 grants program.
The program will regularly use measurement and analysis tools to determine the environmental benefits of P2 efforts and will work with facilities to implement an environmental cost accounting system.
Additional activities will include assisting the Environmental Leadership Program to assure that P2 stays at the core of the program; coordinating with the National PBT initiative; and exploring the P2 link to design for the environment and greening the supply chain in industry. The P2 program will also participate in EPA Region 8 P2 Net activities, collaborate with the Regional P2Rx Center, and participate actively in the Regulatory Integration Workgroup of NPPR.
EPA FUNDING: $101,178 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Montana State University Extension Service will utilize PPIS 2001 funding to support myriad initiatives of the Montana Pollution Prevention (MT P2) Program that have been successful during the past 2 years. Specifically, the grantee will:
Continue to work with trade associations, attend trade conferences, and develop technical assistance materials to conduct P2 outreach to facilities in various industries. To achieve this goal, MT P2 will expand its P2 staff and on-site field presence by recruiting retired executives, engineers, or extension service agents as P2 outreach personnel; add industry-focused P2 articles to the semi-annual publication of The Bridge newsletter; and expand the Eco-Star Recognition program to include industry-specific awards. It will also include expanding the Montana Spray Technique, Analysis, and Research (STAR) program, which provides spray coating applicators with hands-on training, by continuing to operate a STAR program at the Montana State University and conducting six training sessions for professional spray coating applicators in Montana.
Reduce the release of PBTs sent into the environment by dental offices by developing a publication of contacts and resources for dental waste management, potentially offering workshops through the MT Dental Association, and continuing a mercury thermostat education and waste minimization program.
Expand the Consumer Awareness Program for P2 through the Home*A*Syst program, a self-assessment of P2 for ground water, air, and soil for rural and agricultural homeowners.
Expand P2 outreach to local governments by conducting workshops for city and county government officials on environmentally preferable purchasing and distributing the P2 Guidebook for Montana Local Governments.
Continue and expand the Youth Awareness Program for Pollution Prevention by developing children's P2 materials for Yellowstone National Park and incorporating P2 curriculum into the Montana 4H youth program.
EPA FUNDING: $25,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The North Dakota Department of Health (ND DoH) plays a primary role in encouraging industry, small- and medium-size businesses, local governments, and the public to prioritize pollution prevention above traditional pollution control. The 2001 PPIS grant will support the expansion of the North Dakota P2 infrastructure, providing for the development of technical assistance resources, expansion of P2 activities, and collaboration with local organizations, trade associations, and individual facilities. Specifically, ND DoH will develop Nutrient Management Plans addressing the management of livestock and agricultural wastes and conduct P2 outreach by means of statewide press releases, publications, workshops, Web sites, and an information clearinghouse. It will also support the Peaks to Prairie P2 Regional Center in conjunction with EPA Region 8.
EPA FUNDING: $80,799 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SD DENR) offers pollution prevention strategies and technical assistance to the agricultural community and small businesses that comprise the majority of the state's economy. Using the PPIS 2001 grant, SD DENR will complete the development of a reliable protocol for total daily maximum loads (TDMLs) for pathogens and conduct outreach promoting source reduction as the preferred strategy for addressing state environmental requirements. Completing a three-phase project to develop a protocol for TDMLs, the grantee will design, test, and calibrate a procedure to detect fecal coliform for use by resource managers. Furthermore, SD DENR will conduct a training workshop in the use of the identification procedure for environmental and resource managers, laboratory personnel, the academic community, livestock industry leaders, and interested individuals. To promote source reduction, the grantee will form a coalition to more effectively deliver technical assistance to livestock producers to assist them in complying with requirements surrounding animal feeding operations, comprehensive nutrient management, and general permit requirements. Finally, SD DENR will continue to expand and maintain its Web site as a P2 information tool and will bring the department's P2 display to a minimum of four conferences to promote awareness of P2 as a strategy for addressing environmental concerns.
