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Email cleaner used! Works great ! RE: Fw: National Database on EMSs

Whoever posted the email cleaner program on P2Tech a couple of months ago,

	Thanks a lot.  It made this message a lot easier to read.
Peter T. Moulton
Division of Technical Services, Bureau of Remediation
State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection
State House Station #17
Augusta, ME  04333
tel. 207-287-8161			Fax. 207-287-7826
case (upper or lower) does not matter on email address

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> From: 	Burt Hamner[SMTP:bhamner@cleanerproduction.com]
> Sent: 	Friday, September 15, 2000 1:05 PM
> To: 	p2tech; apcp list; infoterra
> Cc: 	Moulton, Peter T
> Subject: 	Fw: National Database on EMSs
> good stuff here...
> Subject: National Database on EMSs APOLOGIES FOR CROSS-POSTINGS.
> September 13, 2000: For Immediate Release Release of EMS Database and
> Analysis of Baseline Data from 50 Facilities Do "environmental management
> systems" used by businesses and governments to improve their environmental
> performance work in the real world?  Nobody knows for sure.  Because
> widespread adoption of EMSs by industrial and governmental facilities has
> the potential to change the nature of environmental regulation, the
> Environmental Law Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel
> Hill are engaged in a multi-year project to help answer that question
> through the creation of the National Database on Environmental Management
> Systems.  NDEMS includes more than 50 pilot facilities that are
> implementing EMSs.  The joint ELI-UNC project is supported by the U.S.
> Environmental Protection Agency and a consortium of states known as the
> Multi-State Working Group.
> ELI and UNC have released the NDEMS database as well as a landmark study
> that contains a thorough analysis of the initial baseline data from the 50
> facilities.  The report, The Effects of Environmental Management Systems
> on the Environmental and Economic Performance of Facilities, covers the
> three years prior to the implementation of an EMS at each facility,
> including extensive date on each facility's past environmental
> performance, compliance history, pollution prevention efforts, and
> involvement of external interested parties.  The facilities, including
> some that are implementing EMSs based on the ISO 14001 international EMS
> standard, are located in 10 states and represent a variety of sizes,
> industries, and government agencies.
> "The creation of NDEMS and our research based on it are designed to answer
> the fundamental question of whether implementation of an EMS changes a
> facility's behavior in ways beyond those that are the result of standard
> environmental regulations," said Suellen Keiner, Director of ELI's Program
> on Environmental Governance and Management.  EPA's project manager for
> NDEMS, Jim Horne of the agency's Office of Water, added: "We want the
> public and other researchers to have access to these data so they can
> build upon our analysis and determine for themselves the effects of EMSs."
> In addition to analyzing the baseline data, The Effects of Environmental
> Management Systems includes a summary of the major project mileposts and
> updated information on the demographics for the 50 pilot facilities.  The
> report also describes upcoming project highlights, including preliminary
> details regarding the facilities' EMS design activities.
> Beyond analyzing information from the national database, the ELI-UNC
> researchers have conducted a number of site visits and in-person
> interviews with pilot facility managers and employees.  Two facilities are
> the subject of detailed case studies in the report, and more case studies
> will be published later this year.  "The case studies are crucial to the
> project because they provide a more complete understanding of EMS
> implementation," said Horne.
> "The two case studies describe each facility's EMS design process,
> motivations for developing its EMS, and the perceived costs and benefits
> of implementing an EMS."
> In the next phase of the NDEMS project, the ELI-UNC research team will be
> compiling data on the pilot facilities' EMS designs, as well as the
> processes by which their EMSs are implemented.  These data will be added
> to NDEMS, which will be updated every six months so that changes over time
> can be analyzed by the ELI- UNC team and other researchers.
> The database and the report are available to the public for free at
> www.eli.org/isopilots.htm.  The project Web site also includes background
> information on NDEMS, including the data collection protocols.
> ELI is an independent research and educational organization based in
> Washington, D.C.  The Institute serves the environmental professional in
> business, government, the private bar, public interest organizations,
> academia, and the press.