EPA Region I-New England
EPA Region II
NE P2 Roundtable
Environmental Management Systems Initiatives
State environmental agencies have been promoting environmental management systems (EMS) for several years. As indicated in the descriptions provided below, these efforts are continuing to expand and develop. Several states are now working closely with both businesses, public agencies, and other organizations to encourage the development and implementation of EMSs. These "nontraditional" organizations include public agencies, universities, and hospitals. The states are also actively engaged in programs to document the impacts and results of their EMS activities.
A workshop on "Strategic Environmental Management: Environmental Management Strategies for Growth and Survival in a Changing Marketplace" was held on March 28th and 29th at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). The workshop was sponsored by the CCSU in partnership with the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation's Strategic Environmental Management Initiative. CT DEP was one of several co-sponsors. The workshop covered the pollution prevention and ISO 14000 framework for EMS and the steps for implementing an EMS.
Matt Donahue of Univ. of MA Lowell and NEWMOA led a half day Environmental Management System training session at the Maine DEP. This workshop introduced the EMS process to a wide representation of Maine POTW, Water Operators and DEP personnel. The facilitators reviewed the key elements of an EMS, a case study from the Lowell, MA POTW, and the benefits of incorporating an EMS at a water treatment facility. About 30 participants attended the workshop.
When the US EPA recently announced that 14 organizations across the country would be receiving technical assistance grants in support of EMS development, MA DEP was among those chosen from a field of 50 applicants in a rigorous screening process.
MA DEP will use its grant to apply EMS principles to all activities and functions of the Wall Experiment Station in Lawrence, thereby reducing the facility's environmental impacts and operational costs. The effort will also demonstrate DEP's leadership among environmental public health labs in the Northeast.
Originally known as the Lawrence Experiment Station, the Wall Experiment Station (WES) was founded in 1887 by the MA Board of Health to conduct trail-blazing research in the development of practical methods for wastewater treatment and drinking water purification. WES is internationally recognized as one of the first such laboratories in the world and in 1975 was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
EPA's grant is not a direct award of funding. Rather, a range of support services - in-depth training, coaching and on-site technical assistance - will be provided by the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), a Virginia-based non-profit consulting organization.
Working with GETF over the next two years, DEP will develop its EMS for the Experiment station using elements of the ISO 14001 International Standard as a baseline. In the short term, the project will help DEP:
The EMS at DEP's WES Lab is also the focal point in a EMS program to develop guidance for the use of EMS in enforcement, overseeing an EMS model for a major city school system, and EMS training for DEP staff.
The Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program agencies - MA DEP, OTA, and TURI - have been working together to learn about and explore the concept of effective environmental management systems (EMS) for MA companies and public organizations. Meeting about five times over two months, the Agencies have reviewed management frameworks and models, such as Responsible Care, Baldridge, Eco-efficiency, The Natural Step, and federal and state programs. They came to a common understanding of a basic framework and language, which will make it easier to work together and coordinate activities in outreach, training, guidance and technical assistance. The Agencies also identified elements of an excellent EMS, which may inform the direction of inspection, assistance, and research activities in the state. These attributes of a higher level EMS are presented below to help others rather than as a statement of MA's strategy:
The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the Univ. of MA Lowell is currently in its second year of facilitating industry-specific peer mentoring groups on the development of sound environmental management systems. These working groups (one in the electronics industry and one in the plastics/resins industry) feature a host facility, funded by a matching grant from the Institute, and as many as ten industry peers, who have all committed to developing EMSs for one or more of their facilities. The discussions, tools and feedback shared among the groups provide a clear opportunity for the movement of each participant further along the path of developing an EMS than can be implemented and generating tangible positive results in a relatively short time period. The report (Methods Report Number 20) that summarizes the work done in the pilot EMS working group project is available on TURI's web site, http://www.turi.org. For more information contact: Pam Eliason, TURI (978) 934-3142.
A recently launched incentives program spearheaded by the MA Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) offers the possibility of encouraging comprehensive, beyond-compliance practices, such as implementation of EMS through appropriately designed market-based incentives.
After several years of planning and negotiations, OTA and four major environmental insurance providers introduced the first-of-its-kind "Environmental Insurance Incentives Program" on January 24, 2001. Under the program, participating insurance providers agree to make available a range of incentives to those qualified businesses able to demonstrate implementation of strong environmental management practices.
The Incentives Program represents an explicit effort on the part of MA environmental officials and the insurance industry to encourage proactive, preventive, comprehensive environmental management planning at industrial facilities. The incentives are limited to companies that file MA Toxics Use Reduction plans during the program's initial phase. However, government, industry, and insurance representatives all agree that this kind of market-based approach is perfectly suited for encouraging adoption of a certified EMS, and hope to expand program eligibility accordingly.
The type of policy benefits offered through the Incentives Program will vary according to the specific underwriting characteristics of each participating insurance provider, though they will likely include lower deductibles, enhanced lines of coverage, or reductions in policy pricing premiums. The incentives will be structured to best recognize the risk-reduction and cost-savings potential of comprehensive environmental planning, thereby helping to emphasize the critical link between environmental and economic performance. For more information contact: Marina Gayl, MA OTA (617) 626-1077.
Northeast States Pollution Prevention News
Northeast States Pollution Prevention Newsis published a few times per year by NEWMOA’s P2 Program, called the Northeast States Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NE P2 Roundtable). The publication is provided free to the Northeast states, EPA, and other interested individuals and is supported by funds from EPA New England and the Northeast states. The NE P2 Roundtable would like to thank the following people for writing and producing this newsletter: John Bearley, Andy Bray, Peter Cooke, Jen Drociak, Stephen George, Pat Gittes, Terri Goldberg, Gary Gulka, Cheryl O’Brien, Mary Rossi, Marcia Seidner, Abby Swaine, Kim Trella, and Paul Walsh. Terri Goldberg managed production of the newsletter.
The NE P2 Roundtable appreciates hearing comments and suggestions on the newsletter from readers. Write NEWMOA at the address on the back cover of the newsletter or call (617) 367-8558 x 302, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use the form at the back of this issue to request an address change, to add your name to the mailing list, or to request an electronic version of the newsletter. NEWMOA appreciates your cooperation in ensuring that the mailing list is correct.
NH DES's Voluntary EMS Program continues to be active. Under a policy to encourage the use of EMSs, DES is developing a strategic plan to promote comprehensive, pro-active environmental management by businesses, and is considering a reward/recognition program similar in concept to the EPA National Performance Track program. For more information visit: www.des.state.nh.us/factsheets/co/co-11.htm.
NH DES continues to participate in national research into the effectiveness of EMS programs. Five companies, all located in the NH Seacoast area, are now actively implementing their EMS programs and providing data for the research. Research, conceived by the Multi-State Working Group on EMSs, is funded by US EPA and carried out by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the Environmental Law Institute. The national research project has been releasing additional reports on the work. These, and more information on the national research, can be found at http://www.eli.org/isopilots.htm.
NH DES is also participating in the Multi-State Working Group on EMSs (MSWG). MSWG is currently focusing on how EMSs can serve public policy needs, the ISO registration process, and EMSs in agriculture. MSWG's major EMS conference - "Learning Together 2001" - is scheduled for Philadelphia in June. In conjunction with the conference, the University of Pennsylvania Law School will host a conference on environmental contracts, charters, and management systems. For more information on the conference visit: www.mswg.org. For more information on NH EMS projects contact: Bob Minicucci, NHDES (603) 271-2941, email@example.com.
Recognizing that there is increasing potential for EMSs to help organizations maintain compliance and achieve better overall environmental performance, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is promoting the development and implementation of EMSs through the Environmental Management System Implementation Guidance Project. This project, which is funded through an EPA grant, involves the development of guidance documents to be used by small and medium-sized businesses for establishing an ISO 14001 based EMS at their facilities. The NYS DEC Pollution Prevention Unit (PPU) has developed draft guidance documents that present steps that a business could follow to develop and implement an EMS. These documents translate ISO 14001 concepts into laymen's terms for use by business personnel with varying backgrounds. These documents will be finalized in the next few months. The documents are: Understanding and Implementing Environmental Management Systems - A Step By Step Guide for Small and Medium Sized Organizations - Step 1: The Basics; Step 2: EMS Development and Implementation Guide; Step 3: EMS Template.
The PPU has chosen a sector specific approach for promoting the use of EMS. In order to do this, the PPU is developing sector specific compliance assistance and P2 manuals to be used in conjunction with the EMS Guides. The first industry sector that the Unit is addressing is metal finishing. The PPU conducted workshops for metal finishers throughout western New York State in March to make them aware of the benefits of EMS and the resources available from the Unit to assist them in EMS development and implementation. At these workshops, metal finishers were provided with copies of the EMS Guides as well as the Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Assessment Guide for the Metal Finishing Industry and the Environmental Self- Assessment for the Metal Finishing Industry.