"UTAH POLLUTION PREVENTION INCENTIVES TO STATES"
UTAH DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EPA FUNDING: $86,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
Priorities of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ's) Pollution Prevention Program include identifying P2 opportunities at the 2002 Olympic games, sustainable growth, business assistance and recognition, and community-based partnerships. DEQ will play a key role in assuring that the 2002 Olympic Winter Games reflect Utah's commitment to environmental protection. DEQ's P2 coordinator will represent the P2 program to the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, which will house workgroups on topics such as environmental education, sustainable facilities, materials management, and environmental monitoring. The P2 program will expand its efforts in the tourism and growth areas. Modeling after Colorado's efforts with the ski industry, DEQ will identify best management practices for the lodging industry, golf courses, and the construction industry. Additional projects will include the Tele2000 Utah project, which will explore teleworking options to decrease the environmental impact of automobile commuting. The program will also continue to partner with the Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership, develop workshops and publications for small businesses, continue the successful P2 for Used Oil program, and finalize a manure management strategy for animal feeding operations and confined animal feeding operations.
EPA FUNDING: $85,500 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will use PPIS funding to fund one full-time equivalent (FTE) for the P2 program and to allow the FTE to attend the 2002 annual P2 roundtable meetings. Projects will include supporting the Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2002 (CSC2002), conducting P2 outreach to small businesses, and airing a televised public service announcement promoting the DEQ's P2 initiatives. Since 2000, the Institute for Science, Ecology, and Environment and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) have conducted an intercollegiate competition between SAE student chapters to reduce snowmobile emissions and determine the feasibility of hybrid electric motors or fuel cell technology for powering snowmobiles. In 2002, each university will produce a technical report describing the mechanical modifications and the results of the emission testing. SAE will publish the results of the CSC2002 competition in a technical session at an SAE Congress and through DEQ's Pollution Prevention Program. To conduct P2 outreach to small businesses, DEQ will continue to collaborate with the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center to conduct 19 assessments addressing waste reduction opportunities, source reduction opportunities, and hazardous material substitution. DEQ will develop and distribute case studies of these programs to department inspectors, communities, and technical assistance centers. Finally, DEQ will update a public service announcement created in 1998 to promote the concept of pollution prevention among the Wyoming public.
EPA FUNDING: $100,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will partner with the city of Yuma and Maricopa County to establish the Green Business & Government Program. Initially, the cross-media program will focus on automotive P2, environmental management system (EMS) implementation among metal platers, compliance assistance for small businesses, and regulatory integration. ADEQ will work with Yuma and Maricopa County to provide P2 and compliance assistance workshops and on-site visits to interested automotive repair and fleet management facilities. The goal is to eliminate at least 2,000 pounds of chemicals or resources used or released by the industry per year. The program partners will also work with the Maricopa County Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) to provide EMS training workshops for interested metal platers. The goal is for at least two metal plating facilities per year to adopt EMS practices. Recognition will be a significant component of the Green Business & Government Program. ADEQ and Maricopa County will publish the Green Business Gazette quarterly to highlight participants' achievements and promote the program. All program areas will include an emphasis on RCRA compliance and reduction of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals. Additionally, ADEQ will work to integrate P2 into compliance assistance for small businesses and enforcement actions, and will assist cities and counties in adopting P2 in their local ordinances and practices. Gradually, the Green Business & Government Program will expand to include different industry sectors and geographic locations.
EPA FUNDING: $110,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The California Department of Health Services (DHS) will partner with the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA) to develop and bring to market water-based alternatives to solvent-based aerosol automotive cleaning products. DHS and IRTA also plan to develop comprehensive educational and guidance information that integrates the concepts of preventing worker illness and injury and environmental pollution to facilitate compliance for auto repair shops. In California, use and emissions of solvents from aerosol automotive cleaning products is 18.5 tons per day. Most of the solvents are carcinogens, neurotoxins, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), RCRA wastes, and/or smog contributing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Currently, no water-based aerosol alternative products are available for use in automotive shops. IRTA will conduct initial screening tests to see if currently available water-based cleaners will work on brakes, engines, carburetor and fuel injection systems, and general parts. If the existing water-based cleaners do not work on all of these automotive parts, IRTA will work with water-based cleaning formulators to develop specific products for cleaning these parts. The formulators will package the best existing and new water-based cleaners in aerosol form and test them in a laboratory. Then, they will test the best performing water-based aerosol cleaners in 10 automotive shops. DHS and IRTA will examine the health and environmental consequences and cost effectiveness of using the water-based solvents. Finally, DHS and IRTA will design educational materials for auto repair industry employers and employees based on the findings.
