GLRPPR Sector Resource: Evaluation of EPA Efforts to Integrate Pollution Prevention Policy throughout EPA and at Other Federal Agencies: An EPA Self-Assessment
Evaluation of EPA Efforts to Integrate Pollution Prevention Policy throughout EPA and at Other Federal Agencies: An EPA Self-Assessment
EPA has undertaken a self-evaluation of its efforts, under the Pollution Prevention Act (P2 Act) of 1990, to integrate pollution prevention policy into its environmental programs, including air, water, toxics and hazardous waste. This evaluation also looked at the Agency's efforts to promote pollution prevention approaches at other Federal agencies, which is also authorized by the P2 Act.
The P2 Act established a national policy that pollution should be prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible. The P2 Act also directs EPA to consider the effects of its existing and proposed programs on source reduction, and to promote source reduction practices at other federal agencies. In this evaluation we focused on P2 Act provisions that address integrating P2 policy into Federal programs, and we use these provisions to shape our evaluation questions.
P2 is the basis for many sustainability efforts, whether or not the term is used. This evaluation makes the connections between pollution prevention integration activities and stewardship and sustainability policy developments. Overall, we found that most Agency program activities and efforts to promote P2 at other federal agencies are in basic conformance with Pollution Prevention Act provisions for P2 integration, although there is clearly room for continual improvement.
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