The additional sectors that the PPU is targeting are electronics, printing, wood products, food, and health care. The Unit has developed industry specific compliance assistance and P2 manuals for these industries. The PPU will be promoting the use of these manuals and the EMS Implementation Guides by the specific sectors for EMS development and implementation.
In addition, the DEC is promoting the use of EMSs at state agencies by conducting workshops to inform state agencies of the benefits of EMSs and the EMS implementation resources available. The NYS DEC is also pursuing the use of EMS implementation in lieu of penalties in enforcement orders for private sector and public sector facilities.
Vermont DEC is participating in the EPA-sponsored National Database on Environmental Management Systems (NDEMS) project. There are four facilities that are submitting performance data following the adoption of an EMS. Initially, the VT DEC sponsored EMS design workshops for facilities interested in EMS.
The level of interest in ISO 14001 EMS has been low in the state; there are now fewer than ten certified facilities. As a way to spark more interest, DEC is advertising the availability of another ISO 14001 EMS training and assistance program for up to five interested businesses, at very low cost. A training consultant has been selected for delivery of the program, which consists of classroom sessions and on-site visits at critical points of EMS design. The Agency also hopes to involve the DEC regulatory program staff in the classroom sessions to raise the level of awareness of EMS in the Department and further explore regulatory incentives within DEC for facilities that have adopted EMS. The training is geared to ISO 9000 registered companies.
There has been some public sector EMS activity in the state recently. A municipality is participating in an EPA-sponsored EMS program for municipalities. The State's Department of Buildings and General Services is developing an EMS encompassing all of state buildings operations. They are in the process of completing their Environmental Management Program, including objectives and targets. The approach has been extremely comprehensive involving all Divisions and a team-oriented approach. For more information contact: Gary Gulka, VT DEC (802) 241-3626, firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPA continues implementing a variety of innovative programs to accomplish the three goals of the EPA EMS Action Plan:
An updated draft of the full Action Plan should be available shortly at www.epa.gov/ems. Key elements of the action plan should be:
For further information contact: Jean Holbrook, Marge Miranda, Martha Curran, or John Moskal, EPA Region I (800) 252-3402, www.epa.gov/ems.
EPA Region II arranged seminar presentations and workshops for 13 colleges and universities covering the University and College Environmental Compliance Initiative. Each presentation stressed the importance of Compliance-focused EMSs in achieving and maintaining environmental compliance. Carl Plossl, the Team Leader for this initiative, designed and developed the regional College and University website, providing a combination of basic environmental compliance information and advice on complying with environmental regulations to minimize the impact of enforcement. The web site stresses the importance of instituting an environmental management system (EMS) and provides a link to the Design for the Environment Program EMS website www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/tools/ems/ems.html, as well as other relevant sites and organizations providing more detailed or issue-specific information. Additionally, Region II's site provides all information that has been sent to college administrators and presented at Regional seminars for colleges and universities to ensure that the information is readily available on an as needed basis to all people involved in an institution's environmental program. While the website provides information on activities undertaken by the Region, as well as appropriate EPA contacts, the site's primary goal is to provide as much practical and focused information as possible and to serve as a starting point for college and university environmental staff who are seeking to begin or enhance their facility's environmental compliance program.
Marcia Seidner is the new regional coordinator for EPA's Performance Track Program - a national program designed to recognize and encourage top environmental performers: those companies, universities, hospitals and other facilities who go beyond compliance with regulatory requirements to attain levels of environmental performance and management that benefit people, communities, and the environment. EMS and commitments to source reduction are core requirements of the program. The application process for the Achievement Track (one of the two Performance Track programs) is designed to minimize the burden for applicants while providing sufficient information for EPA and States to evaluate whether a facility meets the program criteria. The next round of applications will be accepted in 2001 during two open sessions: February 1 through April 30 and August 1 through October 31. There are already 32 charter members in EPA Region II. For information contact: Marcia Seidner, EPA Region II, email@example.com or visit: www.epa.gov/performancetrack.
NORTHEAST WASTE MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS' ASSOCIATION
The Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) is a non-profit, non-partisan interstate governmental association. The membership is composed of state environmental agency directors of the pollution prevention, hazardous and solid waste, and waste site cleanup programs in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
NEWMOA’s mission is to help states articulate, promote, and implement economically sound regional programs for the enhancement of environmental protection. The group fulfills this mission by providing a variety of support services that:
Cfacilitate communication and cooperation among member states and between states and EPA, and
C promote the efficient sharing of state and federal program resources.
NEWMOA's P2 program was established in 1989 to enhance the capabilities of the state and local environmental officials in the northeast to implement effective source reduction programs. The program is called the Northeast States Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NE P2 Roundtable). This program involves the following components: (1) NE P2 Roundtable meetings and workgroups; (2) regional P2 information resource center and databases of information; (3) source reduction research and publications; (4) training sessions; and (5) regional policy coordination and development. The NE P2 Roundtable is supported by NEWMOA member states and by grants from the EPA.
For more information visit www.newmoa.org.
Mercury Collection Campaign
The goal of collecting 2001 pounds of mercury by the fall of 2001 is well on its way to being met. To date, 1085 pounds have been reported as collected. This includes 250 pounds from school clean-outs, 35 pounds from thermometers, and 800 pounds from household hazardous waste collections and thermometer exchanges. Over 32,000 mercury thermometers have been exchanged for digital models at these events. Additional thermometer exchanges are scheduled for the Spring in conjunction with HHW events and as part of health fairs and other events. A pick-up is also being arranged for 165 dentists in the state who have stores of unused mercury. Distribution of "The Environmentally Responsible Dental Office" to all CT dentists served as a catalyst to provide for this collection in partnership with the CT State Dental Association.
The CT DEP is working in cooperation with the CT Auto Recyclers Association on a voluntary program where auto recyclers would remove and recycle used mercury switches from automobiles. This would prevent mercury from being released when cars with these switches are crushed and shredded, or if the switches corrode with age. For more information contact: Kim Trella, CT DEP (860) 424-3234.
"A Green Home is a Healthy Home" exhibit and brochure - In an effort to reach a more mainstream audience with the pollution prevention message, a new exhibit and brochure were designed and shown at this spring's CT Home Show held on March 16 - 18 at the Hartford Civic Center. Thousands of attendees had the opportunity to consider more than the new house they were building or the renovations they were making by visiting the new green home booth. A diverse selection of information was available on everything from xeriscapes to green building design. For more information contact: Kim Trella, CT DEP (860) 424-3234.
NICE3 Grants Encourage Energy Innovation - CT DEP has co-sponsored four CT companies over the past four years and brought in over $2 million in grants for these companies to use to prepare their new energy-saving technologies for market. For more information contact: Lynn Stoddard, CT DEP (860) 424-3297.
Fuel Cell Feasible? - The CT DEP has been awarded a grant to study the feasibility of adding a fuel cell to their operations at the 79 Elm Street headquarters building in Hartford, CT. The year-long study will offer suggestions on how alternative energy sources might be incorporated into the building's energy framework. For more information contact: Lynn Stoddard, CT DEP (860) 424-3297.
Building Fact Sheets Available - A series of fact sheets on Green Building is
being created with four fact sheets currently available. They are: "What to
Consider for Your Green Home," "Your Home Landscape," "Indoor Environmental
Quality," and "Proper Use and Disposal of Treated Lumber." For more information
contact: Frank Gagliardo, CT DEP (860) 424-3365.
Maine DEP recently sponsored a series of pollution prevention workshops facilitated by Terri Goldberg, NEWMOA. These sessions focused on the integration of P2 in the enforcement and permit writing processes for DEP personnel. Current case studies, where the insertion of P2 suggestions or technologies eased the regulatory burden of reporting facilities, were examined. Brainstorming sessions for identifying what pollution prevention means and where it can fit into business and manufacturing processes and compliance assurance were integral sessions of each training.
For more information contact: Chris Rushton, ME DEP (207) 287-7100.
MA Mercury Reduction Bill
The Cellucci-Swift Administration may file comprehensive legislation to reduce man-made mercury in the environment. If enacted, the legislation would ban the sale of mercury thermometers in MA without a prescription, hold manufacturers more accountable for better labeling of products that contain mercury, include a phase out and bans, and expand public education and outreach. The proposed legislation is part of a regional plan to reduce mercury in New England and Canada and is based on the NEWMOA Mercury Education and Reduction Model Legislation.
Nearly three years ago, Governor Cellucci joined the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in unanimously agreeing on a regional plan for reducing mercury pollution by at least 50 percent by 2003. Massachusetts has gone beyond the regional plan by setting a goal of cutting mercury emissions by 75 percent or more by 2010. Massachusetts will exceed the regional 50 percent reduction goal this year - two years ahead of schedule - and the rest of the New England states and Eastern Canadian provinces have, together, already reduced mercury emissions by 40 percent
MA Beyond 2000 Solid Waste Master Plan
This winter, the Commonwealth unveiled Beyond 2000 Solid Waste Master Plan- A Policy Framework. This plan charts a course for the next ten years by providing an overarching policy framework for managing solid waste in the Commonwealth that will lead to a more sustainable future.
