What does Pollution Prevention Mean? Pollution Prevention (P2) means
to stop or reduce pollution at its source, before it starts. P2 strategies
reduce or eliminate waste by using raw materials, energy, water and other natural
resources more efficiently. Pollution Prevention, sometimes called Clean Manufacturing,
is simply smart business, often resulting in significant monetary savings
for companies and reducing their regulatory burden. In addition, Pollution Prevention
helps to protect our environment, so it’s the right thing to do.
Pollution prevention partnerships between government and businesses across the country
benefit both parties. ADEQ’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Program provides free, non-regulatory
assistance to Arkansas businesses interested in improving their operating efficiency
and reducing their environmental impact. If your business is interested in operating
in a more sustainable manner and would like some assistance, give us a call at 501-682-0015.
P2/EMS Web Sites
The following are resources for pollution prevention and sustainable business practices:
Resource Exchange for Eliminating Waste (RENEW)
is designed to help facilities in EPA Region 6 (Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
Louisiana and Texas) exchange materials that would otherwise be disposed of. RENEW
allows you to see materials available at a facility, or post your own materials.
Facilities who post materials can avoid disposal costs, and possibly reduce their
regulatory burden. Searching available materials helps you find materials for your
facility at a reduced cost, often free.
ADEQ Environmental Management System
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is the primary agency
responsible for protecting the “Natural State” from pollution. We realize that our
own agency has an impact on the environment and it is our goal to reduce our environmental
footprint. To meet this goal, ADEQ has established an Environmental Management System
(EMS) to reduce the environmental impact of our daily business activities.
An EMS Team, made up of representatives from each of the Department’s divisions,
identifies ADEQ’s most significant impacts on the environment and implements strategies
to reduce those impacts. The effectiveness of these controls is evaluated each year.
The results of the annual evaluation are made available to the Department’s senior
management along with any recommendations for improvement. Once these impacts have
been minimized, the EMS Team will look for other areas of our business that have
an impact on the natural environment.