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Spring '03 P2 Program Activities in Maine

Organization(s) Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description 2003 activities of the P2 Program in Maine DEP's Office of Innovation and Assistance (OIA) include:

-Attended three boat shows to encourage the use of low VOC gel coats and resins, acetone alternatives and non-atomizing spray guns and equipment. ME DEP is planning a demonstration/workshop for the boat building and repair sector in the summer of 2003. In the fall of 2002, DEP held successful compliance assistance and P2 training at the Maine Marine Trade Association annual meeting where regulatory staff and mentor corporations spoke on the issues of P2 and EMS;

-Assisting a small business in the implementation of an EMS; Established further partnerships with business assistance providers;

-Conducting weekly P2 Plan inspections at facilities reporting under Maine Toxics Reduction Law; Conducting onsite compliance assistance utilizing Maine's Small Business Compliance Incentive Policy (SBCIP);

-Assisted with completing the legislatively-mandated P2 plan for dentists and proposing a companion piece of legislation that would require amalgam separators;

-Continuing to provide assistance to the Green Campus Consortium in their efforts to move towards sustainability;

-Working in conjunction with the Climate Change Steering Committee on the New England Governors' and Eastern Canadian Premiers' initiative to reduce green house gas levels 10 percent under 1990 levels by 2012;

-Reviewing the state procurement system to identify P2 opportunities as part of the Clean Government initiative and the law that established the Office of Pollution Prevention - emphasizing certification for cleaning products as proposed by Massachusetts;

-Completed a mercury manometer removal from 23 dairy farms, including coordinating the replacement of the mercury manometers with an electronic one;

-Completed funding P2 assistance to the Maine Hospital Association;

-Continuing to provide assistance to a number of industry sectors;

-Revitalized the Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) as an effective tool to weigh in on OIA activities.

More Info www.state.me.us/dep/oia/index.htm
Project Contact
Name Peter Cooke
Phone 207-287-7100
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Multimedia Inspections & Permitting
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals, Marinas
Activity Keywords Funding and grants, Policy/Legislative, Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 1, Spring 2003 [PDF]


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