2002 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)
Recipient: Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA Funding: $74,000
DEP along with the Connecticut State Technical Extension Program (CONNSTEP) will provide on-site pollution prevention technical assistance to Connecticut manufacturers. Under previous Pollution Prevention Grants, CONNSTEP has provided on-site technical assistance in source reduction and pollution prevention to 30 manufactures and has participated in implementing the Systems Approach to Pollution Prevention with 4 additional companies in the state of Connecticut. DEP and CONNSTEP will continue to provide pollution prevention and source reduction technical assistance to 8 clients and DEP will compile a pollution prevention technical assistance case study. The success rate of this project partnership will be measured by documenting pollution prevention initiatives adopted among the manufacturers visited by CONNSTEP field engineers. The pollution prevention technical assistance phase will be completely confidential between CONNSTEP and their clients. CONNSTEP engineers will work with their current client base from the fabricated metals, electronic equipment, industrial machinery, plastics, instrumentation, and transportation sectors.
DEP's Pollution Prevention Office along with their air, water, and waste programs will partner with municipal governments to "green local governments." The objective is to the improve efficiency and effectiveness of local government operations. In addition to helping municipalities save money by choosing pollution prevention technologies, the Greening Local Government Project will provide beyond compliance technical assistance. Through this partnership, the DEP P2 Office will develop written materials for public officials on such topics as environmentally preferable purchasing, green building, energy efficiency and conservation, water conservation and waste minimization.
In automotive repair facilities, DEP will provide up-to-date information about regulations and pollution prevention technologies to their members. The Department proposes to 1) update previously published fact sheets for this industry group, highlighting protection of drinking water, storm water and new air regulations, and 2) will hold a small business workshop to disseminate the new publications.
DEP's P2 Office will also continue to support the Department's initiative to clean up junkyards by assisting and providing pollution prevention and compliance materials. Grant funds will also be used to continue the pollution prevention publication, P2 View, and increase its circulation in environmental justice communities.MAINE
Recipient: Houlton Band of the Maliseet Indian Tribe
EPA Funding: $40,000
The Houlton Band of the Maliseet will partner with other state and federal environmental agencies and Tribes to develop a "Green Range Initiative Pilot Project." The goal of the project is to decrease the levels of lead found in soil at shooting ranges within and around the Houlton Band of Maliseet Tribal community. The project will focus on public information and problem assessment for Tribal community members and the surrounding communities in the Southern Aroostook County area. None of the shooting ranges in the Tribal communities or the law enforcement areas have been tested for potential lead contamination placing Southern Aroostook County in Maine at a "high risk" in this area. Large amounts of lead shot are discharged annually into the Maliseet Shooting Range and through out the Maine woods and gravel pits. The grantee will assess the potential for lead contamination to adequately protect the health and welfare of its community members and the public at large.
Specifically, the grantee will: 1) provide training for the Tribal Lead Director, and any necessary personal needed to provide Green Range Initiative education, management and assessment services to the community Tribal Members and outside communities to ensure environmentally friendly lead safe practices and methods, 2) partner with the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Wampanoag Indian Tribes, the Massachusetts DEP, the Maine DEP, the U.S. Border Patrol and Maine State Police for expertise input and training, 3) seek expert information pertaining to lead & shooting ranges from the NRA, the Native American Fish & Wildlife, EPA`s, A Citizen`s Guide to Best Management Practices for Lead at Your Outdoor Shooting Range, Consumer`s Guide to Lead Reduction, Maine's DEP Lead Shot Incentive, and from other organizations, 4) distribute educational material and information about potential lead contamination in shooting ranges and indoor air quality, testing and mitigation methods, of the Maliseet Shooting Range Lead Detection Program, and 5) establish a Lead Safe Shooting Range Assessment Program that will be available to all communities in Southern Aroostook region.
Contact: Brenda Commander, (207)-532-4273
Recipient: Maine's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA Funding: $74,000
DEP will develop a pilot project for licensing technology that emphasizes pollution prevention. The current licensing process directed through the Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management (BRWM), is lengthy, both in content and review time. As a result, DEP will attempt to streamline the process by implementing a pilot project testing the effectiveness of the streamlined license using a Maine "step-up" company and will seek to formalize a verbal agreement with BRWM to adopt the streamlined licensing technology process.
Under a second initiative, DEP will initiate a multimedia pollution prevention demonstration project, targeting the boat building and repair sector. DEP will support the solicitation of three major boatyards within the state of Maine and assess which type of pollution prevention technology could best be used as a demonstration project for smaller boat building and repair facilities.
DEP will also develop and maintain pollution prevention partnerships through collaboration, communication and outreach with several DEP stakeholders. Additional project work will promote DEP accomplishments through newsletters and announcements, reports to senior management and sharing project results with BRWM Pollution Prevention Team Leaders who readily disseminate the information through Bureau meetings.
Contact: Peter Cooke, (207) 287-7100, email@example.com
Recipient: Massachusetts' Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)
EPA Funding: $26,200
OTA will partner with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) and one Massachusetts vocational-technical (vo-tech) school or community college to establish a Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR) Training Center in Massachusetts. The training center will promote pollution prevention by addressing air contaminants emitted from spray guns. The training will be provided to one selected vo-tech school or community college and will focus on ways to decrease material consumption and increase transfer efficiency during manual spraying operations by using the Laser Touch™ targeting system. The system which can be used with only high volume low pressure spray gun equipment, is designed to provide spray technicians with a "real-time" means of assessing their spray technique and improving their spray performance. As a result, the Laser Touch™ targeting system improves transfer efficiency, reduces volatile organic compounds and particulate emissions, paint consumption, waste disposal, material costs, and spray booth maintenance. Upon completion of the training at IWRC, the vocational or college instructor will receive a Laser Touch™ targeting device. IWRC will pay for the cost of training; in exchange the school or community college will agree to train at least 10 other spray technicians and collect data for IWRC. OTA will assist the Massachusetts STAR Training Center in data collection for the technicians that are subsequently trained. Data on material usage will be collected for a period of one year and compared to pre-training data to quantify emission and material use reductions.
Recipient: University of Massachusetts, Lowell (UML)
EPA Funding: $20,000
UML's Environmental Management System (EMS) Service Program will provide expert training to various public agencies emphasizing the practical usage of EMSs. The goal of the program is to create a local network that improves environmental performance among agencies that have the fewest resources to spare for pollution prevention. This network will be comprised of public, non-profit agencies and local businesses, who will develop compliance strategies, identify how their activities, services and products affect the environment, and set targets to improve performance and measure results. Each agency is expected to participate in a four-day EMS training session at their facility. Once an EMS is established, participants are required to select a program objective and target and then design a program based on that objective and target.
Contact: Linda Concino (978) 934-4723, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services (DES)
EPA Funding: $75,000
DES will partner with the University of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Hospital Association's Foundation for Healthy Communities, and Health Care Without Harm to continue their ongoing efforts to reduce mercury use and dioxin emission from health care facilities. Specifically, the project will seek to: 1) promote the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment program, 2) coordinate New Hampshire Hospitals for a Health Environment, and 3) provide technical assistance to additional healthcare providers, nursing homes, mental health clinics, specialty hospitals, and visiting nurses agencies. In addition, this project will also expand outreach efforts to nursing homes, mental health clinics, specialty hospitals and visiting nursing agencies. DES will assist these facilities in the proper management of mercury-containing products in an effort to reduce mercury emission and waste streams, procure environmentally preferable products, and promote environmental management systems and policies. Two minor activities of this project will be to assist with a feasibility study for an alternative/treatment facility for infectious waste and to continue its outreach efforts with the New Hampshire Dental Society by promoting best management practices and promoting innovative technologies.
In a separate project, DES will partner with the New Hampshire Department of Education to increase awareness among students and staff about laboratory chemicals. The aim of the project is to eliminate the use of potentially toxic chemicals in public schools. To accomplish this goal, DES will identify and quantify what kinds of chemicals are being stored and which may need to be discarded. DES will then identify a Funding mechanism for the safe removal and disposal of the potentially toxic chemicals, and educate schools on proper pollution prevention. During the course of the project DES will: 1) periodically confer with Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association, and the New England Governor's Mercury Task Force about related school activities and projects, 2) conduct outreach to school administrators, 3) perform site visits, 4) assist the schools in identifying ways to safely remove the materials, 5) leverage disposal options, and 6) educate the schools on prevention technologies. DES will also use this information and expand the project to assist one small school district, preferably a district that is in great need, such as a low-income, or rural community.
Under a third project, DES will continue to address motor vehicle salvage facilities operations from an environmental perspective. A key component of this program is the development of a best management practices guidance utilizing several pollution prevention tools. The DES New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program will assist in the education and outreach phase of the guidance document, by providing workshops, technical assistance, and site visits. Additionally, DES will promote the removal of mercury switches in motor vehicles prior to crushing and disposal and will encourage phasing out mercury switches in new vehicles. DES will research various mercury switch removal options and, work closely with industry stakeholders (including NH Auto & Truck Recycler's Association, the NH Auto Dealers Association, the NH Towing Association, and the NH Municipal Association) to recommend strategies for implementation. Some strategies that will be considered range from organizing a campaign calling for the voluntary removal of mercury switches to drafting rules, or legislation if needed, and/or requiring mercury switch removal and phase out.
Contact: Sara Johnson, (603) 271-6460, email@example.com
Recipient: Rhode Island's Narraganset Bay Commission (NBC)
EPA Funding: $25,000
NBC's Pollution Prevention and Pretreatment staff with assistance from the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the Rhode Island Dental Association will conduct a series of on-site environmental compliance and pollution prevention audits at local hospitals, health care and/or dental facilities located within NBC's servicing district. Each audit will focus on multimedia environmental issues, pollution prevention and environmental regulatory compliance. A major focus of this project is to better assist Rhode Island's health care industry understand and comply with environmental regulations written into the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Results from the audits will be used to organize and sponsor a pollution prevention and environmental compliance educational workshop for the Rhode Island health care industry. Audit information will also be used to measure the success rate of these educational workshops and the measure environmental performance of local health care industry. Project measurements will also help identify and quantify which health care facilities should be considered "superior environmental performers." Health care facilities that achieve a level of superior performance may be recognized through NBC's environmental awards and recognition programs. Ultimately, this project will help NBC direct technical assistance and regulatory efforts toward problematic areas existing within the healthcare industry sector and may allow for the use of Environmental Best Management Practices by smaller dental and healthcare facilities in place of issuing wastewater discharge permits.
Recipient: University of Rhode Island (URI)
EPA Funding: $74,000
The URI Center for Pollution Prevention will partner with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to complete three separate projects. Under the last phases of an autobody certification program, URI and DEM will finalize a workbook, specifically designed for the Rhode Island autobody (auto-refinishing) industry. The workbook asks autobody facilities a series of questions focusing on existing waste management and health/safety programs. From workbook responses, URI's Mathematics Department will record any changes to Rhode Island's auto industry's compliance record by using statistical analysis. In relation to this effort, URI and DEM will create a guidebook and pollution prevention assessment checklist to better service this project for long term use. If needed, URI and DEM will consider developing a mandatory program that addresses the issue of autobody shops that do not participate. This certification program is initially being developed as a voluntary effort, but significant negative feedback may force a regulatory approach. Periodic meetings and workshops will be held during the grant period to review progress and inform the industry of updates and results.
In relation to the previous project, URI and DEM will evaluate the development of a drycleaner certification program. DEM personnel from regulatory divisions and appropriate business representatives will be asked to participate in the initiative and its steering committee. Two meetings will be held during the grant period to inform and update all stakeholders of project goals and activities. URI and DEM will also: 1) create a database of drycleaners using information already available from the Office of Air Resources, 2) perform pollution prevention assessments of 2-3 drycleaners, 3) investigate various source reduction opportunities, such as replacing the commonly used drycleaning agent (i.e., perchloroethylene which contains toxic properties) with a more environmentally preferable drycleaning agent, and 5) compose a rough draft of a workbook similar to the one developed for the autobody industry.
