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Eliminating Urban Air Toxics and Potentially Bioaccumulative Toxics from Business and Government Operations

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The Empire State Development Corp. (ESD) will partner with Erie County's Department of Environment and Planning (DEP) to educate area businesses about the hazards associated with persistent, bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals. As part of this effort, ESD and DEP will aggressively provide technical assistance to Erie County businesses that release any of EPA's targeted Urban Air Toxics or PBTs. ESD will identify these businesses using Toxics Release Inventory reports and a tool called the PBT profiler. In addition, ESD and DEP will promote a policy shift to environmentally preferable purchasing among government agencies and private businesses to increase the demand for environmentally friendly products. To further this goal, DEP will offer onsite vendor demonstrations to advertise alternative products to target organizations. Overall, the project aims to reduce chemical releases in the region by 1,600 tons to help achieve attainment status for ozone in the Buffalo/Niagara area.

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1. Does this project include a health effects evaluation or exposure assessment?

2. What assessment features does the project use?

3. If an inventory is used in the project, how will it be developed?

Identified products containing the targeted chemicals, then used SIC Codes to identify businesses that typically use those chemicals, and then developed a mailing list for those companies. Grantee resorted to this because TRI showed no companies for Erie County - attributed this to thresholds for reporting - and State databases didn't allow the type of pollutant search needed to identify the companies. Used purchasing information. Conducted on-site assessments at County facilities.

4. What sources of emissions are addressed?

Stationary Major Sources, Mobile Sources, Stationary Area Source, Not listed

5. If monitoring is conducted, how are the data used in the studies?

6. What pollutants are monitored?

7. If modeling is conducted, what types of models are used?

8. How are modeling data used in the project?

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