The plan builds on ten years of reducing the disposal of solid waste (40 million tons). Massachusetts has also quadrupled its recycling rate, brought comprehensive recycling services to 85 percent of the population and closed 100 unlined landfills that posed significant threats to groundwater.
To go beyond the progress MA has already made, the state must embrace sustainability principles that require the reversal of recent trends of increased waste generation. Discarded material can no longer be viewed as waste that has served one purpose but as a resource for another purpose. Manufacturers must take greater responsibility for the products and packaging they produce that unnecessarily becomes waste. Using these principles, the plan calls for a 70 percent reduction in the waste stream by 2010.
An integral component of the plan to reduce waste is the Product Stewardship Initiative sponsored by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA). Product stewardship refers to the concept that all parties responsible for the design, production, sale, and use of a product assume responsibility for its environmental impacts. The cooperation of product designers and manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, retailers, and consumers are necessary.
The following are examples of product stewardship: reducing the amount of plastic in a soda bottle; substituting a non-toxic for a toxic material in a bathroom cleaner; and setting up a collection program to take back carpet, paint, or electronics for recycling. Product Stewardship efforts have already begun in Massachusetts. EOEA has worked with the rechargeable battery industry to implement a recycling program, developed oil recycling legislation with the petroleum industry, and is currently involved in a surplus paint take-back program with Benjamin Moore.
While this effort primarily will be voluntary in nature, it will be backed by the potential for government regulation. For example DEP has issued municipal waste combustor regulations that require facility owners to assist the state in developing programs to collect and recycle or dispose of products containing mercury prior to combustion.
EOEA and the Univ. of MA are supporting the creation of a new national Product Stewardship Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. This Institute will assist Massachusetts and other states to negotiate with industry to reach agreements to reduce environmental impacts from the manufacture, use, storage and disposal of consumer products.
Other source reduction strategies include:
In April 2000 MA became the first state in the nation to ban the disposal of cathode ray tubes (CRT). CRTs are the leaded glass picture tubes found inside televisions, computer monitors, and some video games. Currently, 275 communities provide for collection of CRTs and/or consumer electronics. Through the CRT grant program, more than 1,850 tons of computers and TVs were recycled during calendar year 2000. Communities not participating in the program recycled an estimated additional 1,000 tons. This equates to more than 110,000 TVs and computers that would have been discarded.
Two MA firms-CASTion Corp. of Ludlow and BOC Edwards of Wilmington-were recognized for environmental stewardship through the the MA Strategic Environmental Tech. Partnership (STEP).
STEP is a unique collaboration of government and academia (Univ. of MA) that promotes technology-based solutions to environmental challenges. STEP provides a range of services including technology assessment; technology demonstration; business assistance; applied research and development; and access to interstate markets. Since 1994, more than 140 companies have received assistance from STEP.
CASTion's zero discharge wastewater recovery system was installed in 1999, and to date BOC Edwards has efficiently and safely cleaned and re-circulated its waste chemicals and industrial water, eliminating the discharge of wastewater into the environment.
For further information, contact: Paul Walsh, MA DEP (617) 556-1011.
Drawing on their experience working one-on-one with Massachusetts manufacturers, OTA staff are working with professors at several University of Massachusetts laboratories to help strengthen the relationship between academic environmental research and the needs of Massachusetts industry.
An OTA research proposal, based on issues encountered in the field through the course of on-site technical assistance visits, is already accepted and underway at Univ. of MA Boston. Under the direction of Professor John Warner of the Univ. of MA Boston Department of Chemistry, researchers are seeking to identify the mechanism by which lead (in the form of litharge - PbO) acts as a stabilizer in the rubber and plastics used for electrical wire and cable insulation. Currently, underground wire or cable installations require difficult and costly measures in order to prevent groundwater contamination from lead leaching out of the coating material. The researchers hope that the so-called "litharge project" will facilitate the development of easier and less-toxic alternatives to lead-containing insulation.
Interest in lead-reduction initiatives, such as the litharge project, has been sparked by new Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBT) regulations that will require companies to report lead usage of 100 pounds per year or greater. OTA has identified 15 manufacturers of wire insulation in MA, the combined lead usage of which totals approximately 12 million pounds annually. A non-lead alternative would greatly benefit these companies, and bring a new niche market opportunity to MA manufacturers.
OTA is also working closely with Professor Warner to increase awareness, understanding and support of the research and application of "green chemistry" technologies, which seek to mimic the sustainable, low-toxic, self-assembling characteristics of natural processes. On April 6, the EOEA and the Univ. of MA co-sponsored the first-ever MA Green Chemistry Symposium. Speakers included representatives from university laboratories, industry, MA state government and the White House Office on Science and Technology Policy.
The Symposium provided an introduction to green chemistry and its relevance to MA industry, with an emphasis on the biotechnology and the plastics and resins sectors. OTA hopes the event will help catalyze further industry-university-government partnership in developing innovative environmental technologies.
In addition to supporting environmental research, OTA is helping draw attention to select P2 success stories throughout MA. A March 21st event at BOC Edwards in Wilmington, organized by DEP with support from OTA, recognized that company's considerable commitment to environmental management and responsibility. Highlighted at the event was the facility's recently installed water filtration and recirculation system developed by Ludlow-based CASTion, Inc. Acknowledgments from DEP Commissioner Lauren Liss, Deputy Secretary Gina McCarthy, and State Senator Bruce Tarr, and comments from BOC Edwards executives emphasized the link between environmental and economic performance. OTA is helping to arrange a similar event at a Western MA metal finisher that recently went through a dramatic transformation; the company remade itself as an environmentally conscious manufacturer and, as a result, has reaped significant economic benefits.
For more information contact: Stephen George, MA OTA (617)
P2 Training in Toronto
The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) recently collaborated with the Canadian Centre for P2 to offer P2 training to business representatives, provincial, and federal staff. This three-day training event addressed planning procedures and regulatory requirements in by two recent regulations. The Professional Development Centre, a department within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the Univ. of Toronto, hosted this training.
Participants in this pilot offering of the training received comprehensive lessons on the planning process, baseline review, materials accounting, cost information, establishing targets and objectives, options impact assessment, implementation issues, and monitoring and review based on the MA program. Energy efficiency and facility sustainability were also included in the discussion. Case studies and "lessons learned" from Canadian and American programs were presented to assist in helping the local businesses ease into new reporting and planning requirements.
The new regulations driving this initiative are twofold. On a federal level, the National Office of Pollution Prevention within Environment Canada has passed the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). Part 4 of this regulation grants the Minister of the Environment the authority to require facilities to prepare and implement P2 plans. The City of Toronto has also passed a regulation requiring P2 planning. This new component of the Sewer Use Bylaw requires companies to establish a P2 plan with 3 and 6 year goals. A planning summary would be submitted to illustrate progress towards the company's goals. For more information contact: Steven Greska, TURI (978) 934-3294, Steven_Greska@uml.edu.
For more information contact: Patricia Gittes, MA TURI (978) 934-3129.
NEW HAMPSHIRE DES
P2 in Healthcare Activities
NH DES P2 staff is continuing to work with hospitals on mercury reduction and P2. NH DES and the NH Hospital Association will be conducting a follow-up survey on mercury use and reduction to compare to the 1999 NH Mercury Reduction Survey. Preliminary results from a quick phone survey have been positive. For example, the survey results have shown that the distribution of over 1400 mercury thermometers per year by three hospitals has been discontinued. A summary of the results of the second survey will be available on the NHPPP web page later this year.
NH DES, New Hampshire Dental Society, and the NH Small Business Development Center are beginning to work with the dental sector. A survey will be created and distributed to a random sample of dental offices. The survey will be used to determine the amount of amalgam versus composite use in dental offices, the type of information dental offices would benefit most from, and the type of media dental offices would most likely use.
The Mercury Reduction Task Force continues to meet quarterly. At the February 2001 meeting, Commissioner Varney asked the Task Force to expand their focus to address dioxin as well as other PBTs. Many Task Force members are educated and informed on the issues associated with dioxin emissions, and they will address this request in the appropriate workgroups.
Three bills have been introduced that address mercury in products. HB 645 requires pre-sorting for mercury-containing products from municipal solid waste and HB 655 establishes an advanced disposal fee for mercury-containing products to fund the pre-sorting program. HB 675 proposes labeling and collection requirements, a disposal ban, phase-out provisions, and disclosure provisions for mercury-containing products used in health care facilities. The bill also includes a state procurement provision and provides for equal reimbursement of non-mercury dental fillings by state insurance providers.