EPA FUNDING: $45,000 LENGTH: 1.5 YRS.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control's Office of Pollution Prevention and Technology Development (OPPTD) will partner with the Consortium of California Pollution Prevention Committees (C2P2C) and the Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network (WRPPN) to facilitate the Western Regional P2 Network Conference for 2002 (EPA Region 9). The goal of the conference is to further communication and statewide consistency in the application of local P2 programs. The conference will provide state and local representatives with an opportunity to present and discuss ways to implement P2 more effectively and allow them to interact with other local government staff and representatives from California EPA and EPA Region 9. Conference sessions will range from technical and regulatory updates to training workshops on automotive repair best management practices. OPPTD, C2P2C, and WRPPN will locate a conference site, develop an agenda, identify speakers, use the existing P2 network to promote the conference, and administer an active, participatory conference. Conference participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire, which will be used to determine the conference's success.
EPA FUNDING: $70,505 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board (ARB) will work to decrease environmental impacts from automotive refinishing operations by providing hands-on training in alternative spray techniques and innovative P2 technology in low-income, minority communities. California estimates that the automotive refinishing industry accounts for more than 15 tons per day of smog contributing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Many of the solvents used are also toxic air contaminants. ARB will draw on the expertise of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC), which has already developed a hands-on training program and state-of-the-art P2 technology for automotive refinishing technicians. IWRC's Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR®) training decreases material consumption and increases transfer efficiency during manual spraying operations. IWRC's Laser Touch TM targeting device provides technicians with an ongoing means of assessing their spray technique and improving their spray performance. An ARB staff person will obtain certification from IWRC to teach STAR® program techniques to community college instructors. Community college instructors will then provide STAR® training to facility operators and spray technicians from the community, as well as to students enrolled in automotive refinishing courses at the college. Initially, the program will focus on three low-income, minority communities in California with poor air quality. Technicians from permitted automotive refinishing facilities in these communities will receive STAR® training and a Laser Touch TM targeting device. In exchange for the targeting device, technicians must agree to provide ARB with post-training material usage data. ARB will disseminate information about the program through small business assistance partnerships and centers.
EPA FUNDING: $50,000 LENGTH: 3 YRS.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) will partner with the city of Sacramento to conduct an integrated, landscape management outreach program that incorporates P2 and multimedia strategies into the city's newly developing North Natomas area. It is crucial that developers take P2 into consideration because North Natomas borders important rivers, agricultural farmlands, wetlands, and endangered species habitat. CIWMB and the city of Sacramento will focus on preventing stormwater pollution, conserving water, and reducing green waste generated from landscape maintenance. They will begin by developing plant spacing and water use guidelines to prevent the installation of landscapes that are over watered, need constant pruning, and generate large volumes of green waste. The partners will use mass mailings and locally sponsored outreach activities to inform and educate new homeowners about appropriate landscape design and maintenance practices. The partners will also provide P2 educational outreach to professional landscapers involved in North Natomas projects. CIWMB and the City of Sacramento will use surveys to record, track, and measure changes in awareness and behavior of the homeowners and professional landscapers. Finally, the partners will promote the program results to other interested parties through case studies, fact sheets, news articles, and presentations.
EPA FUNDING: $52,972 LENGTH: 3 YRS.
The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) will promote P2 in the metal finishing industry through support of the Southern California Strategic Goals Program (SCSGP) and environmental management systems (EMSs). California has more metal finishing establishments than any other state. Metal finishing processes produce wastewater effluent, air emissions, and solid waste. The Southern California Strategic Goals Program (SCSGP) was designed to address P2 in the metal finishing industry by promoting collaborative P2 problem-solving between regulators, community leaders, and industry representatives. Cal/EPA will facilitate SCSGP meetings. Cal/EPA will also provide technical assistance to 30 metal finishing facilities that want to participate in the SCSGP by conducting three EMS workshops in Northern and Southern California. Each workshop series will include seven 4-hour sessions based on an ISO14000 EMS template designed specifically for metal finishers. Participants will also benefit from a partnership between Cal/EPA and the Regional Environmental Business Resource and Assistance Center (REBRAC). REBRAC will conduct site assessments and provide individualized compliance assistance. Companies will receive a certificate when they complete the workshop series. With an effective EMS in place, each company will have a systematic way of improving its environmental performance.
