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Industry environmental initiative waning?

Hey all,

It's a bit dated now (Nov 23), but I just came across the following NY Times article in which the late Bill Bilkovich is acknowledged for his work to advance pollution prevention efforts at Dow.

Dialogue on Pollution Is Allowed to Trail Off


The article suggests a disturbing trend that industry is increasingly moving away from voluntary and collaborative approaches to P2 - and the concomitant gains in environmental protection - abetted by a more permissive adminstration. (It was, case in point, published the day after Bush hobbled the New Source Review rules).

I am curious to know what people think about the fate and future of voluntary environmental initiatives as a tool to protect the environment. For years, industry has pressed EPA and states for flexibility in standards and more non-regulatory approaches to reduce pollutants. And the approach seems to work - but (it would appear) only to the extent that more stringent standards are imminent. Does your experience with voluntary programs support this view? Are they just smoke and mirrors?

Todd MacFadden
Todd MacFadden
Training Specialist
Toxics Use Reduction Institute
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Lowell, MA 01854

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