The NHPPP has created an updated draft of "Best Management Practices for NH Marinas." The major change from the original version is that the updated draft is multi-media. A self-audit checklist for marinas, including regulatory and P2 opportunities, is available at www.des.state.nh.us/nhppp/marinas.htm. P2 Staff, along with a member of the Watershed Management Bureau, will be conducting site assessments in the Spring 2001. Data complied from the site assessments will be used to further revise the BMP manual and checklist. For more information contact: Jen Drociak, NH DES (603) 271-0878, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dioxin Reduction Strategy
NH DES has released the New Hampshire Dioxin Reduction Strategy, a first-in-the-nation plan for reducing NH dioxin emissions sources. The Strategy's recommendations include working with hospitals to reduce medical waste incineration, reducing the use of chlorine-treated products, measuring dioxin emissions from wood-burning utilities, and encouraging the replacement of older wood-burning stoves. The Strategy also recommends banning backyard burning of household waste, and legislation has been introduced to implement this recommendation. For more information contact: Rick Rumba, NH DES (603) 271-1987, email@example.com.
NH DES P2 Staff and the NH Small Business Development Center are organizing a Bankers Forum for bank loan officers and insurance underwriters. The workshops will highlight two speakers from the banking sector who will give presentations on why loan officers and insurance underwriters should favorably review businesses with good environmental records, programs, and policies. Statistics will be shared on businesses with good environmental track records that also coincide with increased profits and longevity. Workshops are scheduled for June 14 and 15, 2001, in Manchester, Pease (Portsmouth), and Meredith. For more information contact: Andrea O'Brien, NH SBDC (603) 634-2622, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The P2 Program has recently hired Jennifer Drociak to fill the Pollution Prevention Specialist position. Jen will be lead on the Marina Project as well as assisting with on going projects and day-to-day tasks of the P2 Program. Jen can be contacted at (603) 271-0878, email@example.com.
The P2 Program also has re-hired Lin Hill to fill the Pollution Prevention Technician position. Lin is currently working on the P2 Program legislative report and the PrintSteps project. Lin can be contacted at (603) 271-2902, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ninth Annual NH P2 Conference will be held on Monday, April 16, 2001, at the UNH campus in Durham. This year's theme is "Better Business Through Energy Efficiency and Pollution Prevention." Conference topics will include advanced technology vehicles, reducing and managing electronic waste, "Industries of the Future" program, energy service companies and performance contracting, TRI P2 cases studies, and consolidating emergency management and hazardous communication plans. To register, visit www.learn.unh.edu/pollution/index.html.
For more information contact: Stephanie D'Agostino, NHDES (603) 271-6398, email@example.com.
NEW YORK STATE DEC
Strategic Goals Program (SGP) - Metal Finishing
Staff continues to actively participate in the SGP program. The NYS SGP Framework Document was finalized and signed by stakeholders on September 20, 2001. A document outlining the "Role/Function of the Technical Review Board (TRB)" has been developed. The TRB will review metal finishers applications for placement/movement up/down the performance ladder. Four Metal Finisher/EMS Workshops were held in March 2001. The workshops were coordinated with local POTW's to increase participation. Over 75 participants attended these workshops. The next step is to identify participating metal finishers who qualify for placement on the performance ladder and work with them on completing their placement applications.
Staff in cooperation with the NYS Department of Ag & Markets has been a surveying farms to identify the use of Hg manometers. The survey which originally used certified milk inspectors to survey the farms will now be completed with a direct mailing. It is now expected that the collection of data will be completed in the summer 2001. The project will also include evaluating replacement alternatives and the costs of each alternative.
The 1999 New York State's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report is being prepared. Previously data was entered by Department staff and a report was generated. This year NYS DEC will be downloading EPA's compiled data and then preparing the report. Constant EPA changes and Y2K problems have finally resulted in DEC giving up on the Agency's outdated data management system. The report is being reformatted to be more user friendly.
The New York State Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention applications are now available and the deadline for applying is May 1, 2001. This year DEC has added a new category: Continuous Improvement. This category is for organizations that demonstrate a longer term commitment to P2 and continue to develop and implement P2 programs and achieve results. Projects are not necessarily limited to those which have been started or completed in 2000. The awards will be presented during Pollution Prevention Week in September 2001.
In lieu of the annual P2 conference the Unit will be holding a special P2 Open House at DEC's new location at 625 Broadway, Albany NY. It will be held during P2 Week, September 17-23, 2001. Planned activities include exhibits and presentations, facility tours and the annual children's poster contest awards.
Metal Finishing - The Pollution Prevention Unit is continuing its outreach program for the Metal Finishing Industry. The Environmental Self-Assessment for the Metal Finishing Industry and The Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Guide for the Metal Finishing Industry manuals have been developed. The manuals are now available from the Unit and online at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu.
Marinas - Pollution Prevention staff are currently developing an outreach program for the marina industry. Staff are conducting site visits of representative marinas statewide to obtain information to be utilized in the Marina Self-Assessment, and P2 and Environmental Compliance manual they are in the process of developing. Staff is working with their partners, Sea Grant and the Empire State Marine Trades Assoc., to get input on the issues to include in the manual and workshops. A marina video featuring P2 measures used at NYS marinas is being developed. Workshops will be held in Fall 2001.
State Agency Workshops - Pollution Prevention staff are holding four pollution prevention workshops in April for State Agencies including the NYS Department of Transportation; NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that will focus on P2 measures and environmental compliance issues at State Agencies.
Pulp and Paper Industry -The Pollution Prevention Unit is starting to develop an outreach program for the pulp and paper industry. An intern is working with the Unit to conduct research on existing information and resources available.
Comparative Risk Project - The Comparative Risk Project identifies those environmental stressors that pose the highest risks to the citizens and environment of NYS in order to develop a P2 strategy aimed at reducing risk. Phase 1 of this project has been completed with the Steering Committee's recent approval of the Phase 1 Final Report. This report summarizes the results of the risk characterization reports by the three work groups that made up Phase 1 of the Project, and provides guidance for Phase 2. A Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group has been selected and will develop a P2 strategy. All project reports are available online at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2crp.html.
For more information contact: Dennis Lucia, NYS DEC (518) 485-5857, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mercury P2 in Healthcare Initiative
The Erie County Office of Pollution Prevention received federal assistance from the EPA Great Lakes National Program Office to engage in a two year, technical assistance mercury P2 implementation project for the healthcare industry. P2 offers a logical, cost effective and feasible approach to eliminating mercury pollution from healthcare sources. This project, which was officially kicked off in April 2000, has established a collaborative partnership between the Erie County Office of Pollution Prevention, the Western New York Healthcare Association, which represents hospitals and healthcare facilities in the eight counties of Western New York (WNYHA), and the Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA). The WNYHA has assisted Mercury Program staff with securing healthcare facilities by advocating and communicating the value, importance and benefits of participation. The BSA will provide technical support to assist participants in complying with mercury discharge limits in their permits, as a resource for establishing training programs in the facilities and to conduct wastewater sampling and analysis as necessary.
Incorporating P2 practices into the day-to-day operations of running a healthcare organization is an effective long-term strategy to reduce the impact of healthcare facilities on the environment. The Mercury P2 in Healthcare Initiative will demonstrate the value of P2 in accomplishing reduced toxic loading from the healthcare industry while maintaining quality healthcare for patients. P2 can decrease healthcare operating costs as well.
Progress to date includes: completion of departmental inventories of mercury use within each facility; technical expertise and guidance on source identification and reduction strategies; assistance with incorporating mercury P2 in training and education programs; and, on-site P2 and solid waste reduction assessments. Within each healthcare facility, the program was introduced to employees through outreach and education that included newsletter submissions, presentations to committees, employee thermometer exchanges and a poster presentation and mercury product display. The thermometer exchanges were well received and resulted in over 700 thermometers exchanged for a mercury-free alternative. Future work to be accomplished will entail formalizing the facilities' commitments to the EPA/American Hospital Association Memorandum of Understanding; preparing a cost analysis for mercury elimination and alternative products; establishing purchasing policies for mercury and polyvinyl chloride products; implementation of best management practices and P2 recommendations; and, dissemination of program results and information throughout the Great Lakes Basin. In addition, ECOPP staff will present the case studies of the participating facilities to hospitals in Western New York and provide technical assistance in order for them to accomplish the goals of the US EPA/AHA Memorandum of Understanding.
Protecting the environment, and thereby protecting human health, is in the realm of every healthcare organizational mission and community commitment. When hospitals reduce their use of mercury they are positively influencing community health by eliminating a known health hazard, as well as setting a positive example and a higher standard for other businesses in the community.
For more information contact: Mary Rossi, ECOPP (716) 858-7583, email@example.com.
Mercury Fever Thermometer Exchange
Vermont DEC has completed a two-week statewide mercury fever thermometer exchange conducted at pharmacies in the state. The event was highly successful with about 15 percent of households participating, 33,000 digital thermometers distributed, 45,000 mercury thermometers collected, and 95 pounds of total mercury collected. A total of 111 pharmacies out of 119 in the state participated in the exchange. All of these pharmacies voluntarily pledged to discontinue the sale of mercury fever thermometers. DEC is preparing a final report on the project detailing methods and results. For further information contact: Karen Busshart, VT DEC (802) 241-3455.
