August 18, 2009
June 23, 2009
In light of the U.S. EPA’s recent action to declare a public health emergency for Libby, Montana, last week, they are launching a renewed public awareness campaign to notify the public about the important information on vermiculite insulation and its potential to be contaminated with asbestos fibers.
For more information on vermiculite insulation:
Fact Sheet (pdf).
March 4, 2009
On-Line Calculators, Tools, and Resources that Measure, Track, and Evaluate Pollution Prevention Activities
November 12, 2008
The PDF document below briefly describes on-line calculators, tools, and resources that measure, track, and evaluate pollution prevention activities. The 53 listings include websites with multiple resources, stand-alone programs, and simple spreadsheets. These sites have not been fully reviewed for their contents however; the research goal was to seek tools and resources that would benefit pollution prevention measurement and evaluation activities.
July 8, 2008
In 2005, NPPR began collecting data from pollution prevention programs throughout the United States for a comprehensive evaluation of the achievements of these programs from 2001 to 2003. In September 2006, NPPR released “Pollution Prevention Produces Results.”
“Pollution Prevention Produces Results: Waste Reductions, Resource Conservation, and Cost Savings” is a collection and evaluation of the pollution prevention (P2) efforts of 29 state, regional, and local governments in the United States from 2001 to 2003. the documented achievements for those three years include: over 6 billion pounds of air and water pollution as well as hazardous and solid waste that are no longer being released into the environment; a reduction in energy usage by 1.2 billion kiloWatt hours; and conservation of potable water of over 44 billion gallons. The resultant cost savings and economic benefit add up to more than $500 million. This is about 5 times the total budget for these P2 programs for the corresponding time period, and more than 25 times the federal investment.