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Re: Industry environmental initiative waning?

Having been a "closet enforcer" for many years, I am heartened to see
everyone's conclusions about the limited effectiveness of voluntary
programs--I feel like I can come out of the closet now. Even here in NJ,
where P2 Planning is mandatory but implementation of P2 measures is
voluntary, I have had numerous corporate representatives comment that
they would be implementing much more P2 if it were mandatory.
Regulations drive corporate behavior far more than anything voluntary
(with the exception of the maybe 10% high performers who are doing great
P2 and have integrated P2 into their own performance measures).
It is also important to note that government has not delivered on its
promises to provide flexibility.

Melinda Dower
Research Scientist
N.J. Department of Environmental Protection

>>> "Todd MacFadden" <Todd_MacFadden@uml.edu> 12/16/02 04:00PM >>>
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
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
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
For years, industry has pressed EPA and states for flexibility in
and more non-regulatory approaches to reduce pollutants. And the
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
One University Ave
Lowell, MA 01854

978.934.3050 (fax)


Because not everyone can live upstream.

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