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Re: Industry environmental initiative waning?



Leif makes an extremely important point.  There must be multiple drivers if
voluntary programs are to work.  That is why I and many others are so
focused on municipal level programs for P2 and more.  Local goverments and
communities provide a critical and EXTREMELY important driver to motivate
companies in voluntary program.  Lets be real, if you are not on the legal
hook with EPA, why would you care what they think about your performance?
What influence do they have with your business?  In contrast, local govts
and communities are totally important to companies and that is why we should
be focusing more and more attention to educating and training them to
promote P2 to companies in their communities.  Pretend you are a CEO and try
saying "piss off" to the mayor and the school principal.

Burt Hamner

----- Original Message -----
From: <Magnuson.Leif@epamail.epa.gov>
To: <PRooney@ci.lincoln.ne.us>
Cc: <NPPR@great-lakes.net>; <owner-nppr@great-lakes.net>;
<P2Tech@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: Industry environmental initiative waning?


>
> I would whole heartedly agree that voluntary P2 partnerships rarely
> compel effective P2 implementation: other drivers must be present.
> Regulatory/enforcement drivers are very effective, but I would add that
> in addition to regulatory drivers, customers and the public can also
> effectively compel P2 implementation. Identifying all these
> drivers/partners and leveraging them fully is our key to success. Below
> are but a few examples:
>
> Customers:  1. EPA Region 1 Corporate Sponsor Program
>                   Raytheon Company, Lexington, MA and Pratt & Whitney,
> Hartford, CT, sponsor various workshops and                 training to
> help their suppliers and other metal finishers reach their Strategic
> Goals.
>             2. Replacing Pentabromodiphenyl Ether (PeBDE) as a flame
> retardant in foam furniture
>             A few foam manufacturers are actively testing alternatives
> to PeBDE not because they are afraid the U.S.               will
> restrict its use, but because customers like Ikea, Crate and Barrel and
> Eddie Bauer are demanding                 that foam products they
> purchase/sell be bromine/halogen free.
>
> The Public:       The Dow Midland Project
>             Bill Bilkovich once told me that the most effective driver
> is to get the U.S. public to picket outside of              inefficient
> plants.
>
> Season's Best...
>
> Leif Magnuson
> Pollution Prevention Coordinator
> U.S. EPA Region IX, WST-7
> 75 Hawthorne St.
> San Francisco, CA  94105
> (415) 972-3286 Tel
> (415) 947-3530 Fax
> magnuson.leif@epa.gov
> www.epa.gov/region09/p2
>
>
>
>
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>                       owner-nppr@great-        Subject:  Re: Industry
environmental initiative waning?
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>                       12/16/2002 02:12
>                       PM
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>

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> I first said it as a joke, but it is becoming increasingly true:
> Voluntary
> programs are only as good as the mandatory regulations that drive them.
>
> "We have met the enemy and they is us."  Pogo
>
> Phil Rooney
> Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
> 3140 N Street
> Lincoln, NE 68510
>
> (402) 441-8644
>
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