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Industry environmental initiative waning?



Keven-

Thought that this item from a P2 listserve might be interesting.  It has
generated dozens of responses.  I'll send along two or three of the more
interesting responses.

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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
By BARNABY J. FEDER

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/23/business/23CHEM.html?tntemail1

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

978.934.3391
978.934.3050 (fax)

todd_macfadden@uml.edu
www.turi.org

Because not everyone can live upstream.
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