Northeast States Pollution Prevention News, Summer 2001

 Contents

 FEATURE ARTICLE
 INNOVATIVE P2 TECHNOLOGIES
   -Connecticut
   -Massachusetts
   -Rhode Island
   -EPA Region I- New England
   -NEWMOA
 POLLUTION PREVENTION WEEK 2001
   -Connecticut
   -Maine
   -New Hampshire
   -New York
   -Rhode Island
   -NE P2 Roundtable
 PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP INSTITUTE

 PROGRAM UPDATES
 Connecticut
   -DEP: Mercury Collection Nears Goal
   -DEP: CT Green Buildings Council
 Maine
 Massachusetts
   -DEP: MA Surpasses Goal in Reducing Toxic Waste
   -DEP: Local Health Officials & TURA
   -DEP: TURA & PBTs
   -OTA: Pilot Assistance Program
   -TURI: Chemical Information Resource
 New Hampshire
   -DES: NH Hospital Project
   -DES: Dental Project
   -DES: Marina Project
   -DES: Clean P2
   -DES: Mercury Legislation
   -DES: 2001 Governor's Award
 New York
   -DEC: Metal Finishing Sector
   -DEC: Dairy Farm Mercury Manometer Project
   -DEC: TRI Reporting
   -DEC: Governor's Awards
   -DEC: P2 Conference
   -DEC: Outreach
   -DEC: Comparative Risk Project
   -DEP: Auto Body Shops
   -DEP: Energy Audits for Metal Finishers
   -DEP: Strategic Goals Program for Metal Finishers
   -DEP: Printers Workshops
 Rhode Island
 Vermont
   -DEC: Biosolids Toxics Use Reduction
   -DEC: Metal Fabrication Initiative
   -DEC: EMS Training for Businesses
   -DEC: Mercry-Related Activities
 EPA Region I-New England
   -Municipal DPW Garages
   -Storm Water Phase II
   -Colleges & Universities
   -K-12 & Vocational Schools
   -Metal Finishers
   -Marina Initiative
   -P2 Template
   -Sustainable Performance & Practices
 EPA Region II
   -Grants Program
   -Urban Heat Island Analysis
   -Promoting Safe Treatment for Lice & Scabies
   -NY/NJ Harbor Consortium
   -Health Care Initiative
   -United Nations Conference
   -Environmental Performance Track
   -Strategic Agriculture Initiative
   -Healthcare Facility Challenge
   -Environmental Management Systems
   -Presentations
   -Inspector Training
   -Environmentally Beneficial Landscaping
   -Website Development & Information Tools
   -Virtual Hospital Website
   -Puerto Rico/Virgin Island P1 & Compliance Conference
   -Greening the Government
   -The Natural Step
 NE P2 Roundtable
   -Environmental Accounting
   -Marina Workgroup
   -Mercury Policy Listserve
   -Solid Waste Action Plan
   -P2 & Assistance Programs Software
   -Schools Assistance
   -National Mercury Reduction Database

 P2 PUBLICATIONS

 CALENDAR

FEATURE ARTICLES

INNOVATIVE P2 TECHNOLOGIES

State efforts to promote innovative pollution prevention technologies have begun to expand and mature over the past few years. These types of programs focus on:

These strategies are described below for a few states in the Northeast that are encouraging adoption of innovative P2 technologies.

Connecticut

NICE3 (National Industrial Competitiveness through Energy, Environment, Economics) is a US Department of Energy (DOE) program that provides research development and demonstration grants for the first commercial demonstration of new technologies with significant savings in energy, pollution, and cost. The grants are typically awarded to state/industry partnerships. Since 1995 Connecticut DEP and Connecticut industries have been awarded $2 million for 5 NICE3 projects. This program has been of tremendous benefit to Connecticut industries and has resulted in impressive energy, cost, and pollution savings. These savings have then been passed on to industries throughout the US through successful commercialization of the technologies.

In general, the NICE3 program enables companies to commercialize new technologies that may not have otherwise made it to the marketplace. There are major benefits of DOE support through the NICE3 program:

The development of a fundable NICE3 project application involves enlisting active support for the technology from demonstration partners, technology end users, state and federal agencies, and technical assistance providers. This support network is crucial to the demonstration and successful commercialization of any technology. The NICE3 program is structured so that this support network must be incorporated into projects that are selected for funding.

More specifically, NICE3 funding for CT projects has resulted in the following quantifiable benefits to industrial competitiveness and energy and environmental improvements. In 1996 Whyco Technologies of Thomaston, CT was awarded a $390,400 DOE grant to demonstrate and commercialize a "Waste Minimizing Plating Barrel." The DOE funds were matched by over $690,000 from Whyco. After successful finalization of the commercial design of the barrel and demonstration at Whyco's metal plating facility as part of the NICE3 project, the company has manufactured and sold over 600 barrels to other electroplating companies. The result is an estimated 358 billion Btu/year in energy savings and over 22,800 tons/year reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Each new plating barrel yields energy savings of 50 percent over conventional plating barrels, up to 40 percent increase in productivity, and up to a 60 percent decrease in loss of plating solution due to "drag out." Assuming a 50 percent penetration of the 100,000 plating barrel market in the US, projected energy savings could be as much as 25.2 trillion Btu/year and 1.5 million tons of reduced carbon dioxide emissions. This is a clean manufacturing success story that may not have been possible without DOE funding and support.

A NICE3 project that is currently running in CT is "Energy Conserving Tools for Combustion Dependent Industries." The technology, developed by Advanced Fuel Research in East Hartford, CT, is a portable, low cost multi-gas analyzer that performs continuous emissions monitoring and improves the combustion efficiency of industrial boilers and advanced gas turbines. The project was awarded $279,867 from DOE and is matched by $304,867 from industry.

Demonstrations are currently underway at the Pratt & Whitney engine testing facility and other sites. The improvements in dependability and efficiency from the new analyzer can lower energy costs by 70 percent. The savings from the projected 275 units installed by the end of 2003, will be 4.8 million kW hours and $45 million dollars in capital and labor costs. The NICE3 project, which started in May 2000 and is still in progress, has already resulted in sales of two units, 11 potential sales (2 which are under serious consideration), and 7 new contracts brought in through the demonstration partners.

Another Connecticut NICE3 project involves a technology that regenerates hydrochloric acids from steel pickling. The projected benefits are: a 95 percent energy savings, a 52 percent cost savings, and a 91 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The demonstration partner, US Steel, has been pleased with the results to date. NICE3 funding for this project is $450,231, with an industry cost share that will far exceed that amount.

These are just some examples of the benefits and impact of the DOE's NICE3 program. In sum, the program brings energy efficient technologies to the marketplace, builds strong partnerships that support innovative efficient technologies, and facilitates the transfer of such technologies to other industrial sectors. The Connecticut DEP in conjunction with NICE3 is accomplishing the program objective of advancing US competitiveness through energy efficiency and clean manufacturing.

For more information contact: Lynn Stoddard, CT DEP (860) 424-3297, lynn.stoddard@po.state.ct.us.

 

Northeast States Pollution Prevention News

Northeast States Pollution Prevention News is published a few times per year by NEWMOAs 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, Diane Buxbaum, Julie Churchill, Janet Clark, Jen Drociak, Stephen George, Rich Girasole, Pat Gittes, Terri Goldberg, Gary Gulka, Dennis Lucia, Rose Marabetti, Taylor Pankonien, Marcia Seidner, Abby Swaine, Karen Thomas, 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: tgoldberg@newmoa.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.

 

Massachusetts

Established in 1994, the STrategic Envirotechnology Partnership (STEP) is a joint program between the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) and the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. STEP assists businesses with the development and promotion of innovative technology-based solutions to environmental problems in MA.

UMASS campuses and research centers and EOEA agencies are working together to address the environmental needs of Massachusetts' citizens through research, education, and public service. Through multiple technology, business, and policy centers, the STEP partners work together to advance promising technologies and ventures through the many different stages of development, from an innovative idea to commercial use. By reducing the risk and uncertainty associated with bringing environmental technologies to market, STEP's activities increase the amount of private investment in technologies that protect the environment, foster a business and regulatory climate in which innovative environmental technologies can thrive, and stimulate the use of specific technologies to improve environmental protection and resource conservation. The chart below describes the roles of various programs who work together to make STEP a success.

Role of Various MA Agencies in STEP

AgencyRole
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Ensures that STEP focuses on areas consistent with the state's environmental priorities
Department of Environmental Protection Evaluates and ensures fair and consistent regulatory treatment and permit reviews for new technologies
Office of Technical Assistance Assesses merits of promising technologies with emphasis on manufacturing
University of Massachusetts Over 150 students and faculty members participate in the STEP program each year
National Environmental Technology Institute Develops new technologies to reduce waste and promote P2 through partnerships with government and industry
Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Provides assistance on energy-related innovative technologies
Environmental Business and Technology Center Provides business development and capital-raising services to environmental and energy companies
Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center Provides research on new environmentally sound technologies
Center for Environmentally Appropriate Materials Emphasizes waste reduction efforts, recycling, biodegradation, materials reuse, product design and packaging selection
Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic Development Helps create an infrastructure for a sustainable materials economy in MA


In 2000 125 companies received some form of business, technical, or regulatory assistance from STEP. Case studies of STEP activities are presented in an Annual Report, available on the STEP website: http://stepsite.org. As a result of STEP's work, MA has emerged as a leader in the commercialization of environmental and renewable energy technologies.

Over the past 12 months, the MA Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) has significantly expanded the scope and range of its technology support services. Through a number of avenues, OTA is working to increase awareness and utilization of new P2 technologies.

As a STEP partner OTA reviews incoming research proposals and evaluates ongoing projects in coordination with each of the UMASS research facilities. Strategically positioned to help strengthen the relationship between academic research and the environmental needs of MA industry, OTA also submits new research topics to the STEP program based on prevalent environmental problems encountered in the field. OTA staff submitted 22 topics in the past year, four of which were selected for STEP support in Fiscal Year 2001:

In addition, UMASS researchers are developing pre-proposals for STEP funding based on several topics developed by OTA technical staff.