Under a separate project URI and DEM will produce two "P2 Technology Profiles." The profiles are assessments based on past and current pollution prevention projects with Rhode Island companies. The grantee will collaborate with the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association.
Contact: Eugene Park, (401) 874-4303, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC)
EPA Funding: $70,000
VT DEC will initiate four separate projects under this grant. First, the grantee will create two departmental persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) reduction strategies; one related to mercury and one to dioxins. Mercury and dioxin sources are presently being addressed by VT DEC programs, however, a unified multimedia environmental assessment of these contaminants does not exist nor is there a unified reduction strategy in place at the state level. New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services has taken a lead role in these areas, and VT DEC would like to follow this lead by developing effective mercury and dioxin reduction strategies. The Department's Environmental Assistance Division will coordinate with department task forces in air, waste and water divisions to develop mercury and dioxin reductions strategies. Specifically, the task forces will formulate strategies focusing on source reduction and developing a two-three year action plan. The intent is to have these reduction strategies adopted by the Department. The strategies will serve several purposes such as: 1) building support for concrete action steps that can be taken to reduce release and exposure to these PBTs, 2) informing and educating the general public as well as the business community on these PBTs of concern and the action steps which the general public can take, and 3) promoting multi-media pollution prevention coordination and integration within the DEC's various divisions.
Under a separate project, VT DEC will launch a mercury reduction initiative within Vermont's fourteen hospitals and their affiliated clinics and nursing homes. VT DEC has met with the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Care Systems, and their Board of Directors has endorsed a voluntary mercury reduction and technical assistance program working in cooperation with VT DEC. The technical assistance program will consist of mercury reduction training for hospital staff either through regional conferences or on-site training of staff, on-site mercury inventory assistance, information on mercury-free alternative products via our web site, and assistance with developing a mercury reduction action plan. All hospitals would agree to participate in the sponsored training, complete a hospital mercury inventory, preferably with assistance, and develop and publicize a mercury reduction action plan with a focus on source reduction. Source reduction would consist of converting to non-mercury containing chemicals, measuring devices and other medical equipment and establishing mercury-free purchasing policies.
In a third project, VT DEC will target the autobody industry through a series of regional workshops and on-site pollution prevention and compliance assessments. This is the Department's first state-wide effort to reach out to this industry, following on the heels of the distribution of the Department's autobody environmental compliance guide. The VT DEC estimates that there are 300 body shops in the state that can potentially be reached through this initiative. Workshops and on-site assessments will focus on pollution prevention best management practices such as: 1) coating selection (prep coats, primer surfacers, and primer sealers) that are low volatile organic compounds, waterborne, and/or lower toxicity, 2) operator training and spray application techniques/equipment to reduce paint use, 3) solvent use reduction through the use of highly efficient gun washers, and 4) inventory control, good housekeeping, and cleaning and sanding techniques to reduce waste and minimize re-work.
Under a fourth project, VT DEC will continue to support Vermont's Small Business Development Center (VT SBDC) by providing pollution prevention technical assistance to small businesses. Assistance efforts will focus on encouraging the adoption of environmentally sustainable business practices that emphasize source reduction and pollution prevention (e.g., energy and water conservation, environmentally preferable purchasing, and solid waste source reduction). VT SBDC will continue to provide administrative support to the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership, including marketing the program, processing applications, and gathering annual environmental performance data.
Recipient: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC)
EPA Funding: $60,000
NYSDEC, in partnership with several state agencies and nonprofit organizations, proposes to develop and implement P2 and technical assistance outreach programs designed to educate three target groups. The first group are anglers and the fishing public; an education and outreach effort will focus on the need to reduce the use of lead fishing products and the availability of alternatives. In response to growing concerns about lead toxicity from fishing gear in wildlife, the tackle industry has developed inexpensive, ecologically safe alternatives to lead gear that is equally as effective as the traditional lead products.
The second group that the project would target is the golf course industry, regarding preferred environmental management. There are over 900 golf courses in N.Y. State; each 18-hole course applies approximately 1000 pounds of pesticides per year, and uses millions of gallons of water to maintain all turf areas. The grantee will develop an environmental guide for golf course managers about water conservation, integrated pest management, and proper management of wastes. This guide will also introduce golf course managers to Audubon International's certification program which promoted environmentally sound management and conservation at golf courses. Currently only 112 golf courses in NY State are registered. Outcome measures will include follow-up surveys and documenting the number of public events and displays.
The last phase of the project would target the regulated community about environmental management systems through the promotion of the National Environmental Performance Track (PT) program. The program will actively solicit PT applicants during ongoing DEC events, and will convene an event with DEC officials for NY State PT members.
Contact: Mary Werner, (518) 402-9469, email@example.com
Recipient: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
EPA Funding: $85,000
NYSDEC, in partnership with NY State Department of Health and several local agencies, proposes to provide P2 technical assistance and outreach regarding removal of elementary mercury and mercury devices from schools. Mercury spills account for 25 percent of all school evacuations and can be very costly. Elemental mercury and mercury containing devices are found in nurses' offices, science labs, chemical storage areas, and gymnasium lighting.
The grantee will partner with the Orange-Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to conduct a demonstration project to inventory, collect and recycle mercury from thirty public and private schools within a local BOCES district. The grantee will also distribute educational material statewide Measures of success includes amounts of elemental mercury and mercury devices collected.
Contact: Mary Werner, (518) 402-9469, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: SUNY Stony Brook Department of General Dentistry
EPA Funding: $17,900
SUNY Stony Brook, partnering with Dental Recycling North America, Inc., proposes to install and operate a mercury/amalgam recovery system at the School of Dental Medicine in Suffolk County. The school operates a dental clinic that generates amalgam waste that is composed of 50 percent mercury. The grantee will custom design an amalgam separator to significantly reduce the amount of amalgam-laden wastewater discharged from the facility. The Stony Brook facility currently generates between 4 and 8 pounds of mercury waste each year and is one of the largest sources of mercury discharges in Suffolk County. The grantee will also collect and recycle chair-side amalgam waste, and will train dental students regarding proper waste management and recycling practices. An annual report will highlight the measurable results of the project which can serve as a model for reducing dental mercury discharges from large public facilities.
Contact: Mark Wolff, (631) 632-8937, email@example.com
Recipient: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Office of Pollution Prevention and Release
EPA Funding: $10,000
NJDEP proposes to develop a training program targeted at publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). This training program would be designed to provide pollution prevention and source reduction technical assistance to POTWs to help them identify problem pollutants in their plant influent and to provide them with the technical expertise to work with the industries they regulate to reduce the quantities of these pollutants through P2 measures. A portion of the training will focus on regulatory integration of P2/source reduction into POTWs' pre-treatment permitting and enforcement programs. Following training, the grantee will conduct follow up surveys to quantify hazardous material reductions.
Contact: Sharon Davis, (609) 777-0518, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Office of Policy, Planning and Science
EPA Funding: $29,630
NJDEP proposes to investigate the feasibility of developing a statewide P2 management system, based on constructing an integrated energy and materials flow system model. The model, utilizing the internationally used MARKAL format, could identify P2 opportunities and develop measures of progress. The data will be identified and cataloged by energy system flow, waste water treatment flows, hazardous and solid waste flows; therefore, the data sets by themselves are a useful product even if the model itself is never constructed. The grantee will develop an inventory of data sources for baseline or reference energy flows, hazardous and municipal solid waste, and potable and industrial waste water. With respect to PBTs, the system would demonstrate the ability of a model-based system to project the major sources, flows, and sinks for such chemicals, which is an essential step in better management of these compounds.
The proposed system could generate information on major economic sectors such as agriculture, industry, etc.; therefore, it could facilitate a cross-media view of pollution generation and transport, highlighting opportunities for source reduction. A similar model is under construction in Puerto Rico with Funding from Region 2 and Metropolitan University; this can be used as a template for the New Jersey model.
Contact: William Mates, (609) 292-7692
Recipient: The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers, NJ Eco-Complex
EPA Funding: $175,000
This project will fund the design of an innovative landfill gas-to-energy recovery system at the San Juan Landfill. It will be modeled on a similar Rutgers University facility at the Burlington County Landfill that was funded by a FY '01 EPA Region 2 grant.
The San Juan facility will house a greenhouse to raise fish and grow organic vegetables, using both electricity and water. The electricity will be provided by a microturbine, which utilizes the methane recovered from the landfill. Potable water will be supplied by a desalinization unit which uses the recovered waste heat from the microturbine. Once completed, the project will be transferable to other regional landfills as an example of tropical controlled environment agriculture and aquaculture.
The Office of the Mayor of San Juan and the Solid Waste Authority of Puerto Rico have endorsed the project and may contribute toward the construction of the facility. Partners include Rutgers University, the University of Puerto Rico, University of the Virgin Islands and Metropolitan University. The facility will be designed to Energy Star building specifications.
An Environmental Management System will be developed for the facility as part of this grant. It is expected that the San Juan facility will meet or exceed the reductions associated with the Burlington County, NJ facility; specifically, they are: 460,000 pounds of CO2, 2400 pounds of SO2, 850 pounds of NOx and certain pesticide reductions.
Contact: Harry Janes, (609) 499-3600, email@example.com
Recipient: The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University School of Engineering
EPA Funding: $100,000
Rutgers University School of Engineering, working with the Plastic Lumber Trade Association, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the NJ Commission on Science and Technology, proposes to promote replacements for hazardous substance treated wood products such as arsenic and creosote treated lumber. Pressure-treated lumber is used extensively for outdoor construction and marine structures due to its resistance to rot and to attack by insects and marine life. Unfortunately this lumber contains creosote and chromated copper arsenate (CCA), a preservative that contains arsenic. These compounds are potentially hazardous to the environment; there is some concern that the arsenic could leach and cause health problems, especially among children. EPA wants to phase out the use of CCA by 2005, and manufacturers have already announced a voluntary decision to discontinue consumer sales of lumber treated with CCA.
The grantee wants to promote the acceptance and use of polymeric structural materials (PSMs) as replacements for hazardous substance treated wood in all outdoor applications, with particular focus on marine and structural applications and commercial and residential decking. The PSMs use post consumer plastics that would otherwise end up in landfills. The project will demonstrate the versatility of a plastic vehicular lumber bridge being constructed in Wharton State Forest, NJ. This bridge will utilize the first recycled immiscible polymer blend I-beams produced in the world, and will be designed to handle a 30,000 pound fire truck. During the construction of this bridge, the grant will fund outreach to scientists, architects and engineers from a variety of sources who will be invited to tour the construction site and will be sent materials describing the methods required to work successfully with PSMs.
Contact: Richard L. Lehman, (732) 445-2317, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Delaware's Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC)
EPA Funding: $80,000
DNREC will establish a one-time only small grants program. The program will be openly competitive and fund projects designed to promote pollution prevention strategies. The grants projects should encourage source reduction and actively prevent pollution using a multimedia focus. Proposals will be accepted from any State of Delaware agency. An important aspect of the grant projects should be the inclusion of environmental strategies and/or solutions that will best reduce waste generation at the source. Grant proposals will be reviewed, evaluated and prioritized by DNREC P2 Grant staff. Criteria used to assess the submitted proposals will take into consideration the FY 2002 P2 Grants Program's National Criteria. For example, each proposal should aim to:
1) Promote multimedia pollution prevention,
2) Institute a multimedia pollution prevention,
3) Advance environmental goals,
4) Promote accomplishments within the state's environmental programs,
5) Promote partnerships, and
6) Identify and measure success. Each grant project will be limited to a $25,000 expenditure cap. Requesting Agencies will be required to include matching Funding from non-Federal sources representing at least 25 percent of the overall project cost, thereby leveraging the P2 grant even further.
