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Readoption of the P2 Planning Regulations

Organization(s) New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In New Jersey, all regulations are required to be readopted every five years. The Office of Pollution Prevention and Right to Know is currently readopting the Pollution Prevention (P2) Planning Program rules with the changes described below.

The new requirements would exempt facilities from having to conduct pollution prevention planning for hazardous substances if the sum of the amount of the hazardous substance generated as nonproduct output (NPO) and shipped in product is 500 pounds or lower, as indicated on Section B of the Release and Pollution Prevention Report (RPPR). NPO is a term used in New Jersey to represent all waste from a production process. This term is similar to the term production-related waste used for Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting. The RPPR is the mechanism used in New Jersey to collect state-level TRI information (see page 2 Feature Article).

As a result of the proposed changes, the NJ DEP will still collect information on all TRI reporters but exempt from P2 planning those facilities that are most efficient and do not ship large quantities of hazardous substances in their products and/or generate significant amount of NPO.

The new rules will make electronic reporting of the P2 Plan Summary mandatory beginning with reporting year 2005, except if a facility is making a confidentiality or hardship claim. In order to foster greater implementation of P2 techniques, NJ DEP is also going to require that:

-all processes or sources at covered facilities that use or generate persistent, bio-accumulative, toxic (PBT) substances be targeted for in-depth P2 planning;

-treatment systems that use hazardous substances or generate NPO not generated elsewhere at the facility be included in a facilities P2 Plan;

-hazardous waste data be included in the P2 Plan annually instead of every five years;

-materials accounting inputs and outputs be balanced within 5 percent.

NJ DEP hopes to publish their rule re-adoption in the New Jersey Register in September 2005.

 
Project Contact
Name Alan Bookman
Phone 609-777-0518
E-mail
 
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 15 No. 2, Fall 2005 [PDF]

 

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