Biosolids Toxics Use Reduction Project
Vermont DEC is initiating a pilot toxics use reduction project with two municipalities - the city of Winooski and the Town of Brattleboro - with a focus on improving biosolids quality. DEC hopes to provide these communities with funding to create their own toxics use reduction strategies, working with businesses, schools and other institutions, and the community at large, with technical assistance and education programs developed. DEC staff and the VT Small Business Development Center will provide technical assistance and project oversight. Although the focus of the program will be initially on improving biosolids quality through increased awareness and behavior change, it is hoped that the initiative will have broader P2 implications in the community and serve as a model for other communities and community-based approaches.
Mercury Product Model Legislation
Vermont DEC has been involved with legislative activity on its mercury products legislation, S. 91. This bill has been passed by the Senate Natural Resources Committee and awaits a vote in the Senate. Although there have been many changes to the bill as originally introduced, most of the provisions of the NEWMOA model remain in recognizable form. S. 91 can be viewed at www.mercvt.org.
VT DEC's School Science Lab and Mercury Clean-Out Project is nearing completion this spring. 83 high schools and middle schools have been cleaned out of unwanted hazardous chemicals and mercury. All schools will have completed two day-long training sessions as well, and DEC will be following up with a submittal of the required lab chemical management plans and assisting schools with plan completion. A final report on the Project will be prepared by this summer.
A Household Appliance Mercury Switch Removal Manual is being prepared, with instructions for identification and removal of switches. The manual will be finalized this spring and distributed to appliance businesses, scrap yards, and solid waste management facilities. Workshops are being planned.
A compliance guide for metal fabricators has been developed for distribution this spring.
Two P2 grants have been awarded to VT businesses. A grant was given to a VT dry cleaner to help support the installation of the first wet cleaning machine in VT. It is now installed and is being tested. A second grant was awarded to the VT Ski Areas Assoc. to develop environmentally preferable purchasing strategies for the ski industry in VT.
For more information contact: Gary Gulka (802) 241-3626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPA REGION I-NEW ENGLAND
Municipal DPW Garages
Requests from highway associations, regional planning agencies, and individual facilities for workshops and on-site assistance have been generated by the "Natick" enforcement letter, and EPA has been responding to these where state partners are interested and time allows. Two compliance/ P2 workshops will take place in Central/Western MA in April in cooperation with MA DEP. Also, EPA Region I is trying to come up with an acceptable self-audit and outreach initiative for DPWs in response to a request for enforcement amnesty/leniency by APWA. EPA Region I has developed a new DPW compliance/P2 checklist (modeled on NEWMOA's for vehicle repair facilities) and are revamping the website for municipalities. For more information contact: Abby Swaine, EPA Region I (617) 918-1841.
Storm Water Phase II
Because the new Phase II storm water regulations will begin affecting a lot of entities - smaller "urbanized" communities, municipal vehicle maintenance facilities, wastewater plants, and public and private construction operations disturbing one acre or more - starting in March 2003, EPA has been busy researching exactly what these regulated entities will have to do and planning outreach to provide as many specifics, tools, and options as possible. Due to the complex and evolving nature of the program and the state/federal interaction in implementing it, EPA's strategy has changed several times. However, EPA did stage two large kick-off workshop/trade shows in MA and NH late last year, and have produced a couple of fact sheets and articles to begin getting the word out. For more information contact: Abby Swaine, EPA Region I (617) 918-1841.
EPA and NEIWPCC conducted an energy efficiency workshop for wastewater treatment facilities in RI and are planning another for ME. EPA Region I drafted a guide called "Saving Money and the Environment Through Energy Efficiency: Options for Wastewater Treatment Facilities." EPA continues to meet with DOE to work on a strategy to market energy efficiency more directly to municipal departments and facilities. For more information contact: Jack Healey, EPA Region I (617) 918-1844.
Assistance to Colleges/Universities
Region I has been doing a great deal of outreach at various events related to colleges and universities in the Region. EPA staff presented at the national Partnership for Environmental Technology and Education (PETE) Instructor conference in St. Louis in March, and at the "Environmental Management, Compliance and Performance Conference for Colleges and Universities" in Washington, DC in February. In April, EPA, ME DEP, and university partners are cosponsoring a "21st Century Campus" Conference in Bar Harbor. The Regional Office has also been working with Yale University on a May 17th "Best Practices in Environmental Management" Seminar to be held at Yale. The seminar will cover BMPs such as chemical inventory management, advanced training technologies, laboratory process mapping, green building design, and green purchasing.
EPA Region I is working with the firm TetraTech to develop an Environmental Management Systems Guide for Colleges and Universities. EPA has been spending a lot of effort developing, and getting OMB approval for, a telephone survey of colleges/ universities that have attended one or more of their events, to assess customer satisfaction and behavior change. The Region is also developing a project to get more colleges and universities to take advantage of EPA's Self-Audit Policy. For more information contact: Peggy Bagnoli, EPA Region I (617) 918-1828.
K-12 & Vocational Schools
EPA Region I is now working under the umbrella of the Regional "Toxics Free Schools" campaign initiated by former Regional Administrator Mindy Lubber. The Regional staff continue to conduct most of their outreach at other organizations' events. Recently their efforts in Maine have been expanding. Some large CT manufacturers have approached EPA and CT DEP to propose funding toxics cleanouts in schools, and EPA is exploring whether Agency policy will allow them to be involved in coordinating that work. EPA is continuing to work with NEWMOA on a mercury checklist for schools, and with EPA-HQ on collecting all EPA outreach materials for K-12, posting them on the Internet, and creating a toolkit advertising the website, contacts, and resources. For more information contact: Lee Fiske, EPA Region I (617) 918-1847.Assistance to Metal Finishers
EPA Region I is making considerable progress in getting the AESF to take over the EPA Strategic Goals program so that the Agency can turn their attention to newer challenges related to metals and electronics, such as the new Metal Products and Machinery Effluent Guidelines, and making electronics product components less toxic and easier to disassemble for reuse and recycling (see below). Rick Reibstein, who is now at EPA Region I, held a workshop on cleaner production for electronics manufacturers in March in Manila. For more information contact: Linda Darveau, EPA Region I (617) 918-1718.
Mercury Challenge for Hospitals
Over the winter, EPA focused on reviewing, approving and publicizing about 50 applications for the Mercury Challenge EPA Partners for Change program. A joint EPA Region 1 and 2 compliance workshop for hospitals was held in CT in March. For more information contact: Janet Bowen, EPA Region I (617) 918-1795.
EPA Region I has been meeting with state agency partners, marine trade association officials, and other relevant organizations in all states to discuss plans for outreach and compliance assessment effort for marinas. A Marinas guide and checklist that will be used in this effort is in draft form. For more information contact: Larry Wells, EPA Region I (617) 918-1836.
EPA Region I have been working with EPA's Office of Research and Development to explore how the P2 Template format might be used to analyze or portray technologies under the next (post pilot) phase of Environmental Technology Verification program's P2 technology verification efforts, with EPA's consultant Battelle to find potential partners for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements involving the Template, and with NEWMOA to devise ways to refocus New England effort toward general analyses using the Template. For more information contact: Abby Swaine, EPA Region I (617) 918-1841.
Sustainable Performance & Practices
The pace of state and national government efforts in Product Stewardship has increased greatly in the last several months. In December, the Boston kickoff meeting of the National Product Stewardship Forum focused on five commodities, one of which was electronics. In February, a National Electronics Stewardship Workshop brought together federal agencies, businesses, academia, and non-government organizations to foster a cohesive strategy among federal agencies (and within EPA itself) on the issue of Electronics Product Stewardship and Electronics Recycling. In April, EPA Region I will moderate two sessions at the Electronics Product Recovery and Recycling (EPR2) Conference on collection models and electronic product stewardship initiatives. In January, the Product Stewardship Institute (Univ. of MA Lowell) began coordinating states toward a Product Stewardship position on electronics management and disposition. EPA Region I is assisting Headquarters (HQ) in preparing a fact sheet called "Electronics: A New Opportunity to Reuse and Recycle" which will include regional information.
In January, EPA Region I participated in a meeting of the National Ski Areas Association to assist a team from HQ in presenting a variety of EPA environmental tools to participants, including WAVE, WasteWise, Energy Star, Performance Track and EMS. For more information contact: Cynthia Greene, EPA Region I (617) 918-1813.