DNREC will prepare a Small Business Guide to the Environment. The publication will provide specific contact information and a general overview of the regulatory requirements as they apply to small businesses. However, a significant aspect of the publication will address multimedia pollution prevention solutions or activities as a guide to reduce regulatory requirements, show environmental improvements, increase cost savings and promote the prioritization of integrated environmental management. Additionally, self-audit guides and case study information will be included. The publication will be promoted and distributed through DNREC partners including but not limited to: the Delaware Business Manufacturing Partnership, the University of Delaware, the State Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center, the Delaware Economic Development Office, the City of Wilmington, and the Small Business Resources Partnership.
DNREC's P2 Advisory Committee will implement a new five year pollution prevention strategy for the Department. The strategy will expand upon the integration of pollution prevention and identifying measurable accomplishments within the State's environmental programs. The P2 Advisory Committee will establish and implement periodic measurements of success and generate a feedback mechanism to assist in the development of marketing tools for the established P2 strategy. As needed, the Department will share the strategy with key partners in and out of State government for comment and improvement. The strategy and associated findings will be posted on the Department's web site.
DNREC will provide pollution prevention assessments to businesses requesting such services. Subsequently, case studies will be developed documenting where businesses have implemented pollution prevention solutions and have shown environmental improvements and cost savings. In addition, the grantee will reprint some pamphlets and brochures, self-audit guides and other materials.
DNREC will partner with tributary action teams to design and develop and distribute educational materials intended to provide pollution prevention options, in an effort to meet water quality standards and to curb point and non-point sources of pollution in Delaware's water bodies.
DNREC will partner with the New Castle County Government and the Southbridge Task force, a local community group to alert small business of available pollution prevention technologies.
DNREC will also contact the Delaware Dental Association (DDA) in an effort to keep mercury out of the wastewater and landfills. The project will focus on capturing mercury instead of allowing it to enter the solid waste stream. With assistance from DDA, DNREC will produce a manual of best management practices and provide information on the proper disposal of mercury, amalgam and other dental office wastes. At a minimum this manual will be distributed to all dentists and dental assistance within the DDA.
DNREC will review and update the P2 web page to better serve the general public, Delaware businesses, industry, the agricultural community, and other government agencies. In addition,
DNREC will also expand its membership in the Small Business Resource partnership and provide P2 and other environmental information and assistance to small business in Delaware.
Contact: Robert Palmer, (302) 739-6400
Recipient: Catonsville Campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
EPA Funding: $19,786
CCBC will attempt to develop online environmental management systems courses targeted toward small to medium-sized businesses. To accomplish this goal the grantee will identify and research the latest trends in environmental management. The grantee will publicize the course by targeting small and medium sized businesses through their Environmental Project Network. Some representatives in the network include the National Association of Environmental Management, the National Association of Environmental Professionals and the Global Environmental Initiative, as well as environmental management staff from companies throughout Maryland and across the U.S. The course will be offered during the fall 2002 semester. CCBC's Environment Project has considerable background in developing and offering on-line courses. To date, the Environmental Project has developed five online courses including: Introduction to Science, Introduction to Environmental Science Lab, Environmental Law and Regulation, Environmental Economics, Policy and Management, and Energy and the Environment: Global Warming.
Contact: Christopher Fox, (410) 455-4538
Recipient: Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
EPA Funding: $80,000
MDE proposes to reduce the use of mercury containing products in Maryland, while continuing pollution prevention services for all industry sectors. To accomplish this the grantee will develop a Hospitals for a Healthy Environment campaign in Maryland, provide mercury reduction and outreach services to the construction industry and general public, provide on-site multimedia pollution prevention assessments, promote "Business for the Bay", a voluntary pollution prevention program for businesses located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, provide auditing services for ongoing environmental management systems project, provide pollution prevention training to MDE staff, support the Maryland Business Assistance Providers group and Maryland Pollution Prevention Partnership, and measure and publicize pollution prevention activities and results.
Contact: Laura Armstrong, (410) 631-4119, email@example.com
Recipient: Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
EPA Funding: $160,000
DEP will use all of the P2 Grant funds to support a portion of an allocation for the Pennsylvania Energy and Environmental Challenge (PEEC) Grant program. Through PEEC, DEP will better integrate pollution prevention techniques within the state of Pennsylvania. This grant program will also allow DEP to form better relationships within the business and research communities by providing opportunities for feasibility studies, training, and conduct the research to identify and implement pollution prevention projects. DEP will select PEEC grant projects utilizing feasibilities studies, training, education and outreach, demonstration projects, innovative design studies and research and development mechanisms based upon the following concentrations:
1) Sustainable use of natural resources (i.e., projects that will result in reductions of natural resource use or contamination, or reductions in the dependence on fossil fuels,
2) Climate change mitigation (i.e., reducing or mitigating the amounts and/or effect of any of the following greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbons, hydrofluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride,
3) Ground level ozone mitigation (i.e., projects that will result in reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxide and/or volatile organic compounds, particularly in metropolitan areas,
4) Enhancement of biological diversity (i.e., projects that encourage the use of ecological practices that address wetlands and land use and their affect on biological diversity. Projects may include integration of water use and land use, and the building of sustainable communities to conserve and protect natural resources, and
5) Toxics reduction in the environment (i.e., projects that will result in reduction of the use of priority persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutants (PBTs) and measurement in progress toward the national goal of reducing these chemicals in hazardous waste by 50 percent by 2005. DEP also seeks projects that accomplish a better understanding of the integration between PBTs, human health and the environment and reflect innovative approaches for removing them from the environment. All PEEC grant projects should have a pollution prevention focus and includes a mechanism for partnering with DEP.
Contact: Jeff Schaeberle, (717) 772-8948
Recipient: Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA Funding: $80,000
DEQ has proposed to continue implementing and marketing the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) - which includes coordination with EPA's Performance Track Program. Some of the things DEQ will do under this program will be to coordinate the application process of VEEP and NEPT so eligible applicants can apply to both programs simultaneously. DEQ will work with facilities to identify ways to streamline and facilitate the application process for both programs. They will provide eligible facilities the assistance necessary to apply and be evaluated expeditiously for acceptance into both programs. DEQ will develop incentives that reduce the program members' administrative burdens, such as reduced reporting and expedited permitting, where feasible, in recognition of their high levels of performance. DEQ will also seek to identify regulatory innovation opportunities that comply with State and Federal statutes and regulations. The grantee will communicate the measurable results from the VEEP and NEPT programs to the public.
DEQ will evaluate and compare pollution prevention activities, results and measurement software developed by Northwest Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA )for its usefulness and appropriateness. NEWMOA has been facilitating a project to develop and implement a set of metrics for states to use in tracking their pollution prevention and compliance assistance activities for the past four years. The database will allow northeast state programs to communicate their activities and accomplishments more effectively with state and local agencies to policy makers, improve program management, provide funders with relevant activity and outcome information, influence policy development and measure progress toward goals. The database activity measures related to the following: on-site assistance, workshops/conferences, information tools developed and information disseminated, awards/recognition programs, partnership programs, environmental management systems, interactions with other government agencies, and grants to clients. The database also tracks the outcomes related to activities revolving around environmental, behavioral and economic outcomes which include but are not limited to the following: the affect of volatile organic compound emissions, hazardous air pollutant emissions, hazardous waste generation, energy use, etc.
DEQ will continue its participation in the Virginia/DoD Pollution Prevention Partnership. DEQ
will work with partner DOD facilities to forward their environmental management system development and target technical assistance to these facilities to enable them to apply for participation in VEEP. DEP will also continue to assist and support DOD partners who have joined the Businesses for the Bay program and expand its outreach to include areas such as pollution prevention at military health clinics.
DEP will support the Virginia Pollution Prevention Advisory Committee by convening meetings and providing informational updates to the committee. DEQ will also periodically convene smaller groups composed of committee members to work on specific issues such as providing regulatory flexibility under VEEP and encouraging more participation and mentoring under the Businesses for the Bay program. In addition, DEQ will continue to its efforts to broaden the committee to more accurately reflect the Office of Pollution Prevention's audiences.
Contact: Sharon Baxter, (804) 698-4344
Recipient: Wytheville Community College, Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC)
EPA Funding: $20,000
MTC plans to educate business owners about the benefits of pollution prevention and environmental compliance. They also seek to help small and medium-sized businesses comply with environmental regulations, help them initiate pollution prevention programs, and give direct engineering and technology assistance and solutions to those businesses that are able to demonstrate positive outcomes for their pollution prevention plans. To accomplish these goals, MTC will conduct environmental education workshops for industry, provide environmental assessments, advice, and designs to small and medium-sized business across the state of Virginia (in the areas of environmental compliance, innovative technologies, grant availability, and pollution prevention), expand the usage of environmental management systems at companies by conducting environmental audits in preparation for ISO 14000 International Certifications, develop and use statewide information materials and electronic sources to promote the program, and work as a partner with the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network, the Virginia Department of Equality, regional high-tech universities such as Virginia Tech, and Virginia's A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Contact: Joanne Chance, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Executive Office of Innovation
EPA Funding: $80,000
Under this grant WVDEP will: 1) maintain its membership in the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable and participate in activities that include furthering pollution prevention technologies in all levels of government, education, industry and private sectors, 2) support activities of the Waste Reduction Resource Center (WRRC) and participate in WRRC's Advisory Board activities, 3) coordinate activities and provide pollution prevention information to Manufacturing Extension Partnership providers, industries, governmental agencies, educational institutions, interested parties in the private and public sectors upon request, 4) work with colleges and universities in incorporate pollution prevention into higher education curriculum, 5) solicit voluntary participation by industrial facilities to conduct comprehensive multimedia pollution prevention evaluation projects in conjunction with other environmental assistance providers, 6) review available literature concerning pollution prevention and prepare draft fact sheets, posters, or other educational information for publication, coordinate development of outreach materials with WVDEP Public Information Office, 7) research other state pollution prevention strategies, evaluate and develop strategies for incorporating pollution prevention into activities conducted in all offices of WVDEP through inspection, permitting, purchasing, 8) expand pollution prevention database and work with electronic information providers to incorporate data into the appropriate format, 9) conduct public outreach by preparing and providing presentation to trade organizations, other interested groups, or gathering of other state employees regarding pollution prevention, 10) identify and develop suitable methodology to analyze pollution prevention success. Incorporate specific benefits which occur as a result of assistance such as reduction of toxic materials used, minimization of waste generated, improvements in discharge characteristics- if applicable, etc., 11) develop internships to assist with the implementation of the West Virginia P2 Program, 12) provide technical assistance on WVDEP regulation to facilities or industry sector identified as priorities, and 13) conduct training for WVDEP Permitting and Enforcement staff.
Contact: Dave Bassage, (304) 926-3647 ext. 351, email@example.com
Recipient: Marshall University Research Corporation (MURC)
EPA Funding: $20,000
MURC will provide pollution prevention awareness and technical assistance to graduate level students and various small businesses predominantly within the West Virginia region. The strategy is to provide multiple means of technical assistance relevant information, and education to the targeted industry sector, working through Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering. Courses will be targeted to include pollution prevention awareness, case studies, and related information. These initial efforts will be followed by continued contact with interested facilities and also relevant materials that specifically address ideas, options, and proven technologies that the facilities may consider for review and implementation. Continued assistance will be provided throughout the performance period on an as requested basis.