EPA FUNDING: $50,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC) housed in the University of Nevada, Reno will continue to provide P2 assistance and outreach to businesses and government organizations through the Business Environmental Program (BEP). NSBDC and BEP were developed through a partnership between the University of Nevada, the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, and EPA. BEP's core P2 program consists of a toll-free environmental assistance line, on-site consultation services, a targeted mailing list, and distribution of P2 materials. The assistance line makes it easy for users to access P2 experts and information quickly. On-site consultations help Nevada businesses identify and implement site-specific P2 opportunities. The targeted mailing list provides a vehicle for dissemination of P2 materials developed by BEP, EPA, the P2 Resource Exchange, state P2 programs and trade associations. In addition to core P2 activities, BEP will conduct several supplemental projects. They will develop P2 seminars specific to government agencies, auto repair facilities, and printers. They will also initiate a P2 program for metal finishers publicizing on-site and other assistance services through a targeted mailing and follow-up phone calls.
REGION 10"ALASKA POLLUTION PREVENTION INCENTIVES TO STATES"
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
EPA FUNDING: $143,000 LENGTH: 1 YR.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will use 2001 PPIS funding to develop two projects.
Achieving P2 Through Regulatory and Non-regulatory Incentives. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will use 2001 PPIS funding to provide P2 technical assistance, coordinate P2 efforts among assistance centers, and expand regulatory integration. Specifically, the grantee will promote National Pollution Prevention Week in the fall of 2002 through activities such as site visits to model P2 business operations, community workshops, and public service announcements. DEC will also continue to maintain a pollution prevention 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 an environmental leadership program for the foreign cruiseships that operate in Alaska's waters, and will promote the Greenstar Air Quality Award to businesses through workshops, site visits, and technical assistance. Ongoing program 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 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.
Achieving Pollution Prevention Through Tribal Traditional Knowledge and Non-regulatory Incentives. This project targets Tribal Councils, small rural and Native communities, and small village-based businesses to demonstrate the linkage between pollution prevention and traditional tribal environmental knowledge. The grantee will respond to technical assistance requests for multi-media pollution prevention information by Native communities and will coordinate "7 Generations" training for Native communities. Designed in 1998, the 7 Generations program connects traditional customs to new concepts and strategies in pollution prevention. Related activities will include maintaining a 7 Generations technical assistance page on the department's Web site; conducting "Train the Trainer" workshops using the 7 Generations Manual; and working with Native communities to coordinate long-term solutions to public health and environmental problems through the Village Environmental Planning Survey. The grantee will expand educational outreach to tribal youth and will provide 7 Generations training to individuals doing tribal work with state and federal agencies.
EPA FUNDING: $77,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will develop two projects using 2001 PPIS funding.
Environmental Education/Pollution Prevention Program. For the first project, DEQ will continue to advance the goals of Idaho's established Environmental Education/ Pollution Prevention (EEP2) Program by coordinating P2 activities throughout DEQ, promoting partnerships with businesses and other assistance providers, and evaluating the effectiveness of P2 activities. Internally, EEP2 will oversee the GEMStars Committee, a committee of 12 DEQ employees from various programs that will meet regularly to report on pollution prevention accomplishments in the state office. Additionally, it will coordinate an intern technical assistance program by providing oversight and training to interns who will conduct water system assessments in targeted industries. DEQ will continue to forge relationships with other programs and organizations including the Small Business Assistance Program, the Idaho Green Star Program, and the City of Boise. Finally, DEQ will track ongoing, statewide P2 activities such as technical assistance, public education, and promotion through its time reporting system and monthly performance measures, continuing to assess and implement new measurement methods.
GEMStar Case Studies. Under the second project, DEQ will develop case studies of the businesses, agencies, and organizations that have received GEMStar recognition for P2 efforts, and update GEMStar's middle-tier award criteria to incorporate new information available through EPA's Environmental Performance Track Program.