EPA REGION II
As part of a 2000 PPIS Grant to the NYS Department of Health (DOH), NYS DEC, and the Healthcare Association of NYS are planning six regional technical seminars and accompanying hospital tours to take place in April through June 2001. The morning program at each seminar will focus on the values of P2, including economic value, environmental value, risk reduction, community service, compliance value, and the role of leadership. In the afternoon, the host facility will present a two hour tour designed to demonstrate P2 activities that have been implemented. Most facilities can accommodate approximately 50 people on a tour. This will be followed by a question and answer session, an opportunity to hand out resources and references, and closing remarks. For more information contact: Deborah Freeman, EPA Region II (212) 637-3730, email@example.com.
Region II federal facilities coordinator Kathleen Malone is promoting the
development and implementation of EMSs at hospitals and universities. Recent
presentations include a talk on EMS at a Joint EPA Region I/Region II compliance
assistance seminar for medical facilities in CT. Kathleen will make another EMS
presentation at a similar workshop in Philadelphia in
June. Additional workshops are planned for Puerto Rico. Services offered to federal facilities include free on-site reviews of their environmental management systems.
Many activities are underway in the Region to reduce the volume of mercury in the environment, including the reduction of mercury via the MOU between EPA and the AHA; replacing mercury containing products, such as manometers and plumbing gauges; and recycling and properly disposing of mercury recovered from automobiles, computers and other electronic products.
Sample projects include: a PPIS (2000) grant to the Solid Waste Management Authority of Puerto Rico to initiate a mercury reduction program for hospitals; and an EJP2 (1999) grant to the City University of New York to conduct outreach on health and environmental impacts relating to mercury use in religious activities. EPA staff have also been working closely with the NJ Mercury Task Force on developing recommendations to reduce the volume of mercury in the environment.
As part of Region II's commitment to build capacity among Indian Nations to design and implementation pollution prevention programs, EPA awarded a small grant to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to fund a casino waste reduction workshop. Robert Pojasek of Pojasek & Associates facilitated the workshop in December 2000 at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg, NY. For two days participants were exposed to a systems approach to P2. Participants were introduced to various tools in which they focused in on a specific process they conducted routinely in their work, for example, preparing a meal in the kitchen or changing an air filter. Participants learned to identify the P2 opportunity (note: not "problem"); look for the root cause of the loss (waste); derive alternative P2 measures; select an alternative approach; and write action items and implementation plan.
The Solid Waste Director for the St. Regis Mohawk Nation is working with the participants on implementing P2 action plans and will track results over the next few months. Mike Van Splinter, Director of Environmental Services at Foxwoods Resort Casino, participated in the workshop and shared examples from Foxwoods of what they are doing to minimize waste and institutionalize P2 at Foxwoods. EPA anticipates that this project will facilitate larger waste minimization/P2 initiatives at the casino and the reservation.
For more information contact: Marcia Seidner, EPA Region II (212) 647-3584, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTHEAST P2 ROUNDTABLE
NEWMOA is please to announce that the state of New Jersey is rejoining the Association. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will now fully participate in NEWMOA's pollution prevention, waste management, and waste site cleanup activities. NEWMOA is excited about having New Jersey as a member and is looking forward to working with them. Readers of this newsletter can expect updates and information from New Jersey in the next issue.
NEWMOA recently welcomed two new staff people to work on a variety of projects this year. Karen Thomas, who worked for the Toxics Use Reduction Institute for many years, recently joined the NEWMOA staff to manage a mercury reduction project (see description below). Karen brings a wealth of industry and research experience and has gotten the project off to a great start. Hannah Sarnow comes to NEWMOA from the Tellus Institute where she was involved in a wide variety of energy and economic projects. Hannah has background in natural resource economics and is already contributing a great deal to a variety of NEWMOA projects, including various web-based databases and development of pollution prevention metrics software.
Community Mercury Reduction
With funding from the MA DEP, NEWMOA has begun a project to get mercury out of public schools. Through this project, NEWMOA is developing guidance for conducting school mercury audits and preparing curriculum for middle and high schools on the sources, uses, safety issues and health risks associated with mercury. The curriculum and guidance materials are being tested through a pilot project with 12 Massachusetts middle and high schools. Through this project, NEWMOA will work with local officials to facilitate mercury clean-outs at participating schools and help to ensure that mercury-containing products are not reintroduced at the schools in the future. NEWMOA will learn about the effectiveness of the materials delivered through pre- and post- mercury surveys of participating students/staff.
NEWMOA is also working with three Massachusetts communities to develop guidance for municipal officials, businesses and the public for mercury collection and source separation projects. Two of these brochures will include information on sources and impacts of mercury and safe handling and disposal options for municipalities and businesses. The third brochure will be for the general public. These brochures will include checklists to assist people in identifying mercury-containing products and materials. NEWMOA will facilitate mercury clean-outs at participating municipalities and assist the communities in conducting fever thermometer exchanges.
NEWMOA has been working closely with the EPA Region 1 and MA DEP on a project to examine the use of mercury at federal facilities and identify opportunities for reduction. The Project Team visited four different types of federal facilities: an analytical laboratory, an air force base, a naval shipyard and a military college. The level of mercury awareness prior to the project varied among the four facilities. However, the Project Team did find opportunities for reduction at all the facilities. The Project Team found a few serious situations: mercury spills not being cleaned up properly, staff uninformed about the danger of mercury exposure, mercury not being carefully stored, and used fluorescent bulbs disposed in the regular trash.
Overall, the project resulted in improved management practices and significant mercury reductions. Each case study presents the results of the mercury site assessment and makes recommendations for additional mercury reduction and control efforts. The Project Team also developed a questionnaire and inventory log sheet to help facilities identify the locations and uses of mercury-containing products as well as related procurement, management, and disposal procedures. The Project Team held an outreach workshop for other New England Federal Facilities on April 5, 2001. The four case studies and the questionnaire and inventory log sheet will be available on NEWMOA's website. A hard copy booklet will also be available.
P2 Week 2001 is scheduled to take place September 17-23, and the NEWMOA states are gearing up to undertake a number of coordinated regional activities for that week. The NEWMOA states have tentatively decided to develop their efforts under a theme of environmentally preferable purchasing and will be working together to develop a joint resolution, a book mark, and some web-based information tools.
P2 in Machining & Metal Fabrication
Pollution Prevention for Machining and Metal Finishing, A Manual for Technical Assistance Providers, is a synthesis of existing work in machining and metal fabrication. The purpose of the Manual is to provide technical assistance providers with a single point of access for: an overview of the industry and what environmental regulations apply; an overview of what the P2 opportunities are; a detailed discussion of P2 in metalworking fluid selection, use, and management; and information on innovative P2 technologies that are used in machining and metal fabrication facilities. The Manual will be printed in April.
For more information contact: Terri Goldberg, NEWMOA (617) 367-8558 x302, email@example.com.
Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange
The Northeast P2 Roundtable is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, P2Rx™, a national network of regional P2 information centers linked together to facilitate information retrieval from experts around the country. Current P2Rx™ projects include an online Topic Hub™ and a National Assistance Programs Database.
The primary audience for the Topic Hub™ Project are assistance programs. The Hub Project will be comprised of collections of links to online information relevant to a specific topic, such as mercury or metal fabrication. The Hubs will put the collection of links into a national and regional context and will access both national and regional information on the topic. To view a working model of the Topic Hub™, visit: http://newmoa.accessway.net/prevention/topichub/ noformat/. When the Project is fully implemented, users will be able to go directly to the NEWMOA website to view any of the collections that are created by the eight regional P2 information centers. P2Rx™ would appreciate feedback on the working model and topics for which collections should be developed.
The National Programs Database is a project that has grown out of existing work of the regional centers. Most centers maintain some collection of information on programs in their region. This information contains a lot of detail about the expertise of specific assistance programs that is not captured in other national collections. The National Programs Database will pull regional center collections together so that they may be searched from a single location. This should help assistance programs that are looking for others with experience on a specific topic or sector. It should also help businesses identify assistance resources of which they may not be aware. To access the NEWMOA Programs database, visit: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/activities. For more information on this Project, visit: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/ProgramsDatabase.htm.
For more information on P2Rx™ contact: Andy Bray, NEWMOA (617) 367-8558 x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Materials Matter: Toward a Sustainable Materials Policy (Urban and Industrial Environments)
(317 pp) 2001, by Ken Geiser. Published by MIT Press; ISBN-0262072165. In press.
Integrated Environmental Management Systems: Implementation Guide
EPA/744/R-00/011 October 2000. This guide has been designed to help companies integrate environmental concerns into business decision making using the Design for the Environment Program's Integrated Environmental Management System (IEMS). This Guide follows the guidelines of ISO 14001, an international standard for EMSs, and is designed to help businesses set up and implement a simple, straightforward EMS, but does not intend to give guidance for ISO 14001 certification. Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/tools/ems/manual. html.
Selling Environmental Products to the Federal Government
EPA/742/K-97/002 October 2000. Newly updated, this document provides a map of the federal marketplace for companies that manufacture, distribute, or otherwise provide "green" products and services. It contains specific information about whom to contact in some of the major agencies and the kinds of items that these agencies regularly buy. The booklet also provides answers to commonly asked questions and helpful hints about selling "green" products to the federal government. Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pdfs/stgbrochure.pdf.