Contact: George Carico, (304) 696-5456, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Alabama's Department of Environmental Management (ADEM)
EPA Funding: $60,000
ADEM's Pollution Prevention Unit will work to include the P2 activities of the Ombudsman Office and the Small Business Assistance Program into their Department by: identifying the business sectors and trade associations seeking assistance most frequently, contacting the Waste Reduction Resource Center (WRRC) to identify available resource materials, develop resource and educational materials not available through WRRC, and promote and disseminate materials through ADEM's web site, direct contacts, mailings etc.
ADEM will continue to partner with DOD and expand upon others in an effort to address the P2 needs of the public. Through this effort, ADEM will incorporate pollution prevention concepts into existing environmental publications with general public circulation. Publications from the DOD, utility organizations, local newspapers, other print media, broadcast outlets and environmental non-governmental organizations will be the focus. ADEM will distribute outreach materials to partnering organizations as appropriate.
ADEM will participate and maintain existing networks and partnerships by continuing to support with P2 assistance providers including the Waste Reduction and Technology Transfer (WRATT) Foundation, Legacy, and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and the Alabama/DOD P2 partnership
ADEM will implement a P2 Awards Program by expanding education of P2 benefits and increase participation in the regulated community. They will also coordinate the review of applications for the National Environmental Performance Track Program.FLORIDA
Recipient: Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Pollution Prevention(P2) Program
EPA Funding: $ 60,000
FDEP's P2 Program will study the environmental implications of Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. PBDEs are a class of chemical used in a variety of different commercial products, such as, electronic equipment, upholstered furniture, and building materials. While PBDE flame-retardants play a valuable role with their ability to impart fire resistance properties to products, these chemicals are being measured in increasing concentrations in human and animal tissue worldwide. Increasing concentrations of PBDEs have been measured in human mother milk, human blood serum, fish tissue, and marine mammal tissue. The goal of this project is to estimate the amount of PBDEs that enter into Florida. The estimate will be made by using predicted in-service lifetimes of the products containing PBDEs. The fate of PBDEs will be estimated based on current waste management practice in the state and information from the literature and from ongoing studies. FDEP will draft a report that provides mass-balance information on PBDEs in Florida (current and historical) and summarizes potential environmental affects and possible strategies to address the issue. Under a separate project, FDEP will develop a pilot project to integrate green engineering and pollution prevention concepts into university level curriculum. The project will initiate training in waste minimization and pollution prevention to assist university programs and adopt strategies to peak student's interests and participation in green engineering programs.
FDEP will also initiate a pilot project to create a P2 certification and awards program for hotels and motels. FDEP's plan is to create a project that will make hotels and motels more environmentally conscious about using waste reduction principles. This multimedia project will focus on air quality, water and energy conservation, and waste issues such as solid waste reduction through recycling, hazardous waste reduction through purchasing choices, and source reduction through judicious product use. This project will build upon past working relationships established during FDEP's Hotel/Motel Waste Reduction project.GEORGIA
Recipient: Georgia's Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P2AD) Mercury Waste Reduction Project
EPA Funding: $87,795
P2AD will develop mercury reduction programs for community households, universities, and hospitals. The grant recipient will also provide technical services and training to state agencies to encourage sustainable design and construction. In households P2AD will target local government recycling facilities and retail shops (e.g., pharmacies, and auto repair shops) in an effort to collect and recycle mercury containing products from households. At universities as well as colleges, P2AD will host a mercury exchange program to eliminate mercury thermometers, quantify the amount of mercury found on campuses, and create educational materials.
Within area hospitals, P2AD will hold a workshop/training course for area hospitals that will help hospitals identify sources of mercury pollution, heighten their awareness of new mercury alternatives and note the benefits of being a mercury-free hospital. In addition, P2AD, in partnership with the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) program will begin discussions with the Georgia Hospital Association to encourage hospitals to adopt the goals of the H2E program. The grantee and H2E staff will conduct audits of several healthcare facilities in Georgia to identify and quantify the amount of mercury within each institution. P2AD is noted as a H2E Program "Champion."
P2AD will also work with state agencies to investigate the feasibility of incorporating sustainable design and construction in state construction projects using the U.S. Green Building Council's green certification program, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED as a framework.
P2 AD will partner with the Department of Education, school districts, individual schools, and teachers to develop a mercury collection program in metro Atlanta schools. P2 AD will assist area schools by identifying their mercury sources and documenting the amount of mercury they have on-site. Once the mercury is identified and quantified, P2 AD will appoint an environmental contractor to come to the schools, to collect, package, transport, and recycle the mercury. If successful, the grantee hopes to spread the program throughout the state and begin to provide training and continuing education credit for teachers.
Recipient: Kentucky's Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP)
Total EPA Funding: $109,140
KDEP in cooperation with the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) will develop and implement the Kentucky Metal Finishing Initiative to improve the use of P2 technologies in the metal finishing industry. The grantee will work with industries and their vendors to conduct demonstrations an pilot projects at the plants to illustrate the benefits of implementing proven P2 technologies.
KPPC has also developed a Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program (KEEP) to provide Kentucky organizations (i.e., state businesses and federal communities) with energy efficiency assessments. The assessments will provide training, financial analysis, assistance with equipment purchasing and will identify the newest available energy technologies.
KPPC will develop a program to reduce mercury in local watersheds from institutional, industrial, commercial, and residential sources. The program will attempt to reduce the sources and/or releases of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) contaminants and meet the goal of reducing mercury in schools that are located within the EPA Region 4 area. The project will:1) review mercury water quality criterion using pollution prevention measures and other mechanisms to reduce mercury levels, 2) pursue voluntary reductions in industrial use and release and 3) support regional, state, and local actions by providing assistance to publicly owned treatment work facilities.
Recipient: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
EPA Funding: $60,000
MDEQ will continue to provide technical assistance and technology transfer options to industries, businesses, municipalities, county state offices, and the general public. To accomplish this goal MDEQ will analyze Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data, pollution prevention plans, certified reports, and hazardous waste generation reports to better target outreach and technical assistance opportunities. The grantee's goal is to review the 1999 EPA annual TRI report and produce a report that delineates by industry persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals reported. In relation to this effort, MDEQ's Environmental Resource Center (ERC) will review and evaluate PBT contaminants in Mississippi. MDEQ/ERC will investigate the possibilities of initiatives to identify and reduce sources or releases of PBT contaminants with an emphasis placed on mercury.
The grantee will also provide pollution prevention analysis to help business and industry identify and analyze which P2 methods best reduce and minimize waste. In a related effort, MDEQ will continue to assist their small business ombudsman and regulatory programs by providing technical and technology transfer assistance. The grantee hopes these efforts will enhance their P2 Program, Small Business Assistance Program, and regulatory programs. In addition, MDEQ will assist industry and business form pollution prevention teams and/or programs, and assist industries, businesses, local governments and citizens practice source reduction and recycling.
MDEQ further expects to provide greater pollution prevention assistance for Mississippian's by continuing to participate in state, regional and national regulatory, P2 and compliance meetings.
The grantee will hold a conference on P2 in conjunction with EPA and the U.S. Department of Defense, and will coordinate with area governmental and non-governmental organizations to institutionalize multimedia pollution prevention management priorities.
Recipient: North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
Total EPA Funding: $61,500
The North Carolina DENR has implemented an Environmental Stewardship initiative designed to promote and encourage superior environmental performance by North Carolina's regulated community. This multi-divisional effort is being led by the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance (DPPEA). Under this initiative incentives and recognition activities will be established to develop and implement programs that use pollution prevention and innovative to exceed regulatory requirements. There are two tiers of participation in this voluntary program. Participation that occurs at the first tier or "Environmental Partner" level, is designed for organizations that are interested in beginning the process of developing a systematic approach toward improving their environmental performance. Environmental Partners are required to establish an environmental management system and will receive technical assistance for developing an EMS which may include on-site visits and workshops.
Organizations can also participate in the second tier by becoming an Environmental Steward. To be an Environmental Steward organizations must show a commitment toward adopting environmental performance technology that goes beyond what is required by law. Stewards must also set aggressive environmental performance goals that include pollution prevention, commitment to exceed compliance and provide annual improvements to performance. Participants are expected to have an EMS in place, no significant violations in the preceding two years, open communication with the local community on program activities and progress towards performance goals. Participants are also expected to integrate EMSs into their core business functions and be willing to be a mentor to the Partners. The North Carolina DENR will implement these program objectives by expanding their partnering networks, developing and implementing state environmental goals and participating in state and regional meetings concerning regulatory pollution prevention and/or compliance assistance programs.
DENR will assist the town of Cary, North Carolina expand its water conservation program. Over the last ten years, the Town's population has more than doubled which has put a heavy burden on the Town's water supply. As a result, the Town created a water conservation program, which has two focus areas: reducing peak day demand and reducing per capita water consumption by 20 percent by the year 2015. The program staff uses a multifaceted management approach with voluntary, incentive and regulatory mechanism to address both supply-side and demand-side conservation. Through the program the Town has created a utility billing system that links landscape size to the evapotranspiration (Et) rate to create site-specific water allocations for the largest commercial irrigation customers. Grant Funding will help the town of Cary purchase an Et rate monitoring station that will be used to collect real-time weather data, calculate the daily Et rate, and link the information to the Town's website and the utility billing system. This real-time information will create a system that enhances the current water allocation program and will further encourage commercial irrigation customers to use water based on real-time weather conditions. Disseminating this information over the Town's web page will also encourage single family residential customers to water their yards based on actual was needs, as opposed to a pre-set irrigation schedule.
Recipient: South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
Total EPA Funding: $80,195
DHEC Center for Waste Minimization (CWM) will advance pollution prevention by: 1) continuing to solicit requests for waste assessments from the three media bureaus of DHEC: the Bureau of Air Quality, the Bureau of Water, and the Bureau of Land and Waste Management, 2) continuing to build upon old partnerships as well as form new ones that encourage pollution prevention, and 3) launching an annual voluntary follow-up survey. CWM will request information from recipients who have found pollution prevention and waste minimization to be productive vehicles. Information will also be requested on advances in environmental management programs resulting from pollution prevented, wastes minimized and costs avoided beyond that recommended by the CWM. In their initial survey, CWM received data from participants on changes in environmental management practices, reductions in waste management expenses, reductions in the use of hazardous raw materials, reduction in the release of contaminants to the air, soil and water, reductions in energy consumption, and reductions in accidental releases; as well as increases
The Center for Environmental Policy at the University of South Carolina's Institute for Public Service and Policy Research will assist South Carolina's DHEC to promote and implement South Carolina's Environmental Innovations Pilot Program. Modeled after the Wisconsin Environmental Cooperation Pilot Program, DHEC will work with facilities that are proven environmental leaders to test alternative regulatory approaches that currently may not be authorized by South Carolina law. The goal of the program is to achieve greater environmental benefits for industrial facilities by integrating pollution prevention technologies, environmental management systems, and other technological innovations. The grantee hopes this effort will allow facilities greater flexibility in meeting their regulatory requirements. Specifically, the pilot program will provide: 1) information and outreach about the program to South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP) member companies, 2) assist DHEC in the initial review of the draft cooperative agreements submitted by the facilities seeking to participate in the program, 3) ensure that SCEEP criteria are met, 4) include validation of pollution prevention activities and environmental management systems, 5) assist in the on-going evaluation of the pilot program to determine whether demonstrated environmental innovation warrant broader regulatory changes, changes in the agency's permitting or operating procedures, 6) conduct semi-annual forums for companies to participate in sharing pollution prevention successes, 7) address concerns, and facilitate dialogue between DHEC and the regulatory community, and 8) develop metrics based on environmental outcomes and performance to measure the overall improvements that have been implemented by SCEEP members. In addition, DHEC will publish a report based on results described in SCEEP applications.
