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Successful P2 Projects




Please accept my apology for the length of this message.

Because of significant time constraints, some assistance would be helpful.  I need to identify successful P2 projects (past and present) that conform (or could be readily modified to conform) to the summarized grant requirements given below.  [Although not clear, please note that the nuances of the grant requirements exclude mercury P2 projects.]  Ideas are additionally welcome, but identifying successful projects that could be readily adopted in the State of Michigan is the goal.  Contact information and where to locate program documentation would additionally be helpful.

Thanks in advance,

David Herb
Pollution Prevention Section
MDEQ - Environmental Assistance Division
Lansing, MI 48909-7957
Phone: 517-241-8176
Fax: 517-373-3675
Email: herbdw@state.mi.us 


Grant Description
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will provide matching grants to nonprofit organizations to fund regional pollution prevention projects that result in measurable reduction in critical pollutant(s).  [Maintenance of existing projects, projects that target wastes other than critical pollutants, and projects replacing existing federal, state, or local financial commitments are not fundable under this program.  Examples of previously funded projects under this program are given below.]  A total of $500,000 in funding is available, and the total cost for each proposed project must be at least $50,000.  Organizations receiving grants are required to provide a match of at least 25 percent of the total project cost.  Grantee contributions may include dollars, in-kind goods and services, and/or third party contributions.  Project contracts cannot exceed two years and will be on a cost-reimbursement basis.  Requests for funding will be accepted through June 1, 2001.

For the purpose of this grant, critical pollutants are defined regionally by Federal, State, and Local Government lists.  Critical pollutants are toxic substances that negatively impact human, marine, and terrestrial habitats.  

For purposes of this grant, "pollution prevention" or means source reduction and environmentally sound on-site or off-site reuse or recycling.  Waste treatment, control, management, and disposal are not considered pollution prevention.
 
ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS: Local units of government, including county, city, and township, and other public or incorporated nonprofit organizations.  For-profit applicants are ineligible for grants, but may serve as subcontractor to the grantee.

Critical Grant Components 
1.	The project adheres to the definition of pollution prevention.
2.	The project must result in measurable reduction(s) of critical pollutant(s). 
3.	Grant Recipients must be nonprofit organizations.
4.	Project costs must be at least $50,000 (state match + local match = $50,000 or greater).
5.	The project will expend grant funding within two years of the start date of the grant.
6.	Organizations receiving grants are required to provide a match of at least 25 percent of the total project cost. 
7.	Projects with projected equipment costs greater than $10,000 must contractually agree to operate the equipment for a five-year period after the grant award.

Previously Funded Projects Include:

Michigan State University - $135,000 for reducing pesticide use in the apple-growing industry. MSU will provide technical assistance to apple-growing areas of the state, using Integrated Pest Management to reduce the broad-spectrum insecticides by 50 percent. The project will include growers in West Michigan, the Saginaw Bay area and Southeast Michigan, resulting in a beneficial impact on six different watersheds.

Genesee County Health Department - $68,000 for pollution prevention in vehicle repair facilities. The county will work with vehicle parts washing operations to reduce wastewater and air pollution generated by solvents and degreasers. The project will include about 20 facilities and result in long-term benefits in air and water quality. 

Central Lake Superior Watershed Partnership in Marquette - $47,000 for a community-based pollution prevention program for Lake Superior. The partnership will provide technical assistance to businesses to reduce the storm water impacts of critical pollutants to Lake Superior. The project will reduce storm water pollutants by about 10 percent and provide documented reductions in business-generated pollution. 

Macomb County Public Health - $120,000 to implement innovative pollution prevention technologies for marinas, boatyards and salvage yards. The county will provide technical assistance to boater, marina and salvage yard operators to reduce critical pollutants through the adoption of technology and best-management practices. 

Oakland County Division of Solid Waste Management - $80,000 to prevent pollution by electronic and electrical equipment. The county will work with businesses in Southeast Michigan to establish an electronics-recycling infrastructure to recover mercury, lead, cadmium and plastic. The project will offer the collection of household electronics and be coordinated with Washtenaw County.