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Pollution Prevention Program

The purpose of the program is to encourage the adoption of pollution prevention (P2) practices by businesses through technical assistance, developing state and tribal capacity, recognizing excellence in P2, using federal procurement to encourage source reduction, and establishing standard methods of measuring results.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The P2 program targets resources to the program's purpose and beneficiaries. Key program areas assist businesses to identify less hazardous chemicals, and support researcher development of new chemical technologies in the Green Chemistry program. The P2 program also awards state grants to provide technical assistance to businesses on reducing pollution at the source.
  • The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 (PPA) established a national policy to prevent or reduce pollution at the source whenever feasible. This program is currently a voluntary program and needs to evaluate any barriers to businesses from implementing pollution prevention as specified in the PPA.
  • The program's proposed annual efficiency measure is outcome-based and is for the Design for the Environment project. This efficiency measure evaluates approximately 25% of the Pollution Prevention Program.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Evaluating and implementing Science Advisory Board Report recommendations for improving performance measures to better demonstrate P2 results.
  • Identifing and reducing barriers associated with core EPA activities that limit implementation of pollution prevention practices by industry.
  • Developing additional P2 Program efficiency measures to expand the portion of the program's resources that are addressed.

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