Recipient: Tennessee's Department of the Environment and Conservation (TDEC)
EPA Funding: $60,000
TDEC will establish partnerships with consultants, industry, educational institutions, other state and federal agencies, and conservation groups to promote waste minimization, natural resource and energy conservation, and public awareness of pollution prevention. TDEC will also seek to assist Tennessee state departments implement their pollution prevention activities, and maximize participation in the Tennessee Pollution prevention Roundtable and the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership. TDEC will further develop and recommend incentives to businesses, industries and schools in Tennessee that encourage effective conservation, reduction, recycling and/or waste minimization programs. In addition, TDEC will support and partner with the state Small Business Assistance program to promote the activities of EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) program.
C ontact: Karen Grubbs, (615) 532-0095
Recipient: Illinois EPA, Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC)
EPA Funding: $90,000
Illinois EPA will partner with printed wire board (PWB) facilities in the Chicago area to adopt P2 technologies and best management practices. The purpose of the project is to facilitate the adoption of pollution prevention by the PWB sector in Illinois through demonstrations, training, and on-site pilot projects. The printed wiring board manufacturing process involves plating and etching copper, tin/lead solder and gold onto the form baseboards. Both manual and automated processes are used to produce single-sided, double-sided and multi-layered printed wiring boards through a series of selective cleaning, screen printing, masking, plating, and etching steps, each of which involves metal-containing solutions or solvents. All of these processes lend themselves to pollution prevention practices. The project will utilize WMRC's technical assistance mode, commonly referred to as Accelerated Diffusion of P2 Technologies, (ADOP²T). This model has been designed to improve the diffusion of innovative P2 practices. This approach will provide practical on-site information needed to influence facility decisions to adopt P2 as a standard operating practice.
Contact: Kevin Greene, (217) 785-0833, email@example.com
Recipient: Purdue University, Indiana Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute (CMTI)
EPA Funding: $112,522
CMTI has six goals that it seeks to meet in order to advance pollution prevention within the state of Indiana. CMTI will: 1) promote multimedia pollution prevention strategies to Indiana's metal finishing industry, 2) provide technical assistance in clean manufacturing to the Industrial and Commercial Machinery sector to reduce pollutants in wastewater discharges and improve metal removal through recycling initiatives, 3) adopt a storm water P2 planning model, by providing technical assistance to small manufacturing facilities, 4) assist the steel and petro-chemical industries adopt environmental management systems, 5) advance state environmental goals, and
6) create a plan for reducing persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic contaminants.
Contact: Lynn Corson, (765) 463-4749, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Environmental Assistance Division (EAD)
EPA Funding: $88,957
Michigan's DEQ-EAD will work with health care partners throughout the state of Michigan to attain mercury and waste reduction goals established by the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) program. The project will emphasize the value of P2 assistance available to health care facilities throughout the state. The goal of the project is to educate the health care industry on using P2 techniques and reducing the amount of waste generated and released by the industry. To accomplish this mission, EAD will disseminate technical P2 tools currently available, as well as develop additional P2 tools for the health care industry. The project will also focus on informing the healthcare industry about using sound product alternatives that limit the use of bioaccumulative chemicals of concern through fact sheets, web sites, listserves, and workshops. The overall project will provide assistance to hospitals, nursing homes, veterinary clinics, medical offices, urgent care facilities and other health care operations. In addition, EAD will leverage efforts by contracting with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program to provide a trainer instructor session to assessors in Michigan's Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program. The training builds on the extensive knowledge of waste reduction and energy efficiency that the Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) assessors already possess, and will concentrate on specific P2 opportunities for the health care industry. This will allow a specially trained team of RETAP assessors to use their expertise to facilitate P2 within the health care sector. A select number of health care facilities requesting to participate in this project and share conclusions will receive on-site P2 assessments.
Contact: Anita Welch, (517)335-2356, email@example.com
Recipient: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Water Quality Division
EPA Funding: $93,000
MPCA will increase partnerships and initiatives to more effectively integrate pollution prevention techniques into their state programs. To accomplish these goals MPCA initiate the following:
1) MPCA will partner with the Minnesota Erosion Control Association, to assist three small rural communities reduce non-point source water pollution. MPCA will use techniques based on conservation design,
2) To improve air quality, MPCA will partner with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) to educate selected staff on conducting more thorough site visits and assessments of combustion related pollutants and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals. This task will utilize energy conservation and alternate energy sources,
3) MPCA will integrate pollution prevention and sustainable tools into environmental programs. This project will address real-time needs and produce measurable results,
4) MPCA will offer a series of presentations to Minnesota's Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA), MnTAP, and MPCA staff on how to apply pollution prevention and sustainability principles and tools, and
5) MPCA will monitor various program development initiatives in the attempts of targeting regulatory pollution prevention integration activities.
Contact: Cindy Hilmoe (651)-296-7783, firstname.lastname@example.orgOHIO
Recipient: University of Toledo
EPA Funding: $89,150
The University of Toledo, in partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's, Office of Pollution Prevention and Small Business Assistance Program, the Ohio Department of Development - Edison Centers and Office of Energy Efficiency, the NIST manufacturing extension centers, the Small Business Development Center and other groups from across the state will provide technical assistance to small and medium-sized manufactures. The objective is to prescribe multimedia pollution prevention and energy efficiency techniques that businesses can use to implement source reduction.
To accomplish this goal the University will initiate the following tasks:
1) EISC, a Thomas Edison Technology Center, in cooperation with the University will ensure the continuation of the Ohio State Environmental Network (OSEN), a service network that provides environmental assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers. The grantee will keep up the momentum of the network by hosting periodic meetings, ensuring ongoing communication among OSEN participants, and coordinating periodic training events. In addition, the Ohio EPA Office of P2 will continue to provide support to the OSEN web site, list server and continue to participate in all OSEN functions.
2) Host educational workshops for small to medium-sized manufacturing companies. The workshops will fall under various topics focusing on: pollution prevention techniques and resources, energy efficiency and pollution prevention opportunities for manufacturers, introduction to lean manufacturing practices, pollution prevention using environmental management systems based on ISO 14000, and green engineering and persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemical pollution prevention assessments.
3) The grantee and its partners will conduct nine pollution prevention assessments to assist manufactures in:
- Environmental, Energy, and Manufacturing Assessment or Implementation,
- Assessment and Reduction of PBT chemicals,
- Lean Manufacturing Implementation,
- EMS ISO 14000, Gap Analysis or Implementation
- Energy Efficiency Assessment or Implementation,
- Re-manufacturing for Pollution Prevention, and
- Sustainable Development using Pollution Prevention.
The use of these assessments will enable the manufacturer to decrease costs and increase its bottom line. Companies that have PBT chemicals will be given priority to receive the assessments. The grantee expects that at least 40 percent of the assessments will have PBT chemicals as a major component. All companies will be required to match Fundingg (50% or more) in order to participate. The University will oversee the data analysis of the assessments and will use environmental severity indicators, including but not limited to: risks due to releases, toxicity of waste, types of chemicals, and the global waste index. The indicators will help in quantifying the environmental results of the project. In addition, the University will maintain a web site that incorporates user-friendly versions of the assessments.
Contact: Dr. Ashok Kumar, (419) 530-8136, email@example.com
Recipient: State of Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
EPA Funding: $105,000
The Wisconsin DNR has proposed two pollution prevention projects as a result of a focused effort with the state P2 partners. The first project is specifically targeted at reducing hazardous air pollutants within the small business community. This effort is being launched in part because of an impending rule which will add approximately 164 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) to an existing list of several hundred currently regulated by law. In addition, state efforts are prompting reporting thresholds are to be lowered for many of the HAPs. To aid the small business community, the Wisconsin DNR has proposed to eliminate and/or reduce HAPs through pollution prevention technologies. The goal is to introduce the use of new materials, technologies, equipment or processes which can eliminate and/or reduce the use of HAPs. This will be accomplished through a broad education and assistance program. In addition, the Wisconsin DNR will encourage current air permit holders to consider the use of next generation materials, technologies, equipment or processes to help them reduce their total annual air emissions inventory.
Under their second project, the Wisconsin DNR will attempt to integrate pollution prevention technologies into agriculture chemical facilities. The goal is to adopt better management practices through a voluntary, incentive-driven program for retail crop protection dealers. If successful this project model could expand to lawn care, turf management, and other sectors, as well as to other states.
Both projects will emphasize source reduction through pollution prevention and will address source reduction of persistent bioaccumulative toxic pollutant chemicals and other potentially harmful pollutants.
Recipient: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
EPA Funding: $35,000
ADEQ will initiate three projects. The first will establish a Pollution Prevention Steering Committee that will develop viable strategies to deliver comprehensive and coordinated P2 assistance state-wide, including but not limited to: (1) creating a P2 planning document, (2) fostering greater awareness of Arkansas' Pollution Prevention Act and how it specifically related to ADEQ programs, (3) developing a P2 web page on the ADEQ web site, and (4) beginning to track ADEQ P2 efforts, such as pretreatment workshops, and special environmental projects through the use of P2 metrics.
The second project will establish an environmental management system (EMS) equivalent to ISO 14001. By implementing an EMS, ADEQ expects to improve their image as a regulatory agency by setting an example for others. The organization hopes to realize financial savings through improved efficiency, achieving waste reduction minimization, attaining heightened employee environmental awareness, improving partnerships, becoming recognized as an environmental responsible entity, promoting wider adoption of EMSs within the Arkansas business and industrial community, improving communication, cooperation and collaboration among the different divisions within ADEQ, and enhancing credibility with the public, state officials and the state Legislature.
In addition, ADEQ will partner with Metroplan, a council of local governments representing four counties and nineteen cities in the metro area, to address pollution prevention and ozone depletion in the Little Rock-North Little Rock Metropolitan area. ADEQ will implement an Ozone Flex Agreement intended to reduce ozone depleting substances such as volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).
Contact: Cynthia Ragan, (501) 682-0015
Recipient: New Mexico's Environment Department (NMED)
EPA Funding: $115,000
NMED will create three projects using pollution prevention concepts applied in their Green Zia Program. Green Zia is a P2 program that attempts to integrating environmental decision-making into core business practices. In the first project, NMED will supply compliance assistance through pollution prevention to small businesses. To accomplish this, NMED will research other small business compliance assistance programs and complete a gap analysis of current NMED compliance assistance activities. Additional research will be gathered from other small business green star programs and develop an addition to the present Green Zia program that will be geared toward small businesses with less than 25 employees. There will also be a recognition program developed based on the number and quality of P2 opportunities implemented by the organizations. The second project will involve Green Zia training for a select number of New Mexico communities focusing on a broad range of community issues involving eco-efficiency, industrial ecology, sustainable development and environmental justice. For their third project, NMED will support outreach and technical assistance to very small businesses (i.e., 25 employees or less) and area communities. NMED will print training materials, advertise successes, acknowledge successful Green Zia small business participants and market the Green Zia very small business program and community training.
Contact: Dave Wunker, (505) 827-2855, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Regents of New Mexico State University
EPA Funding: $74,993
The Waste Management Education and Resource Consortium, more commonly known as WERC, will continue to provide businesses, industry and communities with on-site assessments, recommendations for improvement and workshops on pollution prevention and energy efficiency, through its Pollution Prevention Technical Resources Center, Industrial Affiliates Program, and its governmental and non-governmental partnerships. Attempts will be made to target businesses in demographically diverse and under served regions of New Mexico including minority-owned and Native American businesses.