OTA is also producing technical profiles of emerging technologies, in order to help companies more easily evaluate their performance and relative appropriateness. The first such report is focused on the VRTX technology, a chemical-free method for removing scale deposits, algae, and slime from cooling tower water, which is produced by Stoneham-based A.W. Chesterton Company. It is near completion and will be published in the next few months.

OTA continues to serve as MA's designated administrator for the US DOE NICE3 grant program. In January, Bedford-based Brittany Dyeing and Printing Corporation received its second NICE3 award. Other MA companies OTA has helped successfully apply for NICE3 funding are Erving Paper and ThermoTrex Corporation. Grants to the three companies have totaled $1,700,000 since 1994.

OTA is working with UMASS-Boston Professor John Warner to increase awareness, understanding and support of "green chemistry" approaches, which seek to mimic the sustainable, low-toxic, self-assembling characteristics of natural processes. This partnership sponsored the Massachusetts Green Chemistry Symposium held on April 6 at UMASS-Boston. The event catalyzed development of a Green Chemistry Consortium to coordinate government, industry and academic work in the field. A follow-up event focused on more specific, technical issues is being considered for the fall.

Finally, OTA is working with EOEA and DEP officials to host events that draw attention to innovative and effective pollution prevention practices implemented at Massachusetts companies. This year OTA and DEP co-hosted an event at Wilmington-based BOC Edwards recognizing their comprehensive set of improvements, including installation of a water reuse and waste recovery system developed by CASTion of Ludlow, MA. Similar events are planned at other facilities around the state. The agencies hope that increased attention on proven success stories will encourage interest in these new technologies.

P2 technology promotion and diffusion has been a key component of the research, demonstration sites, and education & training programs of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMASS Lowell. In addition, TURI's Technology Transfer Center, which is used by researchers and others worldwide, houses New England's largest research library and clearinghouse for P2 information. The holdings of the TTC can be accessed either by visiting the recently expanded library at the UMASS Lowell campus, or by contacting the librarian at (978) 934-3390, Mary-Vidal@uml.edu.

For more information on STEP contact: Linda Benevides, MA STEP (617) 626-1197, linda.benevides@state.ma.us.

Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island (URI) recently produced one of two P2 technology templates through a grant from EPA Region 1-New England. The first template covers the use of membrane technology. The second will cover diffusion dialysis for acid recovery. Delivery of these reports is scheduled for the end of the summer.

For more information contact: Rich Girasole, RI DEM (401) 222-4700 x4414, rgirasol@dem.state.ri.us.

EPA Region I-New England

The Center for Environmental Industry and Technology (CEIT) is a program within the EPA-New England (NE) Office of Environmental Stewardship. The Center was established in 1995 to provide assistance to environmental technology developers in overcoming the challenges they face in bringing a product to market. EPA has long recognized the fact that technology innovation is indispensable to achieving national and international environmental goals. The mission of the Center is to provide access to resources, people, and programs for the environmental technology industry in New England, and to promote the acceptance of innovative environmental technologies in order to solve the most significant environmental problems facing the region. Non-point source pollution provides a good example of this problem-based focus. Over the past 4 years, CEIT has strategically provided 13 technology trade shows in areas where non-point source pollution is impairing water quality.

In the fall of 2000, CEIT launched a new program, called Technology Connection. Its objective is to connect innovative environmental technology developers to the environmental problems in New England. The goal is to improve environmental compliance and to encourage regulated entities to go beyond compliance through the use of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs). The mechanism for making the connection is EnvirotechNews, CEIT's monthly electronic newsletter for environmental technology developers. EnvirotechNews offers information in the following areas: Government Funding Opportunities, Technology Opportunities, Future Needs, Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Opportunities, and Upcoming Events.

CEIT, with the assistance of the Enforcement Office, summarizes current enforcement actions and releases them as announcements under "Technology Opportunities." The announcements focus on the nature of the violation for which technology is necessary and suggested areas for a SEP, but they provide no details on the identity of the regulated entity. EnvirotechNews has a mailing list of over 750 environmental technology innovators throughout the U.S., who are at the cutting edge of technology development. The environmental technology developers respond to CEIT within one week via email using a suggested format. CEIT then sends a letter with the appropriate disclaimer and the responses to the corporation or other entity. The decision to follow up on the responses is then up to the potential user; CEIT merely facilitates the technology connection. As an example, EnvirotechNews recently announced a state's interest in seeking technologies for improving operation and maintenance of silver recovery units for photo- processors. As a result of that announcement, a Fortune 500 company is now working with two partners on an equipment/software package that shows high potential as a cost effective solution for photo-processors nationwide.

The connection to environmental technology developers is not limited to entities under enforcement actions. EPA-New England employees also have the opportunity to communicate their technology needs through announcements in the "Future Needs" section. The monthly issue of EnvirotechNews highlights problems for which EPA would like to find a solution. CEIT welcomes submissions for the "Future Needs" section.

For more information contact: Maggie Theroux, EPA-NE (617) 918-1613, theroux.maggie@epa.gov.

NEWMOA

EPA Region I-New England established a workgroup of state and federal environmental agency staff to focus on diffusion of innovative P2 technology several years ago. Last year, NEWMOA Innovative P2 Technology Workgroup. The first technology area that the Workgroup chose to focus on was closed-loop vapor degreasers, such as airless vacuum vapor degreasers. NEWMOA has developed a draft Pollution Prevention Technology Profile for closed-loop vapor degreasers that is currently undergoing Workgroup review. The Workgroup will hold a conference call to choose a second innovative P2 technology focus in the next few months.

The Innovative P2 Technology Workgroup will continue to hold at least one meeting a year to discuss the Pollution Prevention Technology Application Analysis Template (P2 Template) and Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) efforts, and share information on innovative P2 technologies of interest to the states.

For more information contact: Jennifer Griffith, NEWMOA (617) 367-8558, x 303, jgriffith@newmoa.org.



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 Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

NEWMOAs 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:

C facilitate 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 U.S. EPA Region 1-New England.

For more information visit www.newmoa.org.





POLLUTION PREVENTION WEEK 2001

Pollution Prevention Week 2001 is scheduled to take place September 17-23. The state environmental agencies in the Northeast are planning a number of activities for that week and are coordinating some of their efforts through NEWMOA. The descriptions below provide a summary of the some of the planned activities in the region. The National P2 Roundtable is tracking P2 Week activities around the country. For more information on P2 Week activities nationally, visit www.P2.org.

Connecticut

To celebrate the successful completion of Commissioner Rocque's mercury collection campaign, a press event has been scheduled for September 21st. CT DEP expects to exceed the goal of 2001 pounds of mercury collected during 2001. The CT Department of Health will also participate.

On Tuesday, September 18th a tour of a house that uses geothermal energy is being scheduled. A number of these projects are underway in the Hartford area.

Wednesday, September 19th will bring a mini-fair to Bushnell Park featuring displays on environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) and P2 topics along with local entertainment. The park is a popular lunchtime area for persons working in downtown Hartford and brings a number of participants without a lot of event promotion.



A P2 Lecture is being scheduled with the University of Connecticut's Environmental Research Institute to present their findings from both air and water monitoring studies with regard to mercury. A date has not yet been set.

The DEP Green Circle award ceremony for pollution prevention winners is also being scheduled during or near P2 Week.

For more information contact: Kim Trella, CT DEP (860) 424-3234, Kim.Trella@po.state.ct.us.

Maine

To celebrate Pollution Prevention Week, Maine will host the Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence. The Office of Innovation and Assistance rewards facilities who have challenged themselves and shown technical innovation in regards to pollution prevention. This year they have added a new award category: "Smart Production."

For more information contact: Chris Rushton, ME DEP, (207) 287-7100, chris.rushton@state.me.us.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program (NHPPP) has done several things thus far for Pollution Prevention Week. Staff have created daily P2 tips on the "Environmentally Preferable Purchasing" to be distributed to DES employees via e-mail each day during P2 Week. In addition, a "check message" has been created to be printed on that week's State of New Hampshire employees paycheck. Staff have also created a web page, (linking to NEWMOA and past and present joint resolutions), written an article for the NHPPP newsletter "Wastelines," and have created a booth display for the DES lobby during P2 Week. NHPPP has also created outreach/education materials on EPP in the areas of household purchases, office purchases, clothing purchases, and food purchases.

For more information contact: Jen Drociak, NH DES (603) 271-0878, jdrociak@des.state.nh.us.

New York

New York State is planning to celebrate National P2 Week at their new DEC Headquarters located at 625 Broadway in Albany. During the week the lobby will have several exhibits by their P2 partners. A P2 Tip Board will be set up for employees to write up and post their best P2 tips. At the end of the week these will be consolidated and e-mailed to all employees. The Agency will also display the Governor's Proclamation along with the Northeast State Joint Resolution.

A program will be held in the Public Assembly Room on the 19th with welcoming remarks by the new DEC Commissioner, Erin M. Crotty, and other executive staff; presentations will be given by last year's Governor's Awards winners; and a ceremony of this year's winners of the Governor's Awards for P2. The winners are invited to a luncheon on their behalf after the ceremony. On the 20th DEC will have a cake and the awards ceremony for the children's poster contest on the theme of "Be Green". The children will be invited to a one hour Hudson River cruise on the vessel called the Dutch Apple.

For more information contact: Dottie O'Hare, NYS DEC (518) 457-2553, dxohare@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Rhode Island

Preparations for the Rhode Island 2001 Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention are currently underway. Applications will be accepted through August 30, 2001. The award will be given at a ceremony held during P2 Week 2001.

For more information contact: Joe Antonio, RI DEM (401) 222-4700 x4410, Jantonio@dem.state.ri.us.

