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Materials Accounting Approach

Organization(s) New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) has been collecting materials accounting data since 1988 and P2 planning data since 1993. Unfortunately, due to problems with the data entry vendor, until 2002 electronic data availability was only current to 1997. In 2002, NJ DEP was able to hire a new vendor, and the data is now entered within one month of receipt by the NJ DEP. The goal of the NJ DEP has always been to utilize this data to uncover compliance problems, recognize trends in facility actions, and act as a springboard to encourage P2 implementation. In addition to the standard release and transfer data collected by EPA on TRI, the materials accounting data tracks amounts of hazardous substances for the following categories: brought on site, beginning, ending and maximum inventory, produced on-site, shipped in product and consumed. By collecting this data, NJ DEP knows the amount of hazardous substances shipped through New Jersey neighborhoods and how much ends up in products consumers buy and use.

The NJ DEP purchased a Business Objects data-mining tool that allows NJ DEP staff to run various reports/queries utilizing the materials accounting data. P2 Program staff conducted a half-day training session for single-media permit writers and inspectors on the types of data that are available, and how to develop and run reports/queries. In New Jersey, as with most States and the EPA, the focus of much of the resources is on controlling/permitting stack air emissions.

The use of this data can be valuable for targeting facilities for enforcement scrutiny, developing better permits, encouraging P2, developing a meaningful environmental equity program, and making overarching multi-media policy decisions.

More Info www.state.nj.us/dep/srp/hazsite/
Project Contact
Name Kenneth Ratzman
Phone 609-777-0518
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management Systems, Facility Design
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 1, Spring 2003 [PDF]


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