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Pollution Prevention Assessments In Support Of The Lake Superior Binational Program - Technical Assistance To Industