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EPA Region 1- Junkyards

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 1
Project Description It has been almost a year in planning and now the Northeast states are poised to take a strategic approach to improve environmental compliance at salvage yards, or as they are more commonly referred to - junkyards. Using a problem-solving approach, the New England states are collaborating on how best to address this industry, particularly auto salvage operations. Also working with the states on this initiative are NEWMOA, the states of NJ and NY, and EPA Regions 1-New England and 2. To better understand the significance of this collaboration, this article provides background on how the initiative developed, an overview of the project and its goals, and progress as of Summer 2002. At the 2001 annual enforcement planning meeting between the New England states and EPA Region 1-New England, representatives from the states expressed interest in working together to identify and address a common problem and in being able to measure environmental outcomes. It was an interesting challenge; one that the states and EPA have worked hard over the past year to meet. The initiative became known as the Regional Initiative. One of the first steps in launching the Regional Initiative was to organize and conduct a conference that would help state and federal staff better understand how to measure environmental results in enforcement and compliance assistance programs. In October 2001, representatives from the states and EPA met in Nashua to hear from measurement experts and to learn from each other about the need for, and the practical application of, measuring environmental outcomes. The speakers included Shelley Metzenbaum from the Environmental Compliance Consortium; Ken Jones from the Green Mountain Institute; Mike Stahl from EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance; and Steve Adams representing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This two-day event also served as a forum for the states to begin developing a strategy for the Regional Initiative and brainstorming potential problems that could be addressed.

Based on discussions at the October Conference, the Regional Initiative is designed to be a state-driven collaborative project utilizing a problem-solving approach. This approach involves identifying, analyzing, and measuring the problem, then developing a solution. An important component of the Initiative is performance measurement. Participants agreed that the agencies could utilize a different mix of enforcement and compliance assistance activities to address the problem. Since the Initiative provides an excellent opportunity for networking among colleagues and for sharing approaches, tools, experiences, and lessons learned, expected benefits include a higher level of environmental protection as a result of the collective efforts and building capacity for state and federal personnel to move beyond simply measuring outputs to begin measuring outcomes. For EPA Region 1-New England, an additional aspect of this Initiative is to have the states incorporate activities into their FY 2003 Performance Partnership Agreement.

Following the October Conference, the New England state enforcement coordinators (who had taken the lead to develop a strategy for the Regional Initiative) met in December 2001, and overwhelmingly agreed to move forward with the Regional Initiative as a way to address compliance issues at salvage yards. In early 2002, the enforcement coordinators from the New England states and the NEWMOA Junkyard Workgroup joined forces to tackle the initial steps - identifying and analyzing the problem. Through the NEWMOA Workgroup, the states of NJ and NY and EPA Region 2 became interested in the initiative. The culmination of this collective effort was a successful meeting held in early May 2002 to draft the regional problem statement, discuss performance measures, and initiate development of individual state strategies. At the meeting, there was consensus that problems at salvage yards result from mismanagement of waste streams and lack of coordination at the local, state, and federal levels. The states recognize the need to improve environmental awareness, compliance, and management practices within this industry. For its part, EPA Region 1-New England's Office of Environmental Stewardship is working with the states to identify ways that it can assist them in implementing their respective state strategies for salvage yards.

More Info www.epa.gov/NE/assistance/salvageyard/index.html
 
Project Contact
Name Carol Kilbride
Phone 617-981-1831
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Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Conference
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 2, Summer 2002 [PDF]

 

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