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state programs for P2 planning?




Hi all,

I'm working on a project to compare MN's P2 planning efforts with those from other states to develop possible ideas for things we can do to improve our P2 programming.

I started by checking out the overview of state P2 programs featured on the US EPA web site - http://www.epa.gov/oppt/p2home/resources/statep2.htm

Based on what I could find there and some subsequent searching, it appears that Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington have planning requirements for P2 or toxics use reduction.  All of those mandated planning for TRI reporters while some also extended that requirement to large and small quantity HW generators.

I also saw that Colorado, Louisiana and New Mexico have voluntary challenge programs where EMS or P2 planning is a required component and that Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia offer EMS or P2 planning assistance, but have no requirements.

I'm looking now to learn more about the success rates with these programs.  What have you learned about what works and doesn't work with P2 planning?  Are states that have focused more on emphasizing EMS development seeing positive results?  

If your state reports on P2 program evaluation, I would be interested in seeing a report on that (for example, MN prepares a biennial Pollution Prevention Evaluation Report, which you can find online at http://www.moea.state.mn.us/berc/p2evaluation.cfm)  and would happily compile this information to share with the list if there are others interested.

Mark


Mark Snyder
Pollution Prevention Specialist
Business Assistance Unit
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
mark.snyder@moea.state.mn.us

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