NE P2 Roundtable

The NE P2 Roundtable is coordinating Regional P2 2001Week activities through its P2 Week Workgroup. The Workgroup selected "Shop for a Better Environment" as a theme for this year's activities in the region. This theme was chosen to capture the interest in the region in promoting environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) as a critical P2 activity. The Workgroup is undertaking several projects including:

For more information contact: Terri Goldberg, NEWMOA (617) 367-8558 x302, tgoldberg@newmoa.org.



PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP INSTITUTE

State environmental officials around the country are taking a new approach to managing wastes that calls on product manufacturers to work with government officials and other stakeholders to take joint responsibility for reducing the health and environmental impacts from consumer products. "Product Stewardship," as it is called, extends over a product's life cycle, and strives to reduce impacts on air, water, energy, waste, and worker safety. One of the main principles of product stewardship is that government policies should provide incentives to manufacturers to design their products to be reusable, recyclable, made from recycled materials, and include fewer toxic and other materials.

In December 2000, at the invitation of Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs Bob Durand, over 100 government officials from over 19 state environmental agencies, 7 EPA regions, and over half a dozen local governments came to Boston to discuss the need to take a product stewardship approach to waste management issues.

The two-day forum was coordinated by the newly created Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), a national organization formed as a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and the University of Massachusetts. The primary mission of the Institute is to assist state and local government agencies in establishing cooperative agreements with industry and work to reduce the health and environmental impacts from consumer products.

The forum highlighted the top five products of concern to waste management officials - electronics, mercury-containing products, pesticides, paint, and carpet. Since that time, PSI has coordinated over 20 state environmental agencies that are now participating in a dialogue with the electronics industry that aims to produce a voluntary negotiated agreement in lieu of regulatory and statutory action. A separate dialogue with carpet manufacturers spearheaded by the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance has also been underway since the spring of 2000.

For more information contact: Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute (978) 934-4855, scott_cassel@uml.edu.



PROGRAM UPDATES

CONNECTICUT

CONNECTICUT DEP

Mercury Collection Nears Goal

The goal set by Commissioner Arthur J. Rocque, Jr., of the CT DEP to collect 2001 pounds of mercury in 2001 has nearly been reached. A collection of dental mercury held in partnership with the CT State Dental Association in June has brought in an additional 412 pounds of mercury. Dentists brought their unused bulk mercury to collection sites in seven cities around the state. When combined with household hazardous waste collections and mercury thermometer exchange events - the total amount of mercury collected to date is 1,837 pounds. Over 50,000 digital thermometers have been distributed and the exchanges will continue through the fall. A press event will be held during Pollution Prevention Week on the status of the 2001 goal.

CT Green Buildings Council

An organizing committee is working to create the CT Green Buildings Council. The committee includes architects, engineers, a fuel cell manufacturer, a state university and four state agencies among others. The mission and goals are under discussion. A kick-off event for October is being considered.

For more information contact: Kim Trella, CT DEP, (860) 424-3234, kim.trella@po.state.ct.us.



MAINE

MAINE DEP

Maine DEP has analyzed the results from the data the Agency collects for Toxics Use Reduction Reporting and other activities. The following data presents the overall achievements of the programs in Maine's Office of Innovation and Assistance.

Toxics and Hazardous Waste Reduction Program (THWRP):

Statewide reductions achieved, as of July 2000, are as follows:

Toxic Use Reduction: 37 percent

Toxic Release Reduction: 57 percent

Hazardous Waste Reduction: 41 percent

Total amount reduced: 123,309,484 pounds

Total reporters: 450 facilities

Small Business Assistance Program:

Total businesses assisted: 525 facilities

VOCs reduced through intensive autobody assistance: Over 2,000 pounds

Pollution Prevention (P2) Program:

Major sectors with new P2 agreements:

Hospital MOU

Universities and colleges

Total contact assistance: 261

For more information contact: Julie Churchill, ME DEP (207) 287-2881, julie.m.churchill@state.me.us.



MASSACHUSETTS

MASSACHUSETTS DEP

MA Surpasses Goal in Reducing Toxic Waste

The Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program is proud to announce that it has fulfilled its original goal of reducing the generation of waste by 50 percent. The annual TURA Information Release, which tracks data on the state's largest toxics users, shows that between 1990 and 1999, they decreased their toxic chemical waste generation by 60 million pounds or 57 percent; decreased their total toxic chemical use by 317 million pounds or 41 percent; and reduced their toxic releases to the environment by 18 million pounds or 87 percent. The report reflects data that has been normalized to account for a 52 percent increase in production since 1990 as well as impacts from plant closings and openings.

The "TUR Information Release" summarizes information from about 500 Large Quantity Toxics Users that report to the Toxics Use Reduction Program each year. In addition to the above information regarding reduction in chemical use and byproduct, the report also revealed the following information that has not been normalized to account for increases in production.

The Core Group filers (those who have filed TURA reports consistently since 1990) reduced their TRI transfers off-site (byproducts that are transferred off-site for energy recovery, recycling, treatment and disposal) by 5 percent, from 21.7 million pounds in 1991 to 20.5 million pounds in 1999.

In 1999, 188 chemicals were reported out of 1,420 TURA-listed chemicals. Of the 188, 20 chemicals accounted for 79 percent of the total use reported statewide and the top 20 chemicals generated as byproduct in 1999 accounted for 74 percent of the total byproduct generated statewide.

Styrene monomer (a building block for various plastics) was the most reported chemical in 1999, accounting for 36 percent of the total use reported.

The report contains charts and illustrations that demonstrate trends (over ten years) showing the reduction of chemical use, byproduct and releases. There are lists of the top twenty chemicals used and the top twenty chemicals that generate byproducts. The report lists the top five facilities with the largest reductions in byproduct generation and the top twenty facilities with the largest quantity of total use and byproduct generation.

TURA recently achieved national recognition for its success. The "Innovations in American Government" award program, sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government and the Ford Foundation, selected the TURA program as one of the 10 most innovative government programs in the country in 2000. To obtain a copy of the 1999 TURA Information Release, visit the TURA web site at www.state.ma.us/dep/bwp/dhm/tura/ or contact Paul Walsh, MA DEP (617) 556-1011, paul.h.walsh@state.ma.us.

Local Health Officials & TURA

On Tuesday, June 5th, 120 persons attended a conference in Marlboro, MA entitled "Reducing Toxics, Improving Public Health: Tools and Resources for the Local Public Health Community." This conference was the first in what is hoped to be a series of events and activities to bridge the information and assistance gap between state environmental agencies and local health officials.

The MA Toxics Use Reduction Program, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Health Officers Association, organized the conference. Opening speakers included Secretary Bob Durand, Undersecretary Gina McCarthy, and Commissioner of Public Health, Howard Koh. Conference breakout sessions focused on: Improving Indoor Air Quality, Health Effects of Toxics on Adults and Children, Chemical Management in Public Facilities, Reducing Pesticides in Communities, and Toxics in Small Business and Industry.

TURA & PBTs

On October 29, 1999, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to Know Act (EPRCA) which lowers the Toxics Release Inventory reporting thresholds for Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic chemicals (PBTs), and adds certain other PBT chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). TURA automatically adopts these lower reporting thresholds. The first TURA reports for PBTs at the lower thresholds were due July 1, 2001 (DEP is allowing a 90-day extension.)

DEP estimates that up to 100 facilities may enter the TURA universe as a result of the new lower thresholds, and that up to 200 existing facilities may begin reporting PBT chemicals. EPA and DEP believe that the primary activity that will trigger reporting of PBT chemicals at the lower thresholds is combustion (e.g., combustion of fuel oils 2,4,6; combustion of solid waste, cremation of remains), and the use of raw materials that contain listed chemicals as contaminants (e.g., use of sulfuric acid containing mercury). The PBTs most likely to be triggered by these activities include polycyclic aromatic compounds (threshold of 100 pounds), mercury and mercury compounds (threshold of 10 pounds), and dioxin and dioxin-like compounds (threshold of 0.1 grams).

DEP recognizes that the PBT reporting requirements under TURA are new and that the EPA guidance documents may not address all the questions a facility may have for TURA reporting. Therefore, DEP has allowed a 90-day extension beyond the July 1, 2001 deadline for filing Form Ss for PBT chemicals and non-PBT chemicals that are "tripped" into the 10,000-pound threshold due to reporting a PBT.

This summer, DEP will be working with TUR planners and partner agencies to revise the TUR Plan Update Guidance to reflect the lower PBT thresholds. The TUR planning cycle begins on January 1, 2002 with plan updates, summaries, and certifications due on July 1, 2002. This will be the first TUR planning to involve the lower thresholds required by the PBT changes.

Additional information on PBT reporting is available at www.epa.gov/tri or by calling (800) 424-9346. Additional information on the MA TURA is available at www.state.ma.us/dep/bwp/dhm/tura/.

For more information, contact: Paul Walsh, MA DEP (617) 556-1011, paul.h.walsh@state.ma.us.

MASSACHUSETTS OTA

Pilot Assistance Program

On June 6, MA EOEA and DEP officials introduced a new pilot program, entitled "Right From the Start," at a breakfast event at DEP's Central Regional Office (CERO). The program centralizes access to a host of assistance services for companies applying for environmental permits through CERO. Joining Secretary Bob Durand and Commissioner Lauren Liss were DEP Central Regional Director Bob Golledge and Assistant Secretary Gina McCarthy.

The event highlighted joint efforts by government, industry and academia to facilitate progress beyond compliance and toward sustainability and "environmental stewardship." The emphasis on partnership was received positively by industry attendees, several of whom approached OTA and EOEA staff to discuss opportunities for working together to overcome hurdles concerning financial and regulatory support for new technologies and comprehensive water conservation and protection issues.

The "Right From the Start" pilot program introduced at CERO offers environmental officials an opportunity to engage companies in P2 and resource conservation while projects are still in the planning stages, thereby saving businesses time and resources and helping them reduce regulatory burdens and maximize environmental gains. It also represents an effort on the part of EOEA and DEP to augment the permit process with assistance and support services that may help improve environmental performance, efficiency and production.

