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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. What types of public outreach will be conducted as part of this project?

2. Is the public involved in issue identification?

3. Does the public have a role in the planning the project?

4. Is the public participating in a decision making or advisory capacity?

5. Will the public be involved in gathering some of the data for the project?

6. What Stakeholders were involved, including Federal, State, and local agencies?

7. What role did the community or other stakeholders play in the project? Is the public involved in issue identification? Does the public have a role in planning the project? Will the public be involved in gathering some of the data for the project?

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