Doing a good job of accident prevention is also pollution
prevention since pollution is almost always associated with accidents that
involve chemical substances. When I taught seminars on how to prevent
chemical accidents, the first step was to identify the possible events that
could lead to an unplanned and/or uncontrolled chemical release,
including human error (stupidity or cupidity-(;-)!). Then, after
assessing severity of consequences and probability, and organizing the events
into hierarchies, find ways to reduce severity and probability of each event,
by engineering, procedures, training, etc. Then do the response
This process reduces risk from intentional as well as
unintentional events. It starts with the idea that we can prevent much
pollution associated with unplanned and/or uncontrolled releases of chemical
Ralph E. Cooper, Ph.D.
Mediator and Attorney at Law
9901 IH-10 West, Suite 800
San Antonio, TX 78230
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Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2001 7:06
Subject: P2 and National Security
Hello all. I am doing some thinking about
Pollution Prevention and national security at request of a colleague
and also for a workshop in March. Is there an obvious
connection? Or some more subtle ones? Here are some of my
- Toxics reduction: P2 can mean fewer
toxic chemicals around for people to make trouble with.
- Minimum requirements for resources: P2
can reduce the amount of water and energy that people need to get by, so
they are less vulnerable perhaps in event of disruption of supply.
Reducing use also makes distributed generation of power and clean water more
feasible so systems have fewer vulnerable points.
- Carbohydrate chemistry and chemical
substitutions and reduction can reduce the need for imported oil (tho this
is hardly likely to make any difference).
Does anyone have other ideas to share? It
may be that this is all just reaching a little too far for relevance to
national security. But that's what listservs are for - reaching way