For more information, contact: Stephen George, MA OTA (617) 626-1094, stephen.george@state.ma.us .

MASSACHUSETTS TURI

Chemical Information Resource

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute's (TURI) Technology Transfer Center (TTC) serves as a valuable resource for P2 information, with a collection of over 10,000 publications, including books and databases available at few other libraries. One such publication is the "Chemical Economics Handbook," published by SRI consulting of California. This 38-volume resource offers the work of over 100 industry researchers covering hundreds of chemicals and polymers and several thousand products. Use of the handbook is limited to students, including TUR planners and those enrolled in Institute programs and classes. The CEH offers information on production including a description of synthesis, characteristics and consumption, imports and exports, demand projections, manufacturing processes, derivatives, and a structure of the industry, including a complete producers list - with quantifiable production capabilities.

For more information contact: Mary Vidal, TURI (978) 934-3390, Mary_Vidal@uml.edu.



NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW HAMPSHIRE DES

NH Hospital Project

NHPPP has been tracking the progress of hospitals that participated in 1999 NHPPP/New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) mercury reduction survey and contacting those hospitals that did not. NHPPP and NHHA created a new, short e-mail survey consisting of approximately five standard questions and five specific questions, and will be creating a web page summarizing new results and comparing them to the 1999 survey results. For more information contact: Sara Johnson, NH DES (603) 271-6460, sjohnson@des.state.nh.us, visit www.des.state.nh.us/nhppp/healthcare.htm.

Dental Project

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has formed a working partnership with the New Hampshire Dental Society (NHDS) and the NH Small Business Development Center (NHSBDC). The partnership will promote the proper management and recycling of mercury-containing wastes and x-ray wastes in dental offices (including compliance with environmental laws and regulations) and encourage the use of non-mercury amalgams.

The partnership has developed and conducted a survey to evaluate the level of awareness and degree of mercury amalgam use, recycling, and disposal among NH dentists. The survey data has been complied and analyzed to determine the best method of outreach for the partnership to use. For more information contact: Sara Johnson, NH DES (603) 271-6460, sjohnson@des.state.nh.us.

Marina Project

NHPPP has begun revising DES's 1995 manual Best Management Practices for New Hampshire Marinas: Guidelines for Environmentally Proactive Marinas, and will be distributing the updated document to New Hampshire marinas via onsite visits and mailings. NHPPP and Watershed Management Bureau have visited three marinas during the summer 2001 season. These visits have included a review of each marina's current practices and pollution prevention opportunities. In addition, DES will be working closely with the New Hampshire Marine Trade Association (NHMTA), which will allow DES to provide appropriate outreach/education on the New Hampshire Marinas Project and the revised BMP manual. The revised manual will be available in late fall 2001 or early 2002. For more information contact: Jen Drociak, NH DES (603) 271-0878, jdrociak@des.state.nh.us, or visit www.des.state.nh.us/nhppp/marinas.htm.

Clean P2

NH DES and EPA-New England initiated Clean-P2 to improve environmental performance and compliance through non-regulatory technical assistance programs for metal finishers, wood coaters, printers, and chemical manufacturers. Companies that participate in the program will be asked to implement a P2 project(s) that brings the facility into and "beyond compliance." Follow-up assessment will be conducted after six months and then again one year after the original assessment. The follow-up assessment will review P2 project(s) implementation and measurement of "success." For more information contact: Sara Johnson, NH DES (603) 271-6460, sjohnson@des.state.nh.us.

Mercury Legislation

Three bills were 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. All three bills were retained in committee, which means that they will be held over the summer, worked on and prepared for introduction in the next legislative session.

P2 staff have been busy conducting outreach to manufacturers and users of mercury-added products regarding last year's legislation, which prohibits the sale of mercury thermometers; bans mercury use in schools; requires manufacturers to report on mercury-added products that they produce, and restricts the use of elemental mercury.

The P2 Program, in cooperation with Wheelabrator Corporation, sponsored a one-day thermometer exchange for DES and Health and Human Services employees housed in the office building in Concord. The exchange was a success - the Agency collected 115 fever thermometers, 3 outdoor weather thermometers and 2 mercury switches. Wheelabrator provided digital thermometers for the swap.

P2 staff have been working with the Thermostat Recycling Corporation to develop a mercury-added thermostat take-back program in New Hampshire.

The P2 in Healthcare workgroup (established under the NH Mercury Task Force and led by the P2 Program Manager) has been busy identifying ways to go beyond acute care hospitals and encourage mercury use reduction by other types of healthcare providers.

2001 Governor's Award

Three NH businesses won the 2001 Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention. Loctite Corporation of Seabrook (formally Dexter Polymer Systems), manufactures adhesives and mold release compounds. Millipore Corporation of Jaffrey, manufactures high-technology membrane filters used in such industries as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microelectronics, and general research. Pitco Frialator of Bow manufactures commercial frying and cooking equipment.

In addition, Boyce Highlands, a manufacturer of wood products in Concord, and Moore North America, a printer in Manchester, both won Honorable Mentions.

For more information, contact: Stephanie D'Agostino, NH DES (603)271-6398, sdagostino@des.nh.us.



NEW YORK

NEW YORK STATE DEC

Metal Finishing Sector

Staff continues to actively participate in the SGP program. An application for participating metal finishers to request placement on the performance ladder has been finalized. To date two companies have requested placement. The Technical Review Board (TRB) is reviewing their request and have asked each applicant to submit additional supporting information. Four workshops were held in March 2001 to provide compliance and pollution prevention assistance. The benefits of developing and implementing an EMS were also presented.

Dairy Farm Mercury Manometer Project

Staff in cooperation with the NYS Department of Ag & Markets has been surveying farms in order to identify the use of Hg manometers. The survey which originally used certified milk inspectors to survey the farms is now being completed by a direct mailing. Approximately 5600 farms were sent surveys directly, and to date DEC has received approximately 1600 responses. The project will also include evaluating replacement alternatives and the costs of each alternative.

TRI Reporting

The 1999 New York State's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report was finalized. This year DEC downloaded EPA's compiled data to prepare the report. The report shows that toxic releases into the environment dropped from 74.61 million pounds in 1998 to 71.81 million pounds in 1999 with manufacturing industries continuing to show a general decline in releases since 1988.

Governor's Awards

The New York State Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention applications for 2001 are currently being reviewed. 15 applications have been distributed to the technical review team. 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 programs and achieve results. The awards will be presented during P2 Week in September 2001.

P2 Conference

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.

Outreach

Metal Finishing - The Pollution Prevention Unit continued its outreach program for the Metal Finishing Industry during March. 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 available from the Unit and are also available online at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu.

Marinas - Pollution Prevention staff are currently developing an outreach program for the marina industry. Staff conducted site visits of representative marinas statewide to obtain information to be utilized in the Marina Self-Assessment, Pollution Prevention and Environmental Compliance manual they are in the process of developing. A marina video featuring pollution prevention measures used at NYS marinas is currently being filmed. Workshops will be held in Fall 2001.

State Agency Workshops - P2 staff held four 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.

Pulp and Paper Industry - The Pollution Prevention Unit is starting to develop an outreach program for the pulp and paper industry.

Comparative Risk Project

The Comparative Risk Project identifies environmental stressors that pose the highest risks to the citizens and environment of NYS. Phase 1 of this project has been completed and the Final Report written. The report summarizes the results of the risk characterization reports by the three work groups that have made up Phase 1. Phase 2 of the project has been initiated. The Phase 2 Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group is developing a pollution prevention strategy for the environmental stressors identified by Phase 1 of the project. 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, djlucia@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

NEW YORK CITY DEP

Auto Body Shops

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) Bureau of Environmental Compliance Environmental Economic Development Assistance Unit (EEDAU) and Right to Know (RtK) Unit of the Division of Emergency Response and Technical Assessment conducted four outreach meetings on NYC's Community Right-to-Know Law for the auto body industry. A kick-off meeting was held in January 2001 and was sponsored by the Auto Body Craftman's Guild, a major trade association representing NYC's auto body shops. Other meetings were held in February in various parts of the New York City area. Attendance at the meetings was excellent, surpassing the expectations of the sponsors. Presentations at the meetings focused on how shops can comply with the Right to Know law.

Energy Audits for Metal Finishers

EEDAU is working with the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to target free energy conservation services and programs to metal finishers in the City. EDC and NYSERDA have energy audit and assistance programs that help companies increase productivity, conserve energy and reduce energy costs. Metal finishers are large consumers of energy and are interested in using the state's auditing services.

Strategic Goals Program for Metal Finishers

EEDAU and the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment (BWT) sponsored workshops for New York City metal finishers on "Free and Low Cost Energy and Pollution Prevention Equipment Programs" in April and May. The workshops were targeted toward voluntary participants in the "National Metal Finishing Strategic Goals Program" (SGP), an effort that rewards metal finishers that improve their environmental performance. Representatives of EDC and NYSERDA made presentations on their energy conservation program resources, along with NYS DEC representatives and others on environmental programs in the state.

Printers Workshops

NYC DEP and the Association of Graphic Communications (AGC) and the national screen and flexography printing associations held a series of successful workshops for the industry in June. The sessions included presentations on the latest printing technology, the environment, and opportunities for doing business with the City of New York. There was a strong turn out at the workshops with lots of opportunities for exchanging information and interaction.

For more information contact: Rose Marabetti, NYC DEP (718) 595-4541, rosem@nysnet.net.



RHODE ISLAND

RHODE ISLAND DEM

The RI DEM Office of Technical and Customer Assistance (OTCA) has recently focused its efforts on publishing much of its content on DEM's Web site. Visit www.state.ri.us/dem for more information.

OTCA's autobody certification program, modeled after Massachusetts's successful Environmental Results Project, is scheduled to be rolled out in 2002.

For more information contact: Rich Girasole, RI DEM (401) 222-4700 x4414, rgirasol@dem.state.ri.us.



