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Risk Management Planning

Organization(s) Erie County Office of Pollution Prevention, New York
Project Description Project PROTECT was a two year partnership, starting in 1998, between the Erie County Local Emergency Planning Committee and two Erie County Departments: Emergency Services and Environment & Planning. The partnership project, funded through a USEPA grant, enabled these different entities to achieve their goals of pollution prevention and emergency preparedness together. Through an extensive outreach program and direct technical assistance, the Erie County PROactive TEChnical Team (PROTECT) helped over 50 local companies develop and submit Risk Management Plans to meet the requirements of Section 112r of the Federal Clean Air Act by the June 21,1999 deadline.

The assistance requested by Erie County companies was primarily focused on three specific areas associated with the RMP requirements:

1. determination of the general requirement to comply;

2. calculation of the distance to endpoints associated with worst case and alternative case scenarios, and

3. mapping of these scenarios to determine the population and other receptors affected.

The resource center, established with funds made available through a grant from the EPA, proved to be a valuable tool for both program staff and company representatives.

The project proved to be a valuable tool to encourage companies to switch to alternative chemicals in order to reduce risk and thereby avoid the regulation. At least 3 companies in Erie County chose alternative processes or products and reduced both pollution and risk. Moreover, the project served to create a lasting partnership between Erie County's Pollution Prevention Program and the Local Emergency Planning Committee. The project was honored with an honorable mention from the Chemical Education Foundation.

More Info www.erie.gov/depts/lepc/addressing_needs.phtml
Project Contact
Name Tom Hersey
Phone 716-858-7674
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Risk Management
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 9 No. 2, Summer 1999 [PDF]


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