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RE: I'm confused
If you go to the Findings and Policy section - 42 USCA Section 13101,
otherwise known as Section 6602 of the Act, there's language about
reduction or prevention "at the source", and language that says that
existing regulations focus on treatment and disposal rather than "source
reduction", or "multi-media management" of pollution. Most importantly, it
says, "Source reduction is fundamentally different and more desirable than
waste management and pollution control. The Environmental Protection
Agency needs to address the historical lack of attention to source
reduction. As a first step in preventing pollution through source
reduction, the (EPA) must establish a source reduction program which
collects and disseminates information, provides financial assistance to
States, and implements the other activities provided for in this
chapter." The Policy section immediately following these findinds says
"Congress hereby declares it to be the national policy of the US that
pollution should prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible;"
etc. on down the hierarchy.
The Definition section then also defines source reduction, which is used
throughout the act, as reductions of amount or hazard prior to recycling,
treatment, or disposal.
The law is called the Pollution Prevention Act, starts out by talking about
preventing pollution at the source, and continues by using the term source
reduction. Doesn't that mean P2 = source reduction?
Sometimes you see versions of statutes that leave out these initial
sections of findings and policy proclamation, and just give you what's
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of Fred Granek
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 11:49 PM
To: Kathy Barwick; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: RE: I'm confused
P2 definition c/o Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (which
if you are paying attention, owes a lot to the the US EPA defintion!)
Canadian Council of the Ministers of the Environment (CCME), specifically.
Pollution Prevention is defined as the use of processes, practices,
materials, products or energy that avoid or minimize the creation of
pollutants and wastes, at the source.
From: email@example.com on behalf of Kathy Barwick
Sent: Tue 14/03/2006 8:06 PM
Subject: I'm confused
I could've sworn the national P2 Act defined p2 (as source reduction). Now
I'm looking at
http://www.epa.gov/oppt/p2home/p2policy/act1990.htm#def and it doesn't
define p2 at all! Which is fine but where did I get P2=Source reduction per
federal law? Or perhaps it's just me....
Help! (and doesn't it seem odd that the P2 Act doesn't define p2....)
Sacramento Region Pollution=20
Dept. of Toxic Substances Control
fax (916) 255-3595
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