In a separate effort, WERC will provide pollution prevention outreach and training to the New Mexico dental industry. WERC's P2 staff will organize three workshops to be held in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. The half-day seminars will provide an overview of dental facility pollution prevention with an emphasis on mercury and silver reduction, decreasing dental care industry waste volume, minimizing the production of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic pollutants, improving waste stream segregation, and reducing waste management costs. In addition, WERC professional staff and other appropriate partners will receive training to conduct future outreach and follow-up in their areas of influence.
WERC and the city of Albuquerque will continue to assist the dental industry by sampling wastewaters collected from system-wide sub-basins at several dental office complexes in order to monitor changed in discharged mercury and silver over time. Albuquerque plans to collect approximately 72 samples. Results of the study will be evaluated in order to address pollution prevention opportunities in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. In addition, new amalgam capture equipment will be provided on a free loan basis to participating dental offices statewide; results from use of this equipment will be available for dental case studies.
WERC and the city of Albuquerque will also continue to survey local automotive repair and body shops, jewelry production and health care facilities to monitor knowledge, attitudes and acceptance of best management practices. In the case of dental offices, special attention will be paid to wastewater results before and following training workshops.
In addition, WERC will continue to produce and distribute educational material related to pollution prevention in New Mexico. This will using New Mexico State University's CENTRA broadcasts as a tool for delivering educational material to traditionally under served regions of the state. In addition, WERC and the city of Albuquerque will produce and distribute a Guideline for Pollution Prevention in Dental Offices document with best management practices.
Contact: Norma Ledesma, (505) 646-2386, email@example.com
Recipient: Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC)
EPA Funding: $137,500
TNRCC will promote clean air through energy efficiency and pollution prevention. To accomplish this goal, the grantee will integrate energy efficiency assistance into the TNRCC's Site Assistance Visits, promote energy efficiency and P2 by reducing NOX, VOC and greenhouse gas emissions, promote State Implementation Plan credits for energy efficiency, support the statewide 5 percent energy conservation goal mandated for local governments, and establish partnerships to demonstrate and promote commercialization of energy efficiency technologies.
Second, TNRCC will support sustainable agriculture in the lower Rio Grande Valley border region. This project will decrease chemical and pesticide use and disposal, improve water quality and promote voluntary pollution prevention through the use of alternative farming practices, such as integrated pest management, alternatives/reductions to pesticides and chemicals, crop rotation, composting, and habitat preservation among regional growers. TNRCC will conduct technical assistance, develop partnerships, and conduct demonstration projects that identify practices which reduce the environmental affects of agriculture on the Rio Grande River flowing toward the Gulf of Mexico.
TNRCC also aims to promote voluntary pollution prevention by decreasing the number of sanitary sewer overflows in the state of Texas. These overflows can potentially affect the public drinking water supplies. Furthermore, TNRCC will attempt to reduce mercury equipment use by providing technical assistance to the regulated community, including hospitals, universities, dental offices, municipal solid waste landfill and incinerator operations.
Contact: Ken Zarker, (512) 239-3145
Recipient: University of Texas System (UTS)
EPA Funding: $51,835
UTS will hold demonstration projects addressing the elimination of mercury containing devices at University of Texas institutions, such as, academic, medical dental and health research fields. Additionally, a mercury free demonstration project will be held at local industrial plants. Any replaced mercury devices will be sent to a licensed mercury recycling facility instead of the State surplus program, thereby ending the devices use in Texas commerce. UTS will also develop an environmentally preferable purchasing policy (EPPP) for alternatives to mercury containing thermometers, sphygmomanometers, manometers and other physical plant switches and devices. This policy will be used as a model for other projects that will be offered to fifteen additional UTS institutions, and to the State Higher Education Purchasing Consortium for adoption consideration. Distribution of project information, including the EPPP by the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) at UT-El Paso, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and UTS will help in the development of a statewide mercury elimination policy for public and private entities.
Contact: Jackie Ploch, (512) 499-4746
Recipient: Railroad Commission (RRC) of Texas
EPA Funding: $64,295
RRC will provide assistance to railroad operators by supplying them with the most current oil and gas waste minimization techniques available. Specifically, the project will emphasize source reduction technologies which can result in pollution prevention. To accomplish this goal, RRC will continue to distribute waste minimization pamphlets to oil and gas operators in the field, particularly those operators in greatest need of waste minimization assistance. In addition, RRC will update and improve accessibility to waste minimization assistance via their web site, provide assistance to the Southwest Pollution Prevention Information Center (the P2Rx regional site), and present a waste minimization presentation at each of the five RRC Water Protection Seminars during each fiscal year. The seminars are designed to educate operators in waste management regulation and improved waste management methods. The goal of the seminars is to improve regulatory compliance and reduce incidents of pollution. The tasks of this project will address all media (i.e., air, water and waste) and all potential pollution sources, including persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic pollutants, such as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls which were commonly used in past oil and gas operations.
Contact: Bart Simms, (512) 463-5405, firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Seni, (512) 475-4439
Recipient: Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC), University of Northern Iowa
EPA Funding: $179,000
The IWRC is marketed as a free, confidential, non-regulatory organization that helps small businesses assess their environmental practices. In an effort to more market its services to the small business community, IWRC will enlist the help of a trusted third party within the small business community. The third party will consist of local economic development groups and will introduce the services of the IWRC and encourage small businesses and community hospitals to utilize them. IWRC will also seek to improve pollution prevention implementation and compliance at small businesses in selected communities, develop a community environmental baseline measurement protocol, identify opportunities for common training, recycling, and hazardous waste management needs among a community's small businesses, educate school children about pollution prevention, and aim to reduce mercury in the community by working with community hospitals.
Contact: John Konefes, (319) 273-8905, email@example.com
Recipient: Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
EPA funding: $46,116
IDNR intends to reevaluate how they have delivered on-site technical assistance, test new delivery and data collection methods, and standardize those practices and procedures that work best. To accomplish these tasks, IDNR will first set out to improve customer service and enhance IDNR's ability to track the environmental and economic outcome of the services. To do this, they will use environmental management systems (EMS) training to increase staff capabilities and then provide a more flexible and comprehensive service package to meet the needs of the organizations being assisted. The final objective is to move a selected organization from non-compliance toward adopting sustainable business practices. IDNR will accomplish this by collecting and evaluating environmental and economic data on various implemented approaches and improving procedures and methodologies based on the data.
Contact: Scott Vander Hart, (515) 281-6275, firstname.lastname@example.orgKANSAS
Recipient: Kansas Department of Heath and Environment (KDHE)
EPA Funding: $158,468
KDHE will partner with targeted industries to develop a comprehensive assistance program that will educate Kansas businesses and industries on pollution prevention technologies. The grantee will utilize Kansas State University's Pollution Prevention Institute to provide free and confidential services. The project's goal is to educate hospitals, agricultural facilities, farmers and businesses prevent pollution before it is generated; assist college/universities in promoting pollution prevention, and reduce energy use and encourage water conservation through researched, effective methodologies. Specifically, KDHE will develop two case studies for hospitals that will provide information on reducing PBTs, energy and water conservation, and waste reduction. KDHE will also develop a checklist for agricultural businesses that will be distributed through trade associations to reach at least 600 of the 1800 members, improve irrigation methods through the enhancement of existing software, develop fact sheets for colleges and universities on complying with environmental health and safety standards, analyze and quantify the environmental, economic and energy related affects associated with using various renewable energy resources with emphasis on emission reduction, and assist businesses with P2 technologies.
Contact: Theresa Hodges, (785) 296-5572, email@example.com
Recipient: Missouri's Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
EPA Funding: $95,384
MDNR seeks to maintain core pollution prevention activities and continue an extensive regulatory integration project within the department's environmental quality programs and regional offices. Specifically, MDNR seeks to accomplish these goals by: (1) promoting environmental managements systems through the department, (2) maintaining the quality of Missouri's data collection, data analysis, and data system reporting capabilities of environmental programs by developing measurement criteria for the services delivered to citizens, communities, and businesses in the state, (3) addressing the reduction, control and monitoring of releases of toxic chemicals, with emphasis on PBT chemicals, through efforts with Missouri industries, and (4) promoting environmentally preferable purchasing within the department's divisions and programs, and other units of government.
Contact: David Goggins, (573) 526-6627
Recipient: Montana State University Extension Service, Montana Pollution Prevention Program
EPA Funding: $101,178
The grantee will partner with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Pollution Prevention Bureau and the Montana Pollution Prevention Program Board of Advisors to help a comprehensive pollution prevention effort throughout the state of Montana. To accomplish this goal the grantee and its partners will: 1) Reassess Montana's Pollution Prevention Strategic Plan by surveying residents as well as Montana environmental regulatory agencies and small business assistance providers to determine pollution prevention perceptions, needs and emphasis, and meet with the Montana Pollution Prevention Program Board of Advisors, 2) Enhance small business contacts and collaborations by developing a MT P2 resources CD Rom, 3) Promote Montana's EcoStar Recognition Program, a program which recognizes small businesses for their "beyond the minimum required" waste minimization, resource conservation, and employee safety practices. 4) Promote the Montana Material Exchange Program, 5) Provide pollution prevention technical assistance to the hospitality, vehicle, dry-cleaning and aviation industry, 6) Develop a used oil recycling program to remove stockpiled used oil from agricultural areas. The project will emphasize pollution prevention aspects of vehicle maintenance to farm and ranch operators, particularly providing information on proper chemical use, hazardous alternatives, alternative fuels, and extended-life programs for oils and lubricants, 7) Provide pollution prevention consumer awareness, and 8) Provide copies of their Pollution Prevention Guidebook for Montana Local Governments to county and city government representatives.
Contact: Dr. Michael Vogel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH)
EPA Funding: $25,000
NDDH will increase pollution prevention awareness in North Dakota by emphasizing the need for the general public, business, industry, and agricultural related groups to become actively involved in seeking out and applying pollution prevention solutions. To accomplish this goal NDDH will: 1) Develop a network composed of non-profit, business and community groups, and agencies to disseminate information about pollution prevention, 2) Strength the pollution prevention educational program within North Dakota's agricultural community. The grantee will do this by seeking to reduce the contamination of the state's water resources from agricultural and livestock waste products by stimulating businesses and agricultural operators to rely on the use of waste materials and manure as a nutrient resource, and 3) Develop and implement pollution prevention management plans within regulated and non-regulated organizations.
Recipient: South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
EPA Funding: $80,379
DENR will provide pollution prevention information and cost effective source reduction strategies by: 1) Producing and distributing a booklet that provides consumers with source reduction alternatives for the home. The booklet will provide consumers with source reduction alternatives that minimize the use of and need to dispose of unused/unuseable household hazardous substances, 2) Developing and implementing a pollution prevention program for rural developments and small acreages, 3) Developing a South Dakota web site as a source reduction information transfer and technical assistance tool, marketing source reduction as the preferred environmental strategy, and 4) Providing technical assistance to the state's agriculture and business sectors.
Contact: Dr. Dennis Clarke (605) 773-4254
Recipient: Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Pollution Prevention Program
EPA Funding: $100,000
CDPHE will continue to provide technical assistance and consumer information on pollution prevention to businesses, government, and individuals by: 1) Completing a voluntary best management practices initiative with the Colorado Mining Industry, 2) Promoting energy efficiency renewables by coordinating with the Office of Energy Management, Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and participate in the energy education and outreach project that will develop materials that emphasize steps consumers can take to reduce energy usage, 3) Continue to refine and implement the multimedia persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic strategy and support the Envision mercury project to ensure multimedia pollution prevention remains the primary method of removing mercury from Colorado's environment, 4) Continue to provide support to CDPHE's COMPASS pilot project. The grantee will conduct a second set of site visits and document the improvements, 5) Promote multimedia pollution prevention measures for the agricultural industry, 6) Work with other environmental divisions to develop environmental indicators to measure the benefits of enforcement activities, 7) Select at least one other sector to work with on a multimedia basis to develop a compliance assurance project, that will include the development of an environmental management (EMS) template and training materials, 8) Provide ongoing consultation to compliance staff on P4 permits, Supplemental Environmental Projects and other regulatory innovations as requested, 9) Work towards a greening state government policy, that may include a water conservation effort, a waste analysis reduction program, or CDHE becoming an EnergyStar partner, 10)Work with the Air Pollution Control Division to develop, obtain approval for, and implement a general permit that allows a source with a Division-approved EMS to begin construction immediately, and 11) Develop a self-reporting program that includes providing pollution prevention information to hazardous waste sources.