EPA FUNDING: $85,000 LENGTH: 3 YRS.
The P2 activities of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will consist of the following three projects:
Oregon Natural Step Network Sustainability Mentoring Project. The Oregon Natural Step Network has generated wide interest among Oregon businesses and governments through frequent educational events centered on The Natural Step, a template for evaluating how business activities either cause or prevent pollution. The Network will use PPIS funding to guide 80 organizations through implementing The Natural Step by supporting a lead coach and approximately 9 volunteer coaches to assist organizations in incorporating pollution prevention principles into their operations. The coaches will establish relationships with the organizations and offer workplace briefings, tool kits, and peer-learning opportunities.
Oregon Department of Administrative Services, Publishing and Distribution Services, EMS Certification and Environmental Report Project. The Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA) will continue to support the Oregon Department of Administrative Services' Publishing and Distribution (P&D) Services in its effort to develop an environmental management system (EMS) to subsequently obtain ISO 14001 certification. In addition to providing support for EMS certification, ZWA will assist P&D personnel in developing an environmental report based on the model of the Global Reporting Initiative, which creates a framework for voluntary reporting of sustainability-directed activities.
Agency Pollution Prevention Program Enhancement. Oregon DEQ has established the EcoLogical Business Program to recognize organizations' environmental efforts, provide technical assistance, and participate in national, regional, and local conferences. Expanding these initiatives, DEQ will create media advertising and outreach materials for businesses in the program; fund the development of a Green Permit program brochure and other materials; develop a strategy to address persistent and bioaccumulative toxins; and send DEQ staff to the meetings of the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Roundtable.
EPA FUNDING: $165,000 LENGTH: 2 YRS.
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will develop five projects using 2001 PPIS funding.
Mobile Business Pledge. Ecology will model the Mobile Business Pledge program after the successful Whatcom Watershed Business Pledge program. Through the mobile business pledge program, Ecology will reach out to mobile businesses such as home-based construction contractors, carpet cleaners, painters, landscapers, and handyman services. The department will provide a combination of incentives and technical assistance such as P2 checklists, on-site visits, and workshops to the businesses that voluntarily pledge to reduce their environmental impacts.
Cleaner Production Challenge. Ecology launched its Cleaner Production Challenge in July 2000 to encourage pollution prevention in the metal finishing industry. The department will use PPIS funding to conduct a two-phase expansion of this initiative. In Phase 1 of the project, the department will conduct on-site visits using checklists to gather data on P2 practices and will rank industries into three tiers based on current practices. In Phase 2, the department will focus on training industry representatives and operators in methods of pollution prevention.
Target P2 and EPP Efforts Around High Risk PBTs. The department's Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program (HWTR) will use EPA's 1998 waste minimization prioritization tool to identify the highest-risk persistent, bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs) used in Washington state. HWTR will then collaborate with the Environmental Assessment Program's PBT Team and the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center to identify the greatest opportunities to reduce risks to public health and the environment from PBTs. It will identify P2 alternatives to reduce the use of highest-risk PBTs and develop training seminars and P2 materials for HWTR staff outreach. Additionally, it will promote environmentally preferable purchasing by the state, reviewing purchasing contracts to identify opportunities to substitute non-PBT-containing products and developing fact sheets for state purchasing officials to encourage the procurement of non-PBT-containing products.
Pesticide Use Reduction Through "Kids in the Watershed" and other Community Education Projects. This project will expand the existing "Kids in the Watershed" program by incorporating an educational component on alternatives to pesticide use for elementary and high school students. The project will consist of designing a 15-minute film to engage children and teenagers in hands-on projects on alternative pest control methods, emphasizing sustainability, management of future waste, and PBTs. The film, supplemented by a teacher's guide and user's guide, will provide an opportunity for children and adults to discuss personal and community solutions to pesticide misuse.
Orchard Chipping Demonstration Project. Due to a decline in the apple market, growers are clearing thousands of acres of orchard trees in North Central Washington. While the trees are currently disposed of through burning, chipping presents a less-polluting alternative. The department will develop a 2-year program for chipping demonstration projects in Okanogan, Chelan, and Douglas counties.