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Preventive Emergency Planning (1/2000)

Organization(s) Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
Project Description OTA has been promoting incorporation of the preventive approach into emergency planning. All hazardous waste generators are supposed to have emergency plans, as are all users of hazardous materials. In addition, others with air toxics and petroleum storage must have plans in place to prevent accidents. EPA, OSHA, and other agencies have united to promote the integration of all of these plans into one plan. OTA received a grant from EPA to demonstrate the integrated plan. OTA has used the opportunity to promote the concept of combining pollution prevention and emergency planning. OTA calls it "Preventive Emergency Planning."

In the fall of 1999, OTA staff presented the idea and the sample plans they had developed to the State Emergency Response Commission, and to SERC representatives from all of the New England states. As a result, OTA was invited to address the Springfield Local Emergency Planning Committee, reaching facilities that use large quantities of hazardous chemical use. OTA held a follow-up event for the cities of Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee, at which one of the model companies presented its plan and OTA covered preventive risk reduction activities generic to all chemical storage and handling.

OTA staff also made a presentation on the incorporation of P2 into emergency planning at the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) meeting in November 1999, and participated in a national training event for local officials at the annual NPPR conference in Boston in March of 2000. Drafts of case studies were reviewed by the companies, and a preliminary final report on the project has been submitted to EPA. OTA developed articles for publication and pursued other opportunities to present the ideas and results of this project.

More Info www.state.ma.us/ota/specprog.htm#oneplan
Project Contact
Name Rick Reibstein
Phone 617-626-1083
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Multimedia Inspections & Permitting
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 10 No. 1, Winter 2000 [PDF]


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