VERMONT

VERMONT DEC

Biosolds Toxics Use Reduction

Vermont DEC is continuing its pilot biosolids toxics use reduction project with the municipalities of Brattleboro and Winooski. Both communities have now developed project work plans that include efforts to provide outreach and technical assistance in the communities. Brattleboro is currently working with a professional videographer to develop an educational video on water sources, water pollution, and wastewater treatment in the town. The City of Winooski is developing indicators of community health as a part of their efforts. Both communities are committed to becoming environmental leaders in the management of their own municipal operations. The Environmental Assistance Division has provided on-site compliance reviews and P2 opportunity assessments of municipal facilities and operations in both communities and also hopes to work with the business community. Public outreach will be a major component of both projects. Each community is developing a biosolids monitoring protocol as a means to monitor progress in toxics reduction.

Metal Fabrication Initiative

Vermont DEC has mailed its metal fabrication compliance guide to over one hundred metal fabricators. A letter accompanying the guide informed these businesses that the sector would be targeted for hazardous waste inspections after April 1, 2002 and informed them of the availability of on-site technical assistance and workshops prior to this date. The Environmental Assistance and Waste Management Divisions are jointly working on this effort.

EMS Training for Businesses

Using National Environmental Performance Track funding, DEC has initiated an EMS design and implementation training program for six
Vermont manufacturers. The first of six half-day training sessions has been held. A training consultant has been hired to provide training and on-site consultation as the participating companies develop their EMS. Workshops will be completed in November and participants are expected to have completed their EMS design by June 2002.

Mercury-Related Activities

Surveys of both dentists and hospitals related to mercury use and reduction have been completed and compiled. This information will be used to develop outreach and assistance efforts in the coming year. Hospital surveys indicated a need for assistance in establishing an inventory of mercury-containing devices and in identifying mercury-free alternatives.

Vermont DEC will be developing regulatory procedures for dental offices covering mercury handling in the coming year.

Following on the successes of the mercury fever thermometer pledge program with Vermont pharmacies, in which nearly every pharmacy pledged to discontinue the sale of mercury fever thermometers, a similar pledge program with Vermont grocers has been started. To date, over 130 grocers have pledged to discontinue the sale of mercury fever thermometers out of about 1100 grocers in the state.

Vermont's Advisory Committee on Mercury Pollution (ACMP) continues to meet regularly and has established a work plan for the coming year, including activities related to outreach to sensitive populations, updating in-state mercury emissions inventories, reviewing the status of environmental monitoring data related to mercury, review of dental use of mercury and handling practices, and the status of manufacturer take-back and other collection programs for discarded mercury-added products. Information on the ACMP, including meeting minutes is available at www.mercvt.org

For more information contact: Gary Gulka, VT DEC (802) 241-3626, garyg@dec.state.vt.us.



EPA REGION 1-NEW ENGLAND

Municipal DPW Garages

EPA-NE has developed a self-audit and outreach initiative for DPWs in response to a request for enforcement amnesty/leniency. This program was featured at recent meetings in CT and NH. EPA-NE has also developed a new DPW compliance/P2 checklist (modeled on NEWMOA's for vehicle repair facilities) and posted it and other materials on an EPA-NE website for municipalities.

For more information contact: Chris Jendras, EPA-NE (617) 918-1845, jendras.chris@epa.gov.

Abby Swaine and Jack Healey, MA DEP, and county highway associations, held municipal highway compliance workshops in Holyoke and Lenox on April 4 & 6. The workshops were well attended and featured some lively discussion.

For more information contact: Jack Healey, EPA-NE (617) 918-1844, healey.jack@epa.gov.

Storm Water Phase II

On July 31, construction veteran and storm water protection champion Jack Deering will give a seminar at EPA-NE on how regulators, towns, developers and construction companies should work together to protect storm water before, during, and after construction projects.

For more information contact: Abby Swaine, EPA-NE (617) 918-1841, swaine.abby@epa.gov.

Colleges & Universities

With permission from OMB, EPA-NE conducted a telephone survey of colleges/universities who have attended one or more of EPA-NE events, to assess customer satisfaction and behavior change. EPA-NE reached 48 colleges and universities (100 percent participation) and most expressed positive comments on EPA's initiative. There is a request for more workshops tailored to smaller colleges and universities, related to specific departments (e.g., arts departments and business schools).

On March 29, Peggy Bagnoli participated in the National Wildlife Federation's Stakeholder Meeting to discuss barriers and opportunities for continued progress in elevating environmental sustainability as a central higher education concern. The meeting involved roundtable discussions among a variety of participants (i.e., college and university faculty, administration, students, EHS staff, NGOs, regulators and trade organizations).

On April 5-6, Peggy Bagnoli presented and provided a booth at the 21st Century Campus Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine. Over 200 students, faculty, facility operations, administration and EHS personnel from Maine colleges and universities attended. The conference highlighted energy efficiency and greening the campus efforts.

On May 16, EPA-NE staff met with Tufts University to discuss next steps in the Energy/BMP initiative for colleges and universities. Tufts will provide a contact list so the Agency will be able to send a general message out to colleges and universities to determine if institutions are focusing on energy and climate change or intend to in the future, and their need for assistance.

On May 17, Peggy Bagnoli presented at the Best Management Practices in Environmental Management event at Yale University. There were over 90 participants from Regions 1, 2,and 6 at this EPA co-sponsored event. Presentations focused on chemical inventories, how information technology can ease compliance requirements, and greening the campus efforts.

EPA-NE is working with TetraTech to develop an EMS guide for colleges and universities. July 15 is the target date to have the document ready for input from the colleges and universities community.

EPA-NE is also developing an effort to get more colleges and universities to take advantage of EPA's Self-Audit Policy.

For more information contact: Peggy Bagnoli, EPA-NE (617) 918-1828, bagnoli.peggy@epa.gov.

K-12 & Vocational Schools

The Regional Toxics-Free Schools Team held a successful conference in Warwick, RI on May 15th. This was a joint effort by US EPA, RI State Fire Marshall's Office, RI Department of Education, RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Department of Health, and RI Department of Labor and Training. A total of 77 people attended the workshop, including science teachers, school superintendents, and fire department representatives.

The Team also participated in the 3rd multi-agency meeting/conference call to address EHS in schools in Maine on May 16th. ME DEP, ME DOA, ME DOL, ME DOL, ME Lung Association, and ME School Management Association participated in this meeting.

EPA is working with contractor ERG to compile all available EPA-funded environmental tools for schools (with the exception of curricula). All documents collected will be made available in electronic (CD) format.

For more information contact: Lee Fiske, EPA-NE (617) 918-1847, fiske.lee@epa.gov.

Metal Finishers

EPA-NE held three Best Practices for Metal Finishing Line Operators Workshops during the week of June 11, at Duralectra, Natick, MA, Delta Electronics, Beverly MA, and CIL, Lawrence, MA. Approximately 75 electroplaters attended the three workshops.

Raytheon has agreed to be a corporate sponsor of the Strategic Goals Program for Metal Finishers. They will sponsor meetings of the New England Program at their Lexington facility; future involvement may include sponsoring workshops, and the internship program. Raytheon also expressed interest in making this a nationwide program for their company. The Strategic Goals Program will allow Raytheon to mentor their subcontractors in a voluntary and non-threatening manner, and will encourage the subcontractors to move beyond compliance. Raytheon has about thirty metal finishing subcontractors in New England, ten of whom already belong to the Goals Program.

EPA-NE conducted two workshops on Storm Water for Metal Finishers this Spring. About 60 Massachusetts metal finishers attended. These workshops were held at the suggestion of EPA's water enforcement staff, who have found that metal finishers are not aware of their responsibilities under Phase I of Storm Water regulations. Additional outreach has included articles in metal finishing trade newsletters and speaking engagements at trade association meetings.

For more information contact: Linda Darveau, EPA-NE (617) 918-1718, darveau.linda@epa.gov.

Marina Initiative

EPA-NE has been meeting with state agency partners, marine trade association officials, and other relevant organizations in all states to discuss plans for an outreach and compliance assessment effort for marinas. The Marinas guide and checklist that will be used in this effort is in draft form.

April 3, Rick Reibstein helped a group of state and local officials and marine trade professionals formulate a strategy for dealing with gray water discharges into the waters of Nantucket. The presentation was well received and the island is now considering setting up a tank of aquatic organisms for public view, to increase awareness of the impacted resource.

For more information contact: Larry Wells, EPA-NE (617) 918-1836, wells.larry@epa.gov.

P2 Template

On June 12, EPA-NE and NEWMOA led an eventful all-day meeting in Boxborough of the Innovative P2 Technology Workgroup. Topics included the status and future of P2 technology verifications under ETV, the status of analyses using the Template, three technology updates, and discussion of a new "technology profile" type of document to supplement the Template. The new head of P2/ETV at ORD-Cincinnati, the lead for ETV coatings verifications at ORD-RTP, and the lead for metal finishing verifications at CTC/Florida, attended the meeting to hear about NE's technology profiling work using the Template, and to gather ideas for ETV. Four state agencies attended.

Since the meeting, EPA has made further progress on a plan for incorporating the P2 Template into the next phase of ETV's P2 work. EPA-NE also provided ETV with information on NE priority P2 technology interests, to help ETV shape their RFP to create a new ETV P2 Center.

For more information contact: Abby Swaine, EPA-NE (617) 918-1841, swaine.abby@epa.gov.

Sustainable Performance & Practices

On May 17, Jean Holbrook, Marge Miranda and Anne Fenn presented an EMS Awareness Training for Federal Facilities workshop, which provided information on the basic concepts and elements of an EMS to the representatives from 48 Federal Facilities who attended.

