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P2 for Junkyards & Scrap Metal Facilities

Organization(s) Narragansett Bay Commission
Project Description The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) has been awarded a $25,000 EPA Pollution Prevention Grant to work with junkyards and scrap metal facilities within the State of Rhode Island. Through this project NBC will identify pollutant sources and ways of utilizing P2 and sound environmental management practices to eliminate or at least reduce environmental impacts from these facilities' operations.

The first steps to be taken by NBC will be to survey a representative sampling of the more than 45 licensed automotive salvage yards located within NBC servicing. This survey will help to identify environmental impacts from common scrap metal facility practices and procedures such as: vehicle crushing/shredding operations; removal and management of automobile fluids (including automotive waste oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluids, and brake fluids); management of mercury switches; employee environmental awareness training; and management and disposal of tires. The goal of this initial survey is to develop P2/Environmental Compliance audit procedures that can be used by NBC staff and project partners from the Rhode Island DEM and the University of Rhode Island to conduct P2 assessments of auto salvage operations throughout the state. Efforts will focus on collecting information that will both allow for a quantitative measurement of pollutant loadings to air water and land from auto salvage operations and will help in the development of appropriate technical assistance programs to minimize these environmental impacts. Work commenced on these projects in fall 2003.

 
Project Contact
Name Jim McCaughey
Phone 401-461-8848 ext. 352
E-mail
 
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Funding and grants, Research and development
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 3, Fall 2003

 

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