Pollution Prevention


Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Act»
Portland OR Toxics Reduction Strategy»
Towards a Sustainable America Report»
U.S. Pollution Prevention Act»

This 1989 law requires manufacturing firms using specific quantities of some 900 chemicals to conduct a biannual plan identifying ways to reduce use of those chemicals. Its precautionary actions include goal setting, safer alternatives, monitoring, reporting and the responsibility of the firms to take action.

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State Regulations

The state Department of Environmental Protection regulations implementing the Toxic Use Reduction Act include definitions, and toxic use reduction reporting requirements and analysis.

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Overview of Law

This brief memo provides an overview of the Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Act law including its history and objectives.

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Fact Sheet

This document by the Toxic Use Reduction Institute answers the most frequently asked questions about the law and the program.

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Progress Report & Community Grant Program

This brief memo provides a quantitative and graphic look at the progress made in Massachusetts on toxic use reduction, and describes the state’s Toxic Use Reduction Networking grant program, which encourages citizen involvement.

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Multnomah County and the City of Portland Council in Oregon approved a Joint Resolution in 2004 to develop a Toxics Reduction Strategy based on the precautionary principle. The strategy supports the elimination of toxic pollutants in the region by using alternatives that present the least potential threat to human health and the city’s natural systems.

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Portland Report on Precaution

The Sustainable Development Commission of Portland and Multnomah County, and the Oregon Center for Environmental Health, issued a 2004 model report titled, Precautionary Approaches for Health & the Environment: Making the Case for a Toxics Reduction Strategy.

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This 1999 report by the President’s Council on Sustainable Development builds on its 1996 Sustainable America report. The Council, a panel of leaders from business, government and non-profit organizations, was formed to advise the White House on ways to integrate economic goals with environmental and social goals. It recommended over 140 actions to move toward a sustainable society, focusing on climate change, environmental management, metropolitan and rural strategies and international leadership.

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Fact Sheet

This document provides a brief summary of the Council and its recommendations on sustainable development.

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News Release

This 1999 release summarizes the Council’s report and recommendations to address sprawl, climate change, urban renewal and corporate environmental responsibility.

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This 1990 law aims to facilitate the advancement of pollution prevention (P2) practices, with grants for state and local programs, data collection and an informational clearinghouse.

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Summary Memo

This memo by the federal Environmental Protection Agency describes the agency’s pollution prevention policy, which stresses the importance of making prevention the first choice.

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