State and Local Government Pioneers: How State and Local Governments Are Implementing Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Practices
EPA/742/R-00/004 November 2000. This document offers an overview of state and local government EPP activities and practices. It was based upon conversations with more than 125 officials from over 60 governments. The report - the third volume in the popular "pioneers" series - describes how these governments are incorporating EPP principles, the types of activities underway, the kinds of products being examined and purchased, and the lessons drawn from their experience. Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pdfs/statenlocal.pdf.
Cleaning National Parks: Using Environmentally Preferable Janitorial Products at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
EPA/908/R-00/001 December 2000. This document describes how Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks switched to less toxic, more environmentally preferable cleaning products. The project got its start by converting Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton Park to using only environmentally preferable cleaning products in the early 1990's. Due to the success of this project, they are now substituting environmentally preferable cleaning products, wherever possible, throughout both parks. Supplemental information is provided on chemicals found in commonly-used commercial and consumer cleaning products and caveats for evaluating products using material safety data sheets (MSDS). Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/library/cleaning.pdf.
Kids' Home Tour: Learn About Chemicals Around Your House
EPA 749-K-00-001 2000. An interactive web site designed to help kids identify household chemicals and to learn about their hazards. Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/kids/hometour/.
Real World Wetcleaning: A Study of Three Established Wetcleaning Shops
(31 pp) November 2000. Published by Center for Neighborhood Technology. This study provides insight into how wetcleaning works when fully implemented in a shop. Each shop is profiled, observations from the owners and staff described, key performance indicators detailed, and conclusions issued. Web Site: http://www.cnt.org/docs/Real_World_Wetcleaning.pdf.
Pollution Prevention: Fundamentals and Practice
(768 pp) 2000, by Paul L. Bishop. Published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education; ISBN-0073661473. The objective of this textbook is to introduce students to the principles of environmentally conscious products, processes, and manufacturing systems. The reader will learn the impacts of waste from manufacturing and post-use product disposal, environmental cycles of materials, and principles of environmental economics. Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pdfs/statenlocal.pdf.
Hazardous Waste Management: Second edition
(1228 pp) 2001, by Michael D. LaGrega (deceased), Phillip L. Buckingham, and Jeffrey C. Evans. Published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education; ISBN-0070393656. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the complex field of hazardous waste management, with thoroughly updated information on the most current methods of treatment, disposal, and site remediation.
Handbook of Pollution Prevention Practices
(440 pp) 2001, by Nicholas P. Cheremisinoff. Published by Marcel Dekker; ISBN-0824705424. This book focuses on reducing manufacturing and environmental compliance costs by instituting feedstock substitution, improved operations, recycling and by-product recovery, waste minimization, and energy efficiency policies, and offers project cost accounting tools that assist in evaluating money-saving P2 options.
Introduction to Green Chemistry
(530 pp) 2001, by Albert Matlack. Published by Marcel Dekker; ISBN- 0824704118. Presents a holistic and interdisciplinary approach for creating and using chemical products and processes. Offers new separation techniques, the latest waste reduction methods, and novel recycling procedures--including over 5500 literature references, illustrations, and exercise problems, as well as recommended reading.
Green Profits: The Manager's Handbook for ISO 14001 and Pollution Prevention
2001, by Nicholas P. Cheremisinoff and Avrom Bendavid-Val. Published by Marcel Dekker; ISBN- 0750674016. In Press.
The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
(340 pp) 2000, by William A. Shutkin and David Ross Brower. Published by MIT Press; ISBN-026219435X. In Shutkin's vision, the next stage of environmentalism will be a democratic, partnered one, with interest groups working together rather than vying to defeat each other, reaching consensus and making long-term plans that benefit both the environment and the community.
Environmentalism and the New Logic of Business
(146 pp) 2000, by R. Edward Freeman, Jessica Pierce and Richard H. Dodd. Published by Oxford Univ Press; ISBN-0195080939. The authors argue that US business must not content itself with meeting environmental standards mandated by the state: it must instead assume a leadership role in the struggle for conservation. Progressive environmental practices are more than just a question of ethics, suggest the authors--they make for long-term profits.
Environmental Politics and Policy 1960s to 1990s (Issues in Policy History, 9)
(184 pp) 2000, edited by Otis L., Jr. Graham. Published by Pennsylvania State Univ Press; (Txt); ISBN-0271020598. These essays consider the history of the environmental movement and reflect the changes in its agenda from the early 1960s to the current era of globalization. Specific consideration is given to issues of environmental justice, national security, and international trade.
Agency, Democracy, and Nature: The U.S. Environmental Movement from a Critical Theory Perspective
(347 pp) 2001, by Robert J. Brulle. Published by MIT Press; ISBN-0262522810. In this book Robert Brulle draws on a broad range of empirical and theoretical research to investigate the effectiveness of U.S. environmental groups. Brulle shows how Critical Theory - in particular the work of Jürgen Habermas - can expand the social causes of environmental degradation and possible political actions.
Environmental Justice Through Research-Based Decision-Making (New Directions in Public Administration)
(256 pp) 2000, by William M. Bowen. Published by Garland Publishing; ISBN-0815335008. This book discusses whether and to what extent there are widespread injustices and inequities caused by the distribution of environmental hazards.
From the Ground Up : Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement
(256 pp) 2000, by Luke W. Cole and Sheila Foster. Published by New York Univ Press; ISBN-0814715362. Combines long-time activism with powerful storytelling to provide gripping case studies of communities across the US and their struggles against corporate polluters. The authors use social, economic and legal analysis to illustrate the historical and contemporary causes for environmental racism.
Reclaiming the Environmental Debate: The Politics of Health in a Toxic Culture
(368 pp) 2000, edited by Richard Hofrichter. Published by MIT Press; ISBN-0262082845. Reflecting a diversity of voices and critical perspectives, the essays in this book range from critiques of traditional thinking and practices to strategies for creating healthy communities.
Approaches to Sustainable Development : The Public University in the Regional Economy
(480 pp) 2001, edited by Robert Forran, Jean L. Pyl, William Lazonick, and Charles Levenstein. Published by Univ. of Massachusetts Press; ISBN-1558493115. In 1993 a core group of faculty members at the Univ. of MA Lowell launched a study to find ways for the university to help stimulate regional development on a sustainable basis. The product of this research is a set of essays that span the physical and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities and engage the debate over how best to achieve sustainable development - a debate in which issues of social justice, popular participation, and economic development are inextricably linked.
Environmental Regulation and Competitive Advantage: A Study of Packaging Waste in the European Supply Chain
2000, edited by D. M. W. N. Hitchens. Published by Edward Elgar Pub; ISBN-1840642599. This European study focuses on the environmental compliance/ competitiveness relationship with respect to the regulation of packaging waste. An important and innovative feature of the study is its emphasis on backward and forward linkages. An entire supply chain is considered: packaging manufacturers and suppliers, food processors and the food retail sector, to study the competitiveness effects of environmental standards on manufacturing companies and the vertical links and supply responses.
Managing Livestock Wastes to Preserve Environmental Quality
(318 pp) 2000, by J. Ronald Miner, Frank Humenki and Michael R. Overcash. Published by Iowa State University Press; ISBN-0813826357. This text focuses on planning and designing cost-effective animal manure management systems with a main goal of preventing surface and groundwater contamination as well as air pollution and public complaints about odors.
Protecting the Commons: A Framework for Resource Management in the Americas
(328 pp) 2001, edited by Joanna Burger, et al. Published by Island Press; ISBN-1559637374. Provides an analytical framework for understanding the commons issues and policies, with 11 case studies of commons use.
Sharing Nature's Interest: Ecological Footprints as an Indicator of Sustainability
(200 pp) 2001, by Nicky Chambers, Craig Simmons and Mathis Wackernagel. Published by Earthscan Pubns Ltd; ISBN-1853837393. Provides a simple and straightforward introduction to ecological footprint analysis, showing how it can be done, and how to measure the "footprints" of activities, lifestyles, organizations, and regions. Case studies clearly illustrate its effectiveness at national, organizational, individual, and product levels.
Institutions, Ecosystems, and Sustainability
(234 pp) 2000, edited by Robert Costanza. et al. Published by Lewis Publishers, Inc.; ISBN-1566703891. Focuses on long-term, sustainable natural resource management practices at the local, national, and international levels. Particularly valuable is the use of simulation exercises to explore the consequences of social institutions and a discussion of the progress being made in developing a broad global data base to test hypotheses about the relationship between ecosystems and social institutions, and to investigate ways to repair the damage already caused by scale mismatches.
An Introduction to the Management and Regulation of Hazardous Waste
2000, by Emmett B. Moore. Published by Battelle Pr; ISBN-1574770888. Contains descriptions of major types of hazardous wastes, technologies for handling them, and the legal framework within which hazardous waste managers must operate. Written as an introduction to the subject, material will help those not familiar with hazardous wastes to better understand federal regulations, waste types, and management and remediation technologies for both active and abandoned sites.
