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Vol. 22 No. 2 Fall 2012

 

FEATURE ARTICLE

Promoting Sustainability & P2 Across Sectors

PROGRAM UPDATES

Click on the links below for information and updates on key activities that programs in these states have been focusing on.

Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
Vermont
EPA Region 2
NEWMOA

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Welcome to the first issue of NEWMOA's newly redesigned and enhanced Northeast Pollution Prevention & Sustainability News (formerly Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News).  The content remains focused on federal, state, and local government efforts in the Northeast to advance sustainability, pollution prevention (P2), and compliance.  We have changed the name to reflect a greater emphasis on sustainability in the work of our members and EPA.  We hope that you like the new e-delivery format, navigation, and name, and we encourage you to send us your comments and suggestions so that we can continue to make improvements.  You can also share the newsletter with your friends and colleagues by using the Facebook, Linked-in, Twitter, and email buttons.

 

PROGRAM UPDATES
EPA Region 1

Underground Infrastructure
Underground infrastructure, which includes pipes, manholes, valves, and other equipment that brings wastewater to treatment plants, directs stormwater to streams and rivers, and delivers drinking water to homes, is an asset to communities.  However, many systems in New England have buried pipes that are over 100 years old, so managing them properly is important.

EPA Region 1’s Assistance and Pollution Prevention Office has developed programs to assist and provide training to help municipalities and others better manage these systems and meet their compliance responsibilities.  Implementation of effective preventive maintenance programs significantly reduces the potential for water main breaks and the frequency and volume of untreated sewage discharges.

The Program began with development of tools distributed through the website and has continued for the last several years with training and outreach offered with such partners as Rural Water, Water Pollution Control Associations, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), and others.  Working with facilities to meet their permit obligations and enforcement requirements, Region 1’s goal is to ensure that municipalities and utilities that manage underground infrastructures meet or exceed the standards that are necessary to prevent non-compliance and adequately manage these systems.

 

Connecting with Hospitals
EPA Region 1 began compliance assurance activities with the health care sector in 1998.  Early efforts focused on the virtual elimination of mercury and solid waste reduction.  EPA Region 1 continues to work with the healthcare sector by providing the latest information on regulatory updates and sustainability topics (e.g., WasteWise, Energy Star, and Water Sense) through bi-weekly emails to over 1,900 national contacts.  EPA staff attends state healthcare meetings on a regular basis in CT, NH, and RI.   The Region promotes the WasteWise program and Energy Star portfolio manager to the healthcare sector and has 27 WasteWise partner hospitals and 79 active healthcare portfolio manager accounts.  The Region more recently hosted webinars for healthcare on climate change and sustainable landscaping.