On May 23, Jean Holbrook and Jack Healey attended a meeting on EMS for municipalities presented by the UMASS Lowell EMS Service Center. Representatives of four municipalities and one community college interested in implementing an EMS attende. On June 13, Jean Holbrook participated in an EMS workshop for municipalities sponsored by MA DEP under a grant from Headquarters' Performance Track program. This was part of a series of EMS workshops, three for state employees and four for municipalities, undertaken by MA DEP. The workshop featured an introductory level explanation of EMS, a recent enforcement case study highlighting the liability reasons for implementing an EMS, a discussion of the new MA DEP policy on EMS in enforcement, and a tour of the chemical storage facility at Worcester State College. There were approximately 20 attendees.

Chris Beling leveraged $20,000 of climate change action plan funds to partially fund a research project "to determine the market demand and economic viability for reused, refurbished or repaired electronics, including quantifying baseline information regarding the reuse market for electronic products." The Maine State Planning office, the RI Resource Recovery Association, EPA R2, and Consolidated Edison of NYC will also be funding a portion of this research.

On May 30, Jean Holbrook attended a Community Advisory Council meeting at Guilford of Maine, a Performance Track charter member. Guilford is an ISO 14001 registered facility with a major commitment to environmentally preferable and sustainable manufacturing practices. Environmental objectives for this textile mill include major reductions in water and energy usage, development and marketing of an interior office upholstery fabric (i.e., cubicles, partitions, and furniture) made entirely of 100 percent renewable raw materials, vendor programs to increase the use of recyclable packaging, reduced use of toxics and increased information availability regarding toxic content in purchased materials, reductions in solid waste, and an increase in the content of recycled material in products produced by the facility to 80 percent. Guilford provides updates and solicits input from the community periodically through its Community Advisory Council.

EPA-NE is participating in the PrintSTEP, a pilot program that grew out of the CSI Printing project. PrintSTEP (Printers Specialized Total Environmental Partnership) pilot programs are being run in MN, MO, and NH. The program includes self-certification, public involvement, and P2. The program's workbooks tell printers, the state agencies and community groups what each needs to know about the project. All are based on the national pilot, but are adapted to the specific rules of the host state. NH draft books will be available for final review next month.

For more information contact: Abby Swaine, EPA-NE (617) 918-1841, swaine.abby@epa.gov.



EPA REGION 2

Grants Programs

EPA Region 2 was provided with $478,477 for the FY 2001 Pollution Prevention Incentives for States (PPIS) grants. The Region received 11 PPIS applications of which 5 will be funded: NYS DEC has been recommended for two awards, one for "Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance Outreach to Marinas and Ski Areas," and one for "Mercury Manometer Replacement and Outreach Project for Plumbers." NJ DEP has been recommended for an award for a project entitled "PBT-free Purchasing Assistance in New Jersey." The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers has been recommended for two awards. Rutgers NJ Eco-Complex will be working on a project entitled "Innovative Landfill Gas-to-Energy Microturbine Cogeneration/Desalinization System Integrated with Aquaponics," while Rutgers Occupational Training and Education Consortium will be working on a project entitled "Advancing Environmental and Occupational Health through Pollution Prevention."

Urban Heat Island Analysis

The P2 team has awarded a $30,000 grant to Columbia University Earth Institute in cooperation with NASA-Goddard Institute of Space Sciences for a project on the mitigation of urban heat island impacts on specific neighborhoods. The project will apply the American Forestry Association Green Cities Model, which uses remote sensing to determine ground level heat impacts, and then specifies tree cover to mitigate the temperature impacts. The project will link the outputs of the neighborhood analysis into Smart Growth principles, which can serve as the basis for developing an outreach campaign on energy efficiency, public health, and urban quality of life beyond existing programs.

For more information contact: Ed Linky, EPA Region 2 (212) 637-3764, linky.edward@epa.gov.

Promoting Safe Treatment for Lice & Scabies

The P2 team has awarded a $19,800 grant to Inform, Inc., for a project to develop a low cost outreach program effective at reducing the purchase and use of lindane. Lindane is a pesticide related to DDT, which is classified by EPA as a PBT chemical; it is readily absorbed through the skin and affects the nervous system. Lindane is used primarily in medicine to treat head lice and scabies; lindane shampoos are rinsed off after use and it has acute toxicity to fish. Less toxic alternatives are available for both diseases. This project will build on a successful project piloted in Los Angeles, CA.

For more information contact: Deborah Freeman, EPA Region 2 (212) 637-3730, freeman.deborah@epa.gov.

NY/NJ Harbor Consortium

The P2 team has been invited to participate in the NY/NJ Harbor Consortium's project entitled "Industrial Ecology, Pollution Prevention and the NY/NJ Harbor." The Consortium held their third general session on June 12 at the New York Academy of Sciences. The session featured a discussion of the first phase of this project, a report currently in draft form entitled "An Industrial Ecology Analysis of Mercury in the NY/NJ Harbor." The science task force presented P2 recommendations for mercury and then discussed the next phase of the project, an industrial ecology assessment of cadmium.

For more information contact: Irene Purdy, EPA Region 2 (212) 637-3845, purdy.irene@epa.gov.

Health Care Initiative

A Region 2 PPIS grant to the NYS Department of Health has funded a series of six seminars throughout New York State entitled "Our Environment: A Healthcare Commitment." The last and best attended seminar was at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC on June 25, 2001. Over 75 people toured the facility. Speakers included the waste manager for Beth Israel, who spoke about developing and implementing a P2 strategy at a large urban hospital, as well as representatives from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Healthcare without Harm, and EPA compliance assistance staff.

For more information contact: Deborah Freeman, EPA Region 2 (212) 637-3730, freeman.deborah@epa.gov.

United Nations Conference

Members of the P2 Team, in cooperation with regional and HQ-international activities coordinators, staffed a joint EPA-international exhibit displayed at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development 9th Session held at the UN in April. The exhibit featured the Global Cleaner Production Information Network, a virtual international initiative designed to help the international community support communication and exchange information within the expanding network of cleaner production and pollution prevention resources. The network was launched in May; visit www.winwinport.org.

Environmental Performance Track

The open session for applications to the performance track program closed April 30, 2001. Region 2 received applications from five facilities: Mott's, NY; Investment Recovery & Recycling Services, NY; Naval Air Engineering Station, NJ; BASF Corporation, NJ; and Ideal Jacobs Corporation, NJ. Recommendations for acceptance into the NEPT Program will be made by July 30.

For more information contact: Marcia Seidner, EPA Region 2 (212) 637-3584, seidner.marcia@epa.gov.

Strategic Agricultural Initiative

EPA Region 2 will fund an agricultural pollution prevention project for farmers in Puerto Rico under the FY 2001 Strategic Agricultural Initiative. This budget initiative was announced by EPA Headquarters Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxic Substances in December 2000 as part of implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act. Region 2 plans to award $57,000 to the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez this summer.

For more information contact: Audrey Moore, EPA Region 2 (732) 906-6809, moore.audrey@epa.gov.

Healthcare Facility Challenge

The P2 team has developed a recognition program entitled "EPA Region 2's Green Facility Program: Healthcare Facility Challenge" as a way to encourage healthcare facilities to implement P2 and waste minimization practices. In order to become recognized under this program, a healthcare facility must perform a baseline survey to determine its current total volume of waste generated, as well as all sources of mercury. They must then establish waste reduction goals and report to EPA Region 2 on the measurable progress made towards achieving these goals. The activities reported must have resulted in a substantial and permanent environmentally beneficial change in the way they did business. Successful facilities will receive certificates of recognition and window decals; no regulatory or enforcement flexibility is offered. EPA Region 2 hopes to launch the program during P2 Week in September.

In a related manner, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance is funding a virtual healthcare facility on the Internet where a compliance assistance provider or healthcare facility can walk through and identify the various waste streams, applicable regulations, and pollution prevention opportunities associated with hospital operations. Several P2/ regulatory workshops for the healthcare sector will be held this year.

For more information contact: Deborah Freeman, EPA Region 2 (212) 637-3730, freeman.deborah@epa.gov.

Environmental Management Systems

On May 31, 2001, Pamela Bridgen of Environmental International provided a general awareness training on EMSs to approximately 35 EPA Region 2 staff and 30-35 environmental health and safety officials from NYC and NYS colleges, state environmental agencies, and healthcare institutions. The Region's federal facility coordinators gave a brief presentation on their work related to promoting EMSs at hospitals, colleges and federal facilities in Region 2. This training was funded by EPA-Headquarters.

Kathleen Malone, Federal Facilities Coordinator for Region 2, has been promoting the use of Environmental Management Systems. She made presentation at the last two of the NYS DEC series of Healthcare Pollution Prevention Workshops with onsite visits at Brookhaven Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. At Beth Israel there were 11 visitors from India, who also were able to hear her presentation.

For more information contact: Marcia Seidner, EPA Region 2 (212) 637-3584, seidner.marcia@epa.gov.

Presentations

In March and again in June, Kathleen Malone and Diane Buxbaum made presentations at the Region 1 and 2 Connecticut Hospital Association Hospital Workshop and a Region 2 and 3 University of Pennsylvania Hospital Workshop. These were predominantly compliance focused workshops, but there was a strong P2 and Voluntary Program component in each one.

For more information contact: Kathy Malone, EPA Region 2 (212) 637-4083, malone.kathleen@epa.gov.

Inspector Training

Two inspector training programs were set up by DECA staff, 1)Hospital P2 and Compliance Training provided by Marvin Stillman of University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital and 2) P2 in the metal finishing industry.

For more information contact: Diane D. Buxbaum, EPA Region 2, (212) 637-3919, buxbaum.diane@epa.gov.

Environmentally Beneficial Landscaping

A brochure explaining the basis for Environmentally Beneficial Landscaping (EBL) for federal facilities as mandates in Executive Order 13148, "Greening the Government" through leadership in environmental management has been developed. It gives information about cost savings, simple tips to achieve EBL, and available information resources.

For more information contact: Kathy Malone, EPA Region 2, (212) 637-4083, malone.kathleen@epa.gov.