Contact: Jill Cooper, (303) 692-3269, email@example.com
Recipient: Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ)
The UDEQ will implement several projects that are either new or ongoing. These projects comprise a broad range of initiatives such as: 1) developing best management practices for ski resorts, golf courses, and the construction and lodging industry, 2) developing a performance track program, 3) providing small business assistance, 4) promoting reduction of vehicle use through the "Spare the Air" program, and 5) providing community based environmental protection, and providing P2 guidance for used oil, 6) providing environmental education, opportunities for source reduction, technical expertise to new businesses, 7) providing Tribal communities with environmental technical assistance, 8) presenting media specific regulatory updates on air, water quality, drinking water, and solid and hazardous waste, 9) providing regional coordination and technical assistance and outreach to the public, 10) analyzing data collected from supplemental environmental plans, other P2 projects (that are not Pollution Prevention Grant related), as well as ongoing Pollution Prevention Grant projects, and 11) continuing to update and maintain both UDEQ's Internet homepage and library resources.
Contact: Sonja Wallace, (801) 536-4477
Recipient: Wyoming's Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ)
WDEQ will partially fund the University of Wyoming, School of Engineering effort to develop an alternative fueled powered snowmobile. The alternative snowmobile will be entered into the Clean Snowmobile Challenge in 2003. Traditional snowmobiles are powered by two-stroke engines that operate well in sub-zero temperatures but are inherently polluting to the environment. Carbon monoxide (CO), unburned hydrocarbon (UHC), and other particulate matter are reported to be much higher from two-stroke snowmobiles engines than from other off-highway engines. The U.S. EPA has promulgated rules that will implement national standards for snowmobiles emissions beginning in 2003. Additionally, the National Park Service has announced intentions to limit snowmobile usage in national parks, particularly Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks located in Wyoming, due to poor air quality and other environmental concerns. The University hopes that the research gained from participating in this competition will advance environmentally preferable fuel options. The University will prepare a technical report describing the results of the emission testing portion of the competition as well as the modifications made to the snowmobile. This analysis will be published and made available to the public via the Society of Automotive Engineers and the University of Wyoming web site as well as through the WDEQ Pollution Prevention Program.
In a separate project, WDEQ will continue work with the Mid-Atlantic manufacturing Technology Center to assist small businesses identify and implement pollution prevention practices. In a third project, WDEQ will work with local and state governments, school districts, private citizens, and businesses represented by the Teton County Air Quality Group, the Institute of Science, Ecology, and the Environment (ISEE), and the WDEQ P2 program to reduce particulate matter and Benzo(a)pyrenes, dioxins, and furans emitted from trash and wood burning. In addition, WDEQ will assess the proper use, storage, disposal and purchasing of chemicals from school laboratories throughout the state of Wyoming.
Contact: Dennis Hemmer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Waste Programs Division
EPA Funding: $80,000
The Department will partner with the Maricopa County, the Automotive Association of Arizona, and the Rocky Mountain Fleet Managers Association to establish a Green Business Program to assist Arizona's automotive service sector. The program will identify automotive facilities that adopt pollution prevention best management practices and will certify those facilities which go beyond environmental compliance by preventing pollution or conserving resources. The certification will be administered by a non-profit organization designated during the development of the program. In a related effort the Department will use the Green Business Program to target Arizona's boating and marina sector. Outreach initiatives will include workshops and on-site visiting using ADEQ's BMP for marinas.
The Department will also develop a recognition program for businesses that meet requirements adopted in September 2002. The recognition may include a certificate, window sticker, or plaque possibly presented in a public forum. The grantee will also include Fundingg for a Green Business Gazette that will be published quarterly by the Maricopa County SBEAP to highlight and recognize green facilities statewide and to promote the Green Business Program. The Gazette will be provided electronically, with hard copies only for facilities that request them. The purpose of the Gazette is to publicize and encourage participation.
The Department will also survey area schools to determine the sources of mercury present, the level of awareness among school staff, and types of assistance schools would like toward the goal of reducing or eliminating the presence of mercury. The second phase of the project will examine the results of the survey and determine what can be done to address the school needs, if any, by creating workshops, brochures etc.CALIFORNIA
Recipient: California Air Resources Board (ARB)
EPA Funding: $73,500
ARB will evaluate the effectiveness and health affects of new and emerging textile cleaning solvents and/or technologies that may supplement or replace perchloroethylene (perc) solvent use in the drycleaning industry. ARB would use the information obtained from the assessment to guide their multimedia pollution prevention efforts. Particular efforts may include facility outreach, local air district guidance, and regulatory development. Expected results include decreased emissions of volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants, thus reducing worker exposure, community health affects, soil and ground and/or waste water contamination. ARB will identify textile cleaning equipment based upon alternative cleaning solvents and technologies, set up the equipment, and assess its effectiveness and health affects. The results of the project would assist drycleaners primarily located in the South Coast Air Basin, in choosing the best alternative if perc is phased out. The results will also support any further rule-making that ARB may decide to undertake for this industry. The technology assessment will be conducted by the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA) in consultation with ARB. IRTA also plans to partner with the California Department of Health Services, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Los Angeles County Sanitation District and Southern California Edison. These agencies have pledged to partner with IRTA in identifying the health, hazardous waste, ground/waste water, and energy benefits and hazards of the various technologies. After the assessment, these agencies will assist IRTA and the ARB in dissemination this information to drycleaning facilities and regulatory agencies.
Contact: Mark Williams, (916) 327-5633, email@example.com
Recipient: California's Air Resources Board (ARB)
EPA Funding: $42,850
ARB will launch an automotive refinishing pollution prevention outreach program aimed at decreasing environmental affects from automotive refinishing operation by providing hands-on spray technique training and innovative pollution prevention technology in low-income, minority communities in California. In addition to decreasing environmental affects in these neighborhoods, ARB will seek to increase awareness and acceptance of the positive benefits of STAR training and the Laser Touch technology. ARB intends to accomplish these goals by achieving the following objectives:
- Provide STAR program training to automotive refinishing technicians,
- Provide Laser Touch laser targeting equipment and HVLP spray guns to spray technicians. Each automotive refinishing technician completing STAR training will be issued a new SATA 2000 HVLP spray gun and Laser Touch, with receipt of equipment condition upon their reporting post-training material usage data,
- Help districts obtain State Implementation Plan credit for use of Laser Touch and or STAR training, and
- Work with districts to integrate the use of Laser Touch and/or STAR training into district rules.
Contact: Nancy Adams, (916) 324-8174, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
EPA Funding: $60,000
DTSC, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles (PSR-LA), a non-profit organization, and community clinics throughout California will collaborate to form "The Partnerships for Mercury Pollution Prevention Project." The project will help educate small businesses about mercury pollution prevention, as well as environmental and public health improvements through mercury exposure prevention. Specifically, the project will assist financially burdened community clinics reduce their use of mercury and will promote pollution prevention by phasing out mercury sphygmomanometers at these clinics. PSR-LA has found mercury sphygmomanometers to be the most common method of blood pressure measurement at these facilities. The project will also provide non-mercury thermometers for patient exchanges at participating community clinics. Training workshops will educate clinic staff about other possible sources of mercury waste, such as, fluorescent lights, thermostats, and lab chemicals. The project will also advise staff on safe disposal methods and pollution prevention. Grant funds will be used to purchase aneroid (mechanical, non-mercury) sphygmomanometers for approximately 25 community clinics and to purchase mercury-free thermometers for clinic patients. Grant funds will also be used to print multilingual, culturally sensitive education materials previously developed by PSR-LA about preventing mercury pollution and exposure. Clinic staff will be trained on mercury pollution prevention, organizing the patient thermometer exchanges, public health threats, and exposure prevention. The project is designed to be easily transferable to other states and pollution prevention providers.
Contact: Karl Palmer, (916) 445-4754, email@example.com
Recipient: California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
EPA Funding: $60,000
DTSC's Office of Pollution Prevention and Technology Department, and the Institute for Research and Technology Development (IRTA) will assist seven small counter top manufacturers convert toward using more environmentally friendly water-based adhesives as opposed to chemical adhesives. Currently, there are hundreds counter top manufacturers in California that use chemical based adhesives such as methylene chloride or use traditional volatile organic compound (VOC) solvent-based adhesives that rely on toluene, xylene, and methyl ethyl ketone. All of these solvents pose toxicity problems. Alternative adhesives are available and they include water-based and acetone-based products. Although acetone is a solvent, it is not classified as a VOC and the chemical is lower in toxicity. Specifically, the grantee will: 1) assist the companies identify, test and implement technically suitable lower toxicity alternatives adhesives, spray equipment cleaners, and alternative adhesive removers, 2) examine cross-media and worker exposure implications of the alternatives and work with each business to minimize the cross-over affects, 3) examine the spent cleaners to determine their VOC content, hazardous, or non-hazardous nature and if they would meet sewer discharge requirements for the major sanitation districts in the Los Angeles area, 4) prepare, print and disseminate a brochure and case studies of conversions, and 5) arrange and hold a conference featuring firms that have made conversions.
Contact: Robert Ludwig, (916) 324-2659
Recipient: California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Hazardous Materials Laboratory
EPA Funding: $150,000
DTSC will establish a community-based monitoring program in the San Francisco Bay Area that measures body-burdens of polybrominated dephenyl ethers (PBDEs) in breast milk. PBDEs are most commonly used in the U.S. as a flame retardant applied to polyurethane foam, plastics and textiles. PBDEs are persistent organic pollutants that contain toxic properties. Various studies have found that the woman from the San Francisco Bay Area have the highest levels of PBDE levels in the world. Two possible reasons for the high level of PBDEs found in San Francisco Bay Area woman may be the result of PBDE's being emitted from several polyurethane foam manufacturer facilities located in California and/or from the disintegration of aging foam and plastics in contained in sofas, chairs in homes or backyards, or in automobile seats. Exposure to sunlight converts the surface foam to friable dust, which may release PBDEs.
As a result of these findings, DTSC has proposed to initiate a small-scale pollution prevention project by investigating the potential health and environmental risks posed by PBDEs using breast milk as the sampling matrix. DTSC will initiate the project in three phases. Grant Fundingg will cover Phases I and II. Phase III will proceed with additional Fundingg from other sources:
Phase I: DTSC will obtain community based sampling, the grantee will collaborate with community-based organizations and the local Woman, Infant Children (WIC) Clinics. In collaboration with these groups the DTSC will recruit 60 donors (healthy first-time mothers with health infants 2-8 weeks of age) and will collect breast milk samples.
Phase II: After identifying mothers, families, and communities with high PBDE levels, DTSC will evaluate the response to an exposure assessment questionnaire (containing a section specifically devoted to the PBDEs) that will be administered to breast milk donors; proceeded by limited follow-up interviews. By comparing responses from high and low PBDE families, DTSC will begin to identify the likely hypotheses of the major risk factors and exposure pathways. Exposure sources shared by donors with high PBDE levels will be considered as potential high sources of PBDE exposure (e.g., exposures to aging plastic or polyurethane foam products, etc.). Residential patterns may also provide information on likely sources of PBDE exposures. In late 2003, the grantee will convene a P2/Source Reduction cross-Agency meeting as part of their bimonthly meeting on PBDEs to discuss source identification and strategies for source reduction.
