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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. As a result of this project, will further data be collected, monitoring be conducted, or additional problem identification studies undertaken? Will refinements be made to modeling or exposure and/or toxicity assumptions?


2. If the project is complete, what recommendations were made to reduce risk and/or emissions or otherwise mitigate the impacts of the problems identified as a result of this project?

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3. If the project is complete, were reduction activity emissions or risk reductions calculated?    


3.a. Are reduction factors being developed?    


3.b. What are the expected reductions achieved by the individual activities?


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4. Will the results of this project contribute to regulatory development, enforcement actions, or voluntary actions?


5. Are future projects/efforts planned or refined as a result of this project?

Yes. PBTs and UATs will continue to be priorities for Erie County and Empire State Development, and product review prior to purchasig, assessments of County facilities, and battery recycling will continue. Networking through manufacturing associations will continue a new grant to Erie County from Empire State Development.

6. Are there any major uncertainties or cautions regarding the project process or findings?


7. Are there any lessons learned that would benefit other projects?

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