Website Development & Information Tools

A "Region 2 College and University" website has been developed. The URL is http://www.epa.gov/region2/p2/college. Other planned websites include one for guidance documents and updates of the Region 2 P2 website.

For more information contact: Diane D. Buxbaum, EPA Region 2, (212) 637-3919, buxbaum.diane@epa.gov.

Virtual Hospital Website:

A contractor is developing a virtual hospital website that will contain both compliance and P2 information. It will be accessed via the federal facility website when completed. The planned completion date is fall 2001.

For more information contact: Diane D. Buxbaum, EPA Region 2, (212) 637-3919, buxbaum.diane@epa.gov.

Puerto Rico/Virgin Island P1 & Compliance Conference

Preliminary planning for a fall 2001 two-day workshop for federal facilities, hospital, and healthcare facilities is planned for Puerto Rico. The event will address compliance with federal regulations, P2, voluntary programs, EMS, greening the government, and much more.

For more information contact: Kathy Malone, EPA Region 2, (212) 637-4083, malone.kathleen@epa.gov.

Greening the Government

A proposed two-day conference will include information on complying with the multiple executive orders on greening the government, P2, environmental management systems, environmentally preferable purchasing, and much more.

For more information contact: Kathy Malone, EPA Region 2, (212) 637-4083, malone.kathleen@epa.gov.

The Natural Step

Region 2 had its first presentation on The Natural Step. RCRA Compliance Branch and RCRA Programs Branch arranged for a full day presentation on April 11, 2001.

For more information contact: Diane D. Buxbaum, EPA Region 2, (212) 637-3919, buxbaum.diane@epa.gov.



NORTHEAST P2 ROUNDTABLE

Environmental Accounting

NEWMOA has launched an Environmental Accounting Listserve to enable anyone interested in environmental management accounting to share information, resources, and ideas. A listserve is a subscription list of individuals with a common interest. To use the listserve, participants send an e-mail to the listserve and it goes out to the entire list of subscribers. Anyone on the list can respond to the e-mail either directly to the sender or to the entire list. This process enables a large group of people to join in on a discussion and to share resources. The Environmental Accounting Listserve currently has about 50 participants from all over the U.S. Participants come from governmental agencies, universities, industry, consulting, and other groups. Contact NEWMOA to get involved in the EA listserve.

Marina Workgroup

Most of the states in the Northeast are focusing on outreach and assistance to marinas this year and next. Several states, including Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts, have initiated Clean Marina programs that involve developing guidance manuals and other assistance materials. Many of these manuals focus on best management practices for reducing non-point sources of pollution from marinas. New York and New Hampshire are also developing guidance materials and checklists as well as a video tape to support their assistance efforts. All of the states are planning to hold workshops for marinas over the next year or so.

NEWMOA has been providing support for the state and EPA efforts by forming an interstate workgroup to share information and ideas on outreach and assistance activities for marinas. The workgroup holds periodic conference calls and occasional face-to-face meetings.

Mercury Policy Listserve

Federal, state, local, and tribal program staff can now share information on mercury policies, regulations, and legislation through NEWMOA's Mercury Policy Listserve. This listserve is only open to employees of governmental agencies and programs. The purpose of the listserve is to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas on mercury reduction, collection, recycling, disposal, and retirement. The listserve currently has over 200 subscribers. Contact NEWMOA to get involved in the Mercury Policy Listserve.

Solid Waste Action Plan

NEWMOA's Board of Directors are currently developing a Solid Waste Action Plan that includes a number of projects to coordinate source reduction and recycling efforts in the region for targeted solid waste. The Action Plan should be available for public release in late August. It includes a focus on waste tires, construction and demolition debris, products that contain persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic constituents, and electronics.

P2 & Assistance Programs Software

For the past few years, NEWMOA has been coordinating an effort to implement a system for tracking pollution prevention and environmental assistance program metrics. This summer the Association will release a beta version of the software for state and federal review and revisions prior to finalizing the system in the fall. The software is currently under development in Microsoft Access.

Starting late this summer, NEWMOA will be coordinating with the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable to share this system and others that are under development with state and local programs outside of the Northeast. NEWMOA staff have done a preliminary demonstration of the system during a web-based conference call with many states.

Schools Assistance

EPA Region 1-New England has funded to NEWMOA to assist the states in their efforts to improve chemical management in public schools. NEWMOA plans to conduct one or two workshops in the late summer or fall for state agencies on the results of work to remove mercury from Massachusetts schools. The mercury reduction efforts can then be used as a starting point for addressing other P2 issues in the schools. In addition, six New England schools will be chosen to receive limited funds to supplement chemical clean out costs. In order to receive this assistance, the schools must agree to implement a purchasing policy to ensure that additional unnecessary chemicals are not acquired by the school, and they must agree to commit the funds necessary to complete the chemical clean out. Schools throughout the New England region will be eligible for participation.

National Mercury Reduction Database

The National Mercury Reduction Programs Database, located at http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/programs/, is designed to create a national repository of information on local, state, and federal reduction activities. The database is currently undergoing a redesign to add full-text and keyword search capabilities and to allow program staff to update their own information. The redesign is expected to be completed by the end of July. At that time NEWMOA invites visitors to the site to review the information that is in the database. To add new information to the database, click on "Add a Project." To update an existing record, either search for the record using the search features or by selecting it from the full list of records in the database and then clicking on the "Go" button. Scroll to the bottom of the record for the "Update" button.

For more information contact: Terri Goldberg, NEWMOA (617) 367-8558 x302, tgoldberg@newmoa.org.



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 abray@newmoa.org



P2 PUBLICATIONS

TRI 1999 Data Release

EPA-260-R-01-001 April 2001. This report provides: detailed analyses and supporting tables for TRI releases and other waste management, an overview of the seven new industry sectors, an analysis of the geographic distribution of TRI releases and other waste management and other information relating to TRI data. Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/tri/tri99/index.htm

Proposed Strategy to Continually Reduce Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBTs) in Washington State

(72 pp) December 2000. The Washington State Department of Ecology is proposing to identify priority PBTs in Washington State. They propose to use part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Waste Minimization Prioritization Tool (WMPT) to reflect Washington-specific conditions. This approach will be consistent with EPA but will use information that is relevant to their state. They also will use the chemical scoring system from the PBT portion of the WMPT. Web Site: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/0003054.html

National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Summary Reports

June 2001. Published by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. Written primarily for public and private decision-makers, NAWQA summary reports discuss water quality in terms of status, trends, influences, and implications. Web Site: http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/nawqa_sumr.html

The New Hampshire Dioxin Reduction Strategy

(70 pp) February 2001. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services developed the New Hampshire Dioxin Reduction Strategy, a first-in-the-nation plan for reducing dioxin emissions. The strategy is modeled on New Hampshire's successful Mercury Reduction Strategy, which in two years has reduced by more than 37 percent mercury emissions in New Hampshire. Web Site: http://www.des.state.nh.us/ard/dioxin/strategy.pdf

The New Hampshire Clean Power Strategy: An Integrated Strategy to Reduce Emissions of Multiple Pollutants from New Hampshire's Electric Power Plants

(118 pp) January 2001. The Department of Environmental Services developed a comprehensive strategy, which will make New Hampshire the first state in the nation to adopt an aggressive strategy to reduce the emission of multiple pollutants by fossil-fuel power plants. Under the New Hampshire Clean Power Strategy, the state's three fossil-fuel power plants will have a five-year window to reduce their emissions of sulfur dioxide by 75 percent; nitrogen oxides by 70 percent; mercury by 75 percent; and carbon dioxide by 7 percent below 1990 levels. To meet these aggressive goals, NH will employ proven national market-based strategies for cost effectively reducing pollution. Owners will be required to meet reduced emissions targets either by using new technology to reduce emissions, purchasing emissions credits, or through a combination of the two. Web Site: http://www.des.state.nh.us/ard/NHCPS_draft.pdf

Reformulated Gasoline: A Closer Look at Methyl tertiary-Butyl Ether (MtBE)

ARD-29 2001. Published by New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Environmental Fact Sheet overview the benefits and risks of reformulated gasoline. Web Site: http://www.des.state.nh.us/factsheets/ard/ard-29.htm

Environmental and Social Effects of ATVs and ORVs: An Annotated Bibliography and Research Assessment

(32 pp) November 2000. By Patricia A. Stokowski and Christopher B. LaPointe; School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont. Citations were gathered in a comprehensive literature review of published research reports and peer-reviewed scholarly writing, and from a review of internet sources. Key findings from the research are synthesized and evaluated, and suggestions for future research are provided. Web Site http://www.state.vt.us/anr/atv_nov20_final.pdf

Green Building: Proper Use and Disposal of Treated Lumber

(5 pp) May 2001. Published by Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Online fact sheet discussing environmental impact of treated wood and suggestions for disposal. Web Site: http://dep.state.ct.us/wst/recycle/lumber.htm

Blood and Hair Mercury Levels in Young Children and Women of Childbearing Age --- US, 1999

(3 pp) March 2001. Published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. A new CDC Report on Mercury Levels in U.S. Women, Children report presents preliminary estimates of blood and hair mercury levels from the 1999 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 1999) and compares them with a recent toxicologic review by the National Research Council (NRC). Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5008a2.htm



GREENLIST

This is a listing of publications at the Technology Health and Environment Library at the Massachusetts Toxics User Reduction Institute. It provides a selection of recently published titles they have acquired. The theme of this listing is Energy Efficiency.

Understanding Pump Systems: A Workshop for the Municipal Pumping Industry

US Department of Energy

With goals of helping American industry run more efficiently and compete more successfully while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the US DOE has created the Motor Challenge, a comprehensive collection of tools and services designed to help participants create the most productive and efficient electric motor-driven systems possible. The Motor Challenge is a network of resources.

Waste Not Want Not

Laundry Today

An increasing number of laundries are exploring the advantages of heat and water reclamation systems.

Energy and Water Efficiency for Semiconductor Manufacturing

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

Water conservation and energy efficiency are fast becoming critical elements of the semiconductor manufacturing process.

