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RE: Rant: Who took the P2 out of Resource Conservation?

First of all, as an old geezer, but one who was largely a conscientious
objector in the definitional wars of bygone times, let me just say this:

I was wrong.  Definitions DO count for something, if only to provide a
brake against backsliding such as this.
Secondly, while I have no pretensions of being well versed on most
policy issues (I've always enjoyed it more down here in the technical
weeds), I agree w/ Rick wholeheartedly, that the community -- assumedly
through NPPR, or perhaps from the grassroots, ought to craft a polite
but firm reminder that P2 is not an obsolete concept.
my $0.02 worth.

Scott Butner 
Director, ChemAlliance 
c/o Pacific NW National Laboratory 
PO Box 999 
Richland, WA  99352 
Voice: (509)-372-4946/Fax: (509) 375-2443 
Website: http://www.chemalliance.org/ 
E-mail: scott.butner@pnl.gov 


From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net]
On Behalf Of Rick Yoder
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 3:23 PM
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net; p2r7@p2ric.org
Subject: Rant: Who took the P2 out of Resource Conservation?

The RFIP (described and linked below), "Resource Conservation Challenge
(RCC) Grants Program (FY06" has three priorities to be funded at the
national level; none of which include source reduction; all have a heavy
emphasis  on recycling.  The closest language to P2 is in the first
priority in section 1B: "(1) Reduce the generation and disposal of the
following materials and waste streams through reuse, recycling,
composting, market development or product stewardship:" 

Where in the description of how, i.e., " through reuse, recycling,
composting, market development or product stewardship" does the
prevention component (the reduced source generation) exist?  Only
through reuse, I guess.  And not at all in priorities #2 & #3. As such,
I don't see how the solicitation encourages proposals that address the
"Reduce Waste Generation" portion of the EPA Strategic Plan Goal 3
Objective 3.1 Sub-objective 3.1.1 or the "Prevent Pollution" element of
Goal 5 Objective 5.2 Sub-objective 5.2.2 

I wonder who will be reviewing the proposals?  I now assume that it will
be a panel comprised of  individuals who favor recycling. 

With only $250,000 available at the national level, I would expect two,
maybe three, projects. With the priorities described, it seems evident
to me that P2 is pretty well taking a back seat to recycling. To the old
geezers on this list - remember when there was a time we used to debate
what is or is not P2?  I'm not saying that was a good thing, but I feel
the pendulum has swung too far the other way. 

 Is this important enough for NPPR or some other group representing P2
specialists to draft & send a letter?   

I guess I wouldn't mind so much, but for this: 
1)  I was first introduced to P2 while working in the RCRA program back
in '91 - P2 has decent regulatory roots in RCRA that seem to me to be
abandoned with the stated priorities., 
2)  If RCC wants to do recycling, that's fine, it's their money.  But
they should call it that, and not try to describe it as a reduction in
the generation of waste.  It's not.  It's handling the waste generated.

3) The national public still holds a prevalent belief that when they
recycle they are doing the best they can do for the environment.  If EPA
won't continue to reach for the elegant solution of source reduction,
why should the public?  I don't think sustainability can be reached by
recycling alone. 

Just a thought. 


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