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Organization(s) Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Project Description VT DEC's P2 and compliance assistance program, housed in the Environmental Assistance Division initiated a coordination effort in 2000 with DEC's RCRA program in the Waste Management Division. The purpose of the coordination effort was to seek ways to integrate P2 into RCRA program activities and to coordinate outreach and assistance efforts to RCRA-regulated entities.

The main vehicle of coordination has been regular quarterly staff meetings with all of the staff of the Programs. The group meets generally for three hours to discuss regulatory updates, joint initiatives, and field visits and observations of inspection and assistance programs. The most significant aspect of the interaction of these programs has been in developing and implementing joint initiatives. One of these initiatives has included an amnesty-like program for metal fabrication/machining businesses that were given an opportunity to receive a non-regulatory visit by the Environmental Assistance Division prior to a period of targeted inspections for the sector. Several fact sheets on regulatory issues, such as universal wastes CRTs, and mercury wastes, were jointly developed as part of that initiative.

The Programs have also worked jointly on developing best management practices for dental offices. Other joint efforts underway include fluorescent lamp recycling outreach and salvage yard best management practices. RCRA inspectors are now much more likely to provide supplemental information on P2 in their inspection reports or provide referrals of assistance to the Environmental Assistance Division. A key to success of this effort has been identifying mutually beneficial projects to the Programs.

More Info www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/wastediv/rcra/rcrahome.htm
 
Project Contact
Name Gary Gulka
Phone 802-241-3626
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Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals, Metal Fabrication
Activity Keywords New publication
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 1, Spring 2003 [PDF]

 

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