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Tracking P2 in Enforcement

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In the spring of 2002, DEP’s Central Region compiled results of its innovative effort to track P2 in compliance and permitting. Beginning in 1999, staff developed a tracking worksheet to determine which facilities came into compliance using P2 techniques that resulted from permitting and enforcement. The worksheet consisted of familiar P2 source reduction techniques taken from the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program along with calculations to measure actual reductions in hazardous waste generation, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions and wastewater discharges.

In calendar year 2000, the staff at DEP's Central regional office determined that permitting and enforcement resulted in the following approximate reductions in pollutants: 2 tons of hazardous waste, 7 tons of NOX, 20 tons of VOCs, and 2 million gallons of wastewater.

DEP fiscal year tracking of P2 activities in enforcement activities is very specific. Categories include input substitution, production unit redesign, integral recycling, water and energy conservation, reduction in permit status, P2 in EMS and SEPs. Specific reductions are quantified for each of the categories.

Project Contact
Name Kim McCoy
Phone 508-792-7650
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 1, Spring 2002 [PDF]


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