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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 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net]
On Behalf Of Fred Granek
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 11:49 PM
To: Kathy Barwick; p2tech@great-lakes.net
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.

Best regards

Fred Granek

-----Original Message-----
From:	owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net on behalf of Kathy Barwick
Sent:	Tue 14/03/2006 8:06 PM
To:	p2tech@great-lakes.net
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....)

Kathy Barwick
Sacramento Region Pollution=20
     Prevention Liaison
Dept. of Toxic Substances Control
(916) 255-6421
fax (916) 255-3595

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