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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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** This abstract was last updated on 01/08/2010 03:03:38 AM **

1. Is the project Planned, Ongoing, or Completed?


2. What State and/or Region is the project located?


3. What is the specific location of the project?

Erie County, NY

4. What is the objective and scope of the project?

The objective of this project is to provide education and technical assistance to businesses to decrease emissions of urban air toxics (UATs) or PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic) chemicals, resulting in purchase of environmentally preferable products.

5. What is driving the need for this project?

Help achieve attainment status of the ozone standard.

6. What is the geographic scale of the project?


7. When did the project begin?

8. When did the project end?

9. What is the time period of the data being used in the project?

10. In general, how is this project designed?

Identify businesses using/emitting PBTs and HAPs, provide education for pollution prevention through alternative materials, practices, and purchasing.

11. What does this project contribute to the risk knowledge base?

12. Who are the primary contacts for the project?

Alex Peck
U.S. EPA Region 2
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007-1866
tel: (212) 637-3758

13. If there is a published report, who are the authors?

14. What is the report ID number of the project and/or the publication date?

15. What was the cost of the project?

16. How is the project being funded?

PPIS grant from EPA + in-kind services

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