NORTHEAST STATES P2 CALENDAR
|9th Annual New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Conference||UNH Continuing Education||April 16, Durham, NH||603 862-4234|
|The Electronics Product Recovery and Recycling (EPR2) Conference & The Electronics Recycling Summit||Nat. Safety Council||April 17-19, Arlington, VA||www.nsc.org/ehc/epr2.htm|
|Forum 2001: Solar Energy: The Power to Choose||American Solar Energy Society||April 21-25, Washington, DC||303 443-3130|
|The Energy & Environmental Capital Network's Raising Capital Seminar||Env. Bus. Council of New England||April 23-24, Boston, MA||734 996-8387|
|Industries of the Future: Honoring NH Manufacturing||WasteCap||April 24, Concord, NH||603 224-1517|
|TURP One-day Continuing Ed. Conf.||TURI||April 24, Sturbridge, MA||978 934-3411|
|The 2001 Environmental Conference : Sustainable Development & Corporate Power - Products as Change Agents||World Business Council for Sustainable Dev.||April 24-25, New York, NY||212 339-0345|
|6th Annual Conference on Recycling of Polymer, Textile, & Carpet Waste||Dept. of Continuing Ed., GIT||April 30-May 1, Dalton, GA||404 385-3520|
|18th Biannual P2 Hands-on Training Technology Workshop||US DOE||May 1-3, Novi/Detroit, MI||423 543-5422|
|Energy Efficiency Programs & Initiatives||NYC DEP||May 2, Brooklyn, NY||718 595-4394|
|CleanMed2001: An International Conference on Environmentally Preferable Medical Products||EHF and Others||May 4-5, Boston, MA||617 524-6018|
|National Risk Conference: Effectively Communicating Health Risks from Fish Contaminants||EPA and MN Dept. of Health||May 6-8, Chicago, IL||202 463-4237|
|Workshop on the Fate, Transport, & Transformation of Mercury||EPA||May 8-10, West Palm Beach, FL||703 318-4678|
|EnviroExpo2001: Creating Sustainable Environmental Results||EnviroExpo and Others||May 8-10, Boston, MA||617 489-2302|
|Annual National Forum on Contaminants in Fish||EPA||May 9, Chicago, IL||888 202-4237|
|P2 for Sustainable Cities: Improving Economic & Environmental Performance||Clean Cities||May 9-12, Seattle, WA||206 443-7723|
|Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project: National Membership Conf.||NEEP||May 14-17, Cleveland, OH||609 896-8835|
|31st Annual BioCycle National Conference||BioCycle||May 21-23, St. Paul, MN||610 967-4135|
|Learning Together 2001 - EMS Conference||MSWG||June 4-5, Philadelphia, PAemail@example.com|
|Canadian P2 Roundtable||Centre for P2||June 7-8, St. John's, Newfoundland||800 667-9790|
|NRRA 20th Recycling Conference & Exhibition||NRRA||June 11-13, Cape Cod, MA||603 798-5777|
|Banker's Forum||NH SBDC||June 14-15, Manchester, NH||603 634-2622|
|2001 DOE Pollution Prevention Conference||DOE||June 18-22, Albuquerque, NM||505 667-6711|
|Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project: Advanced Field Investigations||NEEP||June 19-21, Fort Monmouth, NJ||609 896-8835|
|A&WMA 94th Annual Conf. & Exhibition: 2001: An Environmental Odyssey||A&WMA||June 24-28, Orlando, FL||412 232-3444|
|GLRPPR Summer 2001 Conference||GLRPPR||July 11-13, Madison, WI||630 472-5019|
|Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project: Prosecutor's Training Course||NEEP||July 18-19, Albany, NY||609 896-8835|
|5th Annual SWANA Planning & Management Symposium||SWANA||July 19-20, Salt Lake City, UT||240 494-2235|
|Summer Study on Increasing Productivity Through Energy Efficiency||ACEEE||July 24-27, Tarrytown, NY||302 292-3966|
|Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project: Joint Negotiations Skill Training||NEEP||August 22-23, Richmond, VA||609 896-8835|
|16th Annual Hazardous Waste Conference on Household & Small-Business Waste||NAHMMA||September 4-8, Portland, OR||206 263-3053|
|National Pollution Prevention Week||NPPR||September 17-23||www.p2.org|
|P2 Open House - NYS DEC Office||NYS DEC||September 2001, Albany, NY||518 485-5857|
|11th Southern States Annual Environmental Conference & Exhibition||MISSTAP||September 24-27, Biloxi, MS||662 325-8067|
|NPPR Fall Conference||NPPR||November 2001||www.p2.org|
|Beneficial Use of Recycled Materials in Transportation Applications||Recycled Materials Resource Center||November 13-15, Washington, DC||603 862-4704|
|Special Waste Conference: A Conf. on the Management of Special Wastes||SWANA||December 5-7, Orlando, FL||240 494-2235|
*See www.newmoa.org for more calendar listings.
NEWMOA’S RECENT EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
CNEW!! Pollution Prevention in Machining and Metal Fabrication, A Guide for Technical Assistance Providers, 2001, $30 ($15 for nonprofit & government agencies)
CNEW!! Mercury: A Federal Facility Assessment, 2001, $5 (2.50 for nonprofit & government agencies).
CPreventing Pollution, An Environmental Resource for Lithographic Printers, 2000, a limited supply of free copies.
CRCRA Compliance for Metal Finishers, Video Tape, 2000, a limited supply of free copies.
CPressure Sensitive Tapes & Labels: The Clean, Air Act Amendments of 1990 & Pollution Prevention Opportunities, 1999, $10.
CNortheast States P2 Roundtable: A Directory of Participating Programs, 2000, $10 ($5 for nonprofit & government agencies).
CThe Finishing Line, Q & A, Low Compliant Coatings for Auto Body Shops, 1999 (free).
CTechnical Assistance Provider Assessment of Three OECA Compliance Assistance Centers, 1999, $10.
CA First Place Finish: An Environmental Guide for New Hampshire Wood Finishers, 1998, $15 (free to New Hampshire businesses).
CPollution Prevention Progress in the Northeast States, 1998, $20.
CImproving Your Competitive Position: Strategic and Financial Assessment of Pollution Prevention Investments, Training Manual, 3rd Edition, 1999, $15 ($7.50 for nonprofit & government agencies).
CWaste Oil Regulations: A Quick Guide for Auto Repair Shops, 1998 (free).
CA Checklist for Auto Repair Shops (A self-audit tool for regulatory compliance), 1998 (free ).
CNortheast States & Eastern Canadian Provinces Mercury Study, A Framework for Action, 1998, $50.
CPollution Prevention in Metal Painting & Coating Operations, A Manual for Technical Assistance Providers, 1998, $30 ($15 for non-profit & government agencies).
CPollution Prevention in the Primary Metals Industry: A Manual for Technical Assistance Providers, 1998, $10 ($5 for non-profit & government agencies).
CRecommendations for a National P2 Information Network, 1998, $15 ($7.50 for non-profit & government agencies)
CWood Furniture: The Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990 & Pollution Prevention Opportunities, 1997, $40 ($20 for non-profits & government agencies).
CPollution Prevention for the Metal Finishing Industry: A Guide for Technical Assistance Programs, 1997, $30.
CPollution Prevention for the Printing Industry: A Guide for Technical Assistance Programs, 1997, $30.
CHigh-Solid Topcoats and HVLP Spray Guns: Ethan Allen Case Study, 1997, $2.00.
CUltraviolet Radiation Cured Coatings & Aqueous-Based Coatings, 1997, $2.00.
CA P2 & Lending Case: National Chromium Company, Renewed Profitability Through Pollution Prevention, 1996, $2.00.
CA P2 & Lending Case: Hubbardton Forge, Immediate Environmental & Efficiency Returns, 1996, $2.00.
CP2 & Lending Report, 1996, $2.50.
CPollution Prevention and Profitability, A Primer for Lenders, 1996, Free.
For more information on ordering NEWMOA resources, call Lois Makina, (617) 367-8558 X300. All NEWMOA documents are free to NEWMOA members states & EPA. Prepayment required. Add $2.00 for postage and handling to each order. For a list of NEWMOA publications available online, visit www.newmoa.org.
Northeast States Pollution Prevention News
____ I would like to receive the Northeast States P2 News via e-mail. I've included my e-mail address below.
____ Please add my name to the Northeast States Pollution Prevention News mailing list.
____ Please remove my name from the mailing list.
____ Please change my address (send us your old mailing label and list the new address below).
City ___________________________________ State __________________ ZIP_________________________
E-mail address (please print clearly) _____________________________________________________________
Please return this form to: NEWMOA, 129 Portland Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114; fax: (617) 367-0449; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeast States Pollution Prevention News
Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA)
129 Portland Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02114