Considerations for Total Pollution Control: Energy Conservation and Process Control Utilizing Covered Tanks

March 24-26, 1998; Hankinson, K. C. Brady, T. Chmielewski, A. Aerospace / Airline Plating and Metal Finishing Forum and Exposition

The supply and exhaust of air in a process environment represents both a capital cost for equipment and an on-going operating cost that is often sizable. The objective of this paper is to provide an overview of costs benefits from properly designed and functioning process covers.

Filtration Techniques used by the Textile Industry for Recovery of Dyes, Chemicals and Energy

Porter, J.J., Clemson University School of Textiles

Plants have been able to save enough to pay for the recovery process in one to two years. One key to a successful recovery operation is automatic control of the process.

Reducing pollution and energy requirements in cotton dyeing

Hauser, P.J., Colorist & American Dyestuff

A process that introduces covalently bound cationic dye sites into the cotton fiber has been developed. It allows cotton to be dyed in an energy efficient, low-pollution maner by improving the affinity of existing commercial dyes for the fiber without the use of new or unfamiliar processing equipment. A significant increase in process productivity is also seen since the rinsing and after washing steps of the conventional processes have been eliminated. These new processes have been successfully demonstrated at the mill level by treating and dyeing open width woven goods, tubular knits, and garments. Journal article.

Integration of Environmental Factors in Process Modeling for Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing

Siddaye, S. Sheng, IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment

This paper presents a set of thermo-mechanical process models for unit processes in inner and outer layer circuitization. By assessing the thermal, mechanical and chemical behavior of these processes, energy utilization and raw waste mass streams can be estimated from process and board design parameters. The processes modeled through this methodology include laminate core fabrication, resist strip, oxide treatment, lamination, drilling, desmear / copper plating and solder masking.

Biomechanical pulping with enzymes

Jaakko Pere, Matti Siika-Aho, and Liisa Viikari, TAPPI Journal

Explores the potential of reducing refining energy through biotreatment of coarse mechanical pulps with carbohydrate-degrading enzymes. The objective of biomechanical pulping with fungi is to selectively degrade and modify lignin without sacrificing yield or degrading wood carbohydrates, especially cellulose. Isolation and screening of fungal strains suitable for biopulping have been ongoing since the 1970s. Substantial energy savings (up to 20 percent -50 percent) and significant improvements in hand sheet strength properties have been obtained with lignin-degrading fungi, such as Phanerochaete chrysosporium and Ceriporiopsis subvermispora.

Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises

Muguti, Elizabeth; Everts, Saskia; Schulte, Bob, Intermediate Technology Publications

This book will help fieldworkers and policymakers who support women in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to advise on the improvement of operations through saving energy or improving energy efficiency. Energy efficiency in an SME means making quality products at the least possible energy costs while maintaining economic efficiency.

Using Climate Change Policies for US Pulp and Paper Industry Efficiency

Matthias Ruth, Brynhildur Davidsdottir, and Skip Laitner, TAPPI Journal, July, 2000 Vol. 83, No. 7, p. 43-47

The U.S. pulp and paper industry (SIC 26) consumes 12 percent of total manufacturing energy use. Energy efficiency improved 22 percent during the last two decades. Will expected expansion mean higher energy use and greater carbon emissions from the industry? What will be the effect of climate change policies on the industry's rate of techno-logical improvement?

Campus Ecology

Smith, April A., Living Planet Press

As centers for research, teaching, and policy development, colleges and universities possess vast resources and influence. The products they buy, the investments they make, and the companies they do business with, can create and sustain major markets for environmentally friendly products and technologies. Taking responsibility for environmental stewardship can involve auditing the campus environment using students, faculty, and staff as universities become laboratories for studying resources flows, environmental hazards, and business practices.

For more information on obtaining the publications on this Greenlist from the TURI Library contact: Mary Vidal, MA TURI, (978) 934-3390, Mary_Vidal@uml.edu



Paper Used to Print the Northeast P2 News

This issue of the Northeast P2 News is printed on a new chlorine-free paper. The stock contains 50 percent sugarcane pulp and 50 percent recycled materials, of which 30 percent is post-consumer fiber. According to EPA's EPP Update, the use of tree-free fibers in the paper-making process has several environmental advantages over wood-based feed-stock. Tree-free fibers contain lower levels of lignin than tree cellulose and, therefore, require significantly fewer chemicals for processing. Additionally, less energy and water is used to process these fibers, and tree-free fibers can be blended with post-consumer materials to create papers for many applications.

NORTHEAST STATES P2 CALENDAR

Title
Sponsor
Date/Location
Contact
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
7th Annual Industrial Wastes Technology & Regulations Conference WEF, WEA of SC, USEPA August 12-15, Charleston, SC 800 444-2933
Academy of Certified Hazardous Managers National Conference ACHMM August 18-22, Chicago, IL 913 897-8507
6th Annual Joint Services Pollution Prevention & Hazardous Waste Management Conference US Army Env. Center & Hdqt, Air Force Center for Env. Excellence August 20-23, San Antonio, TX www.p2-hwmconference.com
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
Environmental Innovations Summit The Performance Institute September 10-13, Arlington, VA 703 519-6270
Energy & Environment Capital Network's 5th Annual East Coast Capital Forum ECN September 13-14, New York, NY 734 996-8387 X 224
National Pollution Prevention Week NPPR September 17-23 www.p2.org
P2 Open House - NYS DEC Office NYS DEC September 19, 2001, Albany, NY 518 485-5857
Brownsfields 2001 Conference ICMA, City of Chicago, NBA September 24-26, Chicago, IL 312 791-7000
11th Southern States Annual Environmental Conference & Exhibition MISSTAP September 24-27, Biloxi, MS 662 325-8067
WASTECON 2001: A Waste Odyssey WASTECON October 15-18, Baltimore, MD 301 585-2898
Energy & Environmental Technology Conference NJDEP October 16-17, Atlantic City, NJ 609 499-3600 ext. 3
Used Electronics Collection Program Training Workshop NERC October 26, Schenectady, NY 802 254-3636
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing: Intelligent Systems & Advanced Manufacturers SPIE October 28-Nov 2, Newton, MA 360 676-3290
NPPR Fall Conference NPPR November 12-14, 2001, Charleston, SC www.p2.org
Used Electronics Collection Program Training Workshop NERC November 7, Boston, MA 802 254-3636
Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry 22nd Annual Meeting SETAC November 11-15, Baltimore, MD www.setac.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 Conference on the Management of Special Wastes SWANA December 5-7, Orlando, FL 240 494-2235
Forum '02: Cutting NOx ICAC February 12-13, 2002, Houston, TX www.icac.com


*See www.newmoa.org for more calendar listings

NEWMOAS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

CPollution Prevention in Machining and Metal Fabrication, A Guide for Technical Assistance Providers, 2001, $30 ($15 for nonprofit & government agencies)

CMercury: A Federal Facility Assessment, 2001, $5 (2.50 for nonprofit & government agencies).

C Preventing Pollution, An Environmental Resource for Lithographic Printers, 2000, a limited supply of free copies.

C RCRA Compliance for Metal Finishers, Video Tape, 2000, a limited supply of free copies.

C Pressure Sensitive Tapes & Labels: The Clean, Air Act Amendments of 1990 & Pollution Prevention Opportunities, 1999, $10.

C Northeast States P2 Roundtable: A Directory of Participating Programs, 2000, $10 ($5 for nonprofit & government agencies).

C The Finishing Line, Q & A, Low Compliant Coatings for Auto Body Shops, 1999 (free).

C Technical Assistance Provider Assessment of Three OECA Compliance Assistance Centers, 1999, $10.

C A First Place Finish: An Environmental Guide for New Hampshire Wood Finishers, 1998, $15 (free to New Hampshire businesses).

C Pollution Prevention Progress in the Northeast States, 1998, $20.

C Improving Your Competitive Position: Strategic and Financial Assessment of Pollution Prevention Investments, Training Manual, 3rd Edition, 1999, $15 ($7.50 for nonprofit & government agencies).

C Waste Oil Regulations: A Quick Guide for Auto Repair Shops, 1998 (free).

C A Checklist for Auto Repair Shops (A self-audit tool for regulatory compliance), 1998 (free ).

C Northeast States & Eastern Canadian Provinces Mercury Study, A Framework for Action, 1998, $50.

C Pollution Prevention in Metal Painting & Coating Operations, A Manual for Technical Assistance Providers, 1998, $30 ($15 for non-profit & government agencies).

C Pollution Prevention in the Primary Metals Industry: A Manual for Technical Assistance Providers, 1998, $10 ($5 for non-profit & government agencies).

C Recommendations for a National P2 Information Network, 1998, $15 ($7.50 for non-profit & government agencies)

C Wood Furniture: The Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990 & Pollution Prevention Opportunities, 1997, $40 ($20 for non-profits & government agencies).

C Pollution Prevention for the Metal Finishing Industry: A Guide for Technical Assistance Programs, 1997, $30.

C Pollution Prevention for the Printing Industry: A Guide for Technical Assistance Programs, 1997, $30.

C High-Solid Topcoats and HVLP Spray Guns: Ethan Allen Case Study, 1997, $2.00.

C Ultraviolet Radiation Cured Coatings & Aqueous-Based Coatings, 1997, $2.00.

C A P2 & Lending Case: National Chromium Company, Renewed Profitability Through Pollution Prevention, 1996, $2.00.

C A P2 & Lending Case: Hubbardton Forge, Immediate Environmental & Efficiency Returns, 1996, $2.00.

C P2 & Lending Report, 1996, $2.50.

C Pollution 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).

Name _____________________________________________________________________________________

Company/Agency/Organization _________________________________________________________________

Address____________________________________________________________________________________

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: nep2news@newmoa.org.





Northeast States Pollution Prevention News

Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA)

129 Portland Street, 6th floor

Boston, MA 02114