Phase III: In future efforts, DTSC will encourage concerned community based organization to participate in a public information and outreach program to disseminate any time critical results of Phases 1 and 2.
Contact: Kim Hopper, (510) 540-3499
Recipient: University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
EPA Funding: $36,460
UCB will partner with the East Bay Municipal Utility District to develop a mercury reduction pilot study for educational institutions. The pilot study will be conducted on UCBs main campus. The goal is to develop a reduction outreach program and that provides replacement of mercury-free devices (e.g, mercury thermometers) to UCB laboratories that wish to participate. To advertise the event the grantee will develop a web page to announce the one-time 30-day free mercury collection program. Flyers will be distributed to laboratories, announcing the project during regular pick-up two months prior to the scheduled event. Advertisements will also be issued on three UCB shuttle buses for one month. The grantee will make announcements during UCB's Department Safety Coordinator workshops and during the EH&S Health & Safety Fair. The grantee will draft an article on mercury reduction in the EH&S newsletter, which is distributed to 1,600 faculty and staff. In addition, the grantee will draft and distribute a fact sheet explaining the potential hazards of using laboratory mercury thermometers and other mercury containing devices, including thermostats and auto switches. The fact sheet will also include suggestions for using non-mercury containing thermometers and other measuring devices.
Contact: Patrick Goff, (510) 642-1925
Recipient: The Regents of the UCCSN on behalf of the University of Nevada, Reno
EPA Funding: $80,000
The grantee will partner with the Business Environmental Program (BEP), DTSC, and the City of Phoenix to provide meeting support for Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network's (WRPPN) fall conference. BEP will be responsible for scheduling a spring conference planning committee meeting, securing facilities, and providing necessary travel support to the WRPPN Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will then convene in the spring to assist in developing a fall conference agenda and ensure that WRPPN addresses the needs of the regional programs. BEP will also coordinate with DTSC and the California Consortium of Pollution Prevention Committees (C2P2C) to receive C2P2C input on potential conference sessions. WRPPN will determine the fall conference location, session topics, training, session moderators and potential plenary speakers at the spring meeting. In addition, BEP will evaluate the conference quality and will compile and distribute conference materials. Evaluations will also help to identify ways in which information materials presented at the conference might be used by programs attending, and ways in which future conferences might be improved. Speaker presentation will be compiled and made available in CD-ROM format.
Contact: Kevin Dick, (775) 689-6677
Recipient: Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), Division of Statewide Public Service (SPS)
EPA Funding: $100,000
SPS will provide pollution prevention assistance to businesses, communities, and Alaskan residents by: 1) Responding to technical assistance and/or outreach requests for multimedia pollution prevention information. SPS will provide on-going assistance to the statewide Green Star program, oil and gas pollution prevention partnerships, 7 Generation environmental training program, compliance assistance efforts with small businesses, and hazardous waste generators in rural and Native communities, 2) Creating a pollution prevention week in the fall of 2003 , 3) Maintaining a pollution prevention technical assistance information web page, 4) Conserving natural resources, reducing reliance on virgin materials and promoting Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) by coordinating with the Alaska Materials Exchange (AME) program, and 5) Participating in the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Roundtable and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.
SPS will continue to coordinate with SBDCs, rural and Native communities and department divisions to build and implement pollution prevention by: 1)Integrating pollution prevention concepts into SBDC workshops and training, 2) Working directly with rural and Native organizations and communities to implement pollution prevention concepts, and 3) Integrating EPP and persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) training into Greenstar, small businesses site visits and the AME catalog.
SPS will attempt to achieve pollution prevention integration with ADEC, businesses, and communities by: 1) Providing support to media program efforts to implement prevention based approaches, 2) Continuing to implement Alaska's Environmental Leadership program based upon outcomes from the three pilot project's implemented in the State FY '99, 3) Incorporating prevention environmental protection approaches into the small Native community environmental assistance program, and 4) Providing technical assistance to help Native communities focus on pollution prevention by identifying alternative technologies, conduct workshops for business and employees on mercury education and methods for mercury thermometer and batteries collections, and conduct site visits and technical assistance focusing on preventive methods to reduce mercury through product substitutions in medical facilities.
SPS will implement small business environmental management training by developing an EMS training module specifically aimed at small businesses by: 1) partnering with local Chamber of Commerce's, financial institutions and small business development centers to develop a training forum, 2) creating an EMS template that can easily be used by small businesses to develop and incorporate an EMS into their unique business structure, 3) documenting training events and track small businesses that follow through to develop an EMS for their business, and 4) incorporating GRI sustainability reporting guidelines into EMS practices of small businesses.
SPS will develop a resource list and list of vendors that supply environmentally preferable products and make it available to small businesses by: 1) Researching what other businesses, agencies, and programs are doing to promote EPP, 2) Developing an EPP training module targeting small businesses, 3) working with local Green Star chapters to promote EPP, and 4) Using the AME to network EPP with participating businesses.
In addition, SPS will develop a web based AME system that will house a web based material exchange catalog by: 1) Developing communications to promote the use of the new system, 2) Tracking web site hits, and 3) Including information on EPP, PBTs and the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines in the AME catalog.
Contact: Tom Turner, (907) 269-7582, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient: Idaho's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA Funding: $136,850
DEQ will provide pollution prevention resources by:
1) Launching a pollution prevention assessment project for drinking water system operators. Ninety-five percent of Idaho's drinking water comes from ground water accessed by wells. Two DEQ programs will focus on drinking water quality. The source water program will evaluates all sources of drinking water for a particular well or set of wells, while the drinking water program will focus on water as it travels from the well to the user. This project will provide on-site technical assistance to water system operators who oversee the water from the well to the user.
2) Expanding its analysis of 153 statewide pollution prevention audits by providing further outreach to the auto repair sector. This project will implement outreach and assistance to this industry and to explore new initiatives to this sector by researching opportunities for reduction or recycling methods for oil filter castings, increase awareness of green purchasing opportunities, and expand the mercury switch replacement project program in Idaho.
3) Expanding upon a 2001 partnership in which DEQ explored the topic of measurement and assisted in developing a tool for measuring pollution prevention success in the region. Under this grant, DEQ will explore data acquisition opportunities to support the model, develop calculators for translating pollution prevention projects into model inputs, and encourage the use of calculators and measurement among Idaho's residents, businesses, and local governments.
4) Providing pollution prevention assistance to Idaho's residents, businesses and communities by launching an outreach effort. DEQ will hold workshops, issue outreach materials, provide technical assistance and will expand its web page resources marketed to industries.
5) Providing follow-up support to a June 2002 Environmental Mentoring-Business to Business/Peer to Peer conference, hosted by DEQ. The conference brought together industries, pollution prevention assistance provider and non-profits form around the northwest to discuss the concept of mentoring. DEQ will continue the discussion beyond the conference by developing a white paper outlining the results of the conference. DEQ will also encourage the formation of future networks and expand the discussion on business mentoring.
6) Continuing to provide technical assistance to other state agencies and businesses in Idaho, by developing measurement tools, identifying pollution prevention opportunities and developing work plans to implement project.
7) Providing additional measurement and reporting to businesses by tracking hours devoted to pollution prevention via its cost accounting system. DEQ will also use this system to tract public education, including pollution prevention outreach and education by all department staff. Projects that involve technical assistance will include a collection of baseline data to measure pollution prevention practices. By collecting baseline data, such as the percentage of shops implementing a particular pollution prevention practice, DEQ can gauge the effectiveness of pollution prevention outreach and influence industry practices over time.
8) Developing a technical assistance program in Idaho to help the printing, publishing, lithographic, rotogravure, flexographic printing publishers and silk screening industries. DEQ will develop outreach materials and will house a database about printing, publishing, and related industries in Idaho. DEQ will develop an assessment process to include checklists, follow-up procedures, vendor information and recommendation on reducing wastes, conserving energy and water. On site technical assistance visits will be given to 40 businesses and five workshops will be held around the state to disseminate results of the project, train regional technical staff on assessment process and education business on pollution prevention.
Contact: Patti Best (208) 373-0146, or Helen Rigg (208) 364-9900
Recipient: Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
EPA Funding: $120,000
DEQ will develop and conduct a multimedia pollution prevention technical assistance for at least three business sectors, or three geographic areas, within the state over a two year period. To accomplish this goal, DEQ will: 1) finalize the three priority business sectors or geographic areas to conduct their technical assistance efforts, 2) identify the most effective methods of technical assistance to provide, and 3)develop pollution prevention material specifically targeted to the individual business sectors or geographic areas. Existing materials will be evaluated to determine their effectiveness in encouraging source reduction. DEQ hopes these effort s will assist in the design of a cross-program technical assistance delivery approach that can be applied to the agency as a whole. This would mean that technical assistance efforts could then be conducted on other priority business sectors or geographic areas, using the lessons learned and tracking the measures of success.
Under a separate project initiative, DEQ's Small Business Assistance Program will coordinate a series of statewide surface coating training workshops. Specialized training on equipment and on efficient coating techniques will be provided by hired contractors. In addition, DEQ will assist with the workshops and will provide site visits to a percentage of participants.
Contact: Richard Grant, (503) 229-6839
Recipient: Suquamish Tribe
EPA Funding: $46,833
The long-term natural resource protection goal of the Suquamish Tribe is to reduce pollution on the Reservation for the health and protection of the Reservation community, the Tribe and the environment. The Tribe will aim to: 1) increase awareness of pollution prevention alternatives among businesses on the Port Madison Indian Reservation (PMIR), including all Tribal businesses, 2) make technical information about pollution prevention measures available to businesses, 3) develop partnerships with the Suquamish Tribe Community Development, Kitsap County Community Development, and Kitsap County Waste Management to create a system whereby new businesses and activities can be planned with pollution prevention in mind, and 4) exercise tribal authority to protect the Reservation environment and community member from pollution-causing products. To accomplish these objectives, the Tribe will conduct site inspection surveys of at least twelve businesses ranging from convenience stores, gas stations, auto repair shops, grocery marts, to a waste water treatment plant located on the Reservation.
These companies are unregulated by the Tribal Government for pollution prevention measures. The surveys and site visits will consist of interviewing owners, operators, and employees, and performing walk-through's of the businesses to assess hazardous materials, solid waste, emissions, and applicable federal regulations.
The survey information will be entered into a database consisting of location, current practices, and products to be shared and reviewed by Tribal Council, Kitsap County, and Washington State. This database will become the basis for establishing pollution prevention opportunities. The compiled information will be used in conjunction with EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing database, the industry sector and business assistance information available from the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center and the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, and other resources directed toward the types of businesses and business practices in the PMIR. The grantee will make the pollution prevention evaluation of products and practices available to businesses, tailoring the information to each business.
Contact: Cherri Crowell, (360) 598-3311
Recipient: Washington State Department of Ecology
EPA Funding: $75,000
Mercury is the first PBT that the grantee will focus on as part of its overall strategy. The grantee has proposed a two part strategy to reduce mercury releases in Washington's environment. The first part will focus on proper removal, recycling, and ultimate disposal of three consumer products: household mercury fever thermometers, residential and commercial mercury thermostats and fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent lights. The second element in the overall strategy, is the development and implementation of a Mercury Chemical Action Plan to identify the need for steps to accomplish additional mercury reductions over the long-term in all sectors and sources that release mercury. Specifically, the MCAP will identify current mercury sources and uses, analyze current regulatory and non-regulatory measures, identify mercury reduction options, and implement actions to reduce mercury use and releases.
Contact: Jerry Parker, (360) 407-6750, email@example.com