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EPA Region 2 Targets Lead Reduction

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Project Description A key initiative under the EPA Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) Program is the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP), which encourages public and private organizations to form voluntary partnerships with EPA to reduce the use or release of any of 31 priority chemicals, including lead. Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), EPA has established a goal of reducing the amount of Priority Chemicals reported to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) by 10 percent by 2008, using the 2001 as a baseline year. Organizations interested in becoming NPEP partners are eligible to receive public recognition for their contributions to the reduction goal. For more information on the overall EPA NPEP, visit http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/minimize/partnership.htm.

EPA Region 2 has identified a number of facilities in New York and New Jersey from different sectors to work with for lead source reduction and material substitution, including eliminating or reducing lead from soldering operations in the electronics sector; powder used in the manufacturing of bearing liner material, glass decorating processes, glass-bonded-mica; and brass used as a feed stock. The Region is also focusing on lead use reduction for such industries as aerospace, electronics, and analytical instrumentation. The overall objective of the Region’s NPEP efforts with these priority products and sectors is to eliminate or reduce lead from land waste disposal.

To date, Region 2 has enrolled 19 facilities in the NPEP to reduce and eliminate lead from their operations and has been working with those companies on achieving and documenting their reduction goals and objectives. Two examples of New Jersey firms that have been reporting on their efforts to reduce lead in waste are Old Bridge Chemical and Madison Industries. To date, these companies have reported the following achievements in lead- containing waste reductions:

Old Bridge: from 1,684,880 pounds of lead/lead compounds land disposed in 2001 to 24,650 pounds in 2003 (1,660,230 pounds reduced) Madison: from 353,800 pounds of lead/lead compounds land disposed in 2001 to 126,943 pounds land disposed in 2003 (226,857 pounds reduced)

These companies have implemented changes in feedstock materials and processes, which have enabled them to substantially reduce the amount of lead waste material requiring land disposal.

Using data available from the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), EPA Region 2 has identified nine major facilities in New York or New Jersey with secondary steel smelting and foundries operations (including a secondary battery smelting operation and a scrap auto battery plastic covers recycler) that currently landfill lead-bearing waste. These facilities smelt recycled cars in addition to recycling steel. To address priority chemicals wastes from these operations, EPA organized a national workshop on May 17, 2006 with the University of Villanova in Pennsylvania titled "A Dialog with Steel, Foundry, and Scrap Industry Leaders on Waste Minimization Opportunities for Priority Chemical Reductions in Waste Streams from Melting Operations." The purpose of this workshop was to hold discussions with steel, foundry, and scrap industry leaders about current and proposed material management practices in these industries as well as provide information on EPA’s NPEP initiative and how the Agency has helped companies save over $42 million through waste minimization efforts.

Project Contact
Name Joseph Malki
Phone 212-637-4101
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Conference, Research and development, Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 16 No. 1, Spring 2006 [PDF]


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