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Philadelphia Industry Partnerships

Partnership Members

Industry Partnerships challenge locally based businesses and industry to voluntarily reduce emissions of toxic pollutants in cooperation with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and other interested stakeholders. Participating Industry Partners are committed to reducing routine hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) emissions and decreasing accidental releases in the communities in which they operate. Industry Partners will accomplish these goals by fostering communication through an exchange of ideas and technology awareness among the community, industry and government.

What is the Partnership?

Industry Partnerships include industries and businesses working together in geographic areas which are at risk of high levels of HAPs. Partners agree to voluntarily reduce emissions of identified priority chemicals. Targets for reductions and timeframes are determined by participating partners and are agreed upon by all relevant stakeholders. For example, 5 -10 chemicals of concern are identified for emission reductions through various risk screening and assessment studies and in discussion with partners. Industry Partners agree to reduce these priority chemicals by 25% by 2008 and further reduce to 50% by 2010. It is not necessary for each industry or business partner to reduce all chemicals by the target amounts. However, collectively, the Industry Partnership will have decreased emissions and exposures in the community of interest for these priority chemicals.

Industry Partners also conduct rigorous safety audits, designed to uncover potential accidental releases before they occur, and to conduct regular, enhanced safety inspections to further minimize future releases.

Why Participate?

Industry and business are part of a larger community - a community of schools, residences, playing fields, churches, hospitals. Industry and business should strive to be good corporate citizens and good neighbors by performing to the highest environmental standards. Partners also realize significant economic benefits through the employment of pollution prevention, environmental management systems and more efficient use of materials and resources.

Industry Partnership Benefits

Industry partners and regulatory agencies commit to provide mentoring, compliance assistance, and technical assistance as needed to foster improved environmental and health performance. With improved environmental performance comes opportunities for potential regulatory relief and eligibility for many of our national programs such as Performance Track.

Contact:

Susan McDowell
US EPA, Region 3
1650 Arch Street (3AP11)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2739
(mcdowell.susan@epa.gov)

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