National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week is the third full week in September each year, making it September 17-23 for 2007. Pollution prevention is reduction or elimination of pollution at the source, and involves more efficient use of resources, the substitution of less harmful substances for hazardous ones, and the elimination of toxic substances from production processes. The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable offers tips for preventing pollution at home, work, and school on its web site.
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Michigan DEQ has a section on P2 Week on its web site, including a P2 Week planner and sample resolution, an environmental calendar, and P2 Week posters. The Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention are hosting the 10th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show during P2 Week, and IDEM will present the Indiana Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence during this event. Check the GLRPPR Calendar for other events that are taking place during P2 Week, and if you know of others, share them in the “Comments” section!
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The Ohio EPA has launched a new program during P2 Week called Tox-Minus. It’s a voluntary program aimed at encouraging Ohio facilities to reduce the pollutants they release to the environment. The program is open to all companies, but the initial focus will be on 100 of the top toxic chemical reporters. See http://www.epa.state.oh.us/tox-minus.html for an overview and http://www.epa.state.oh.us/ocapp/tox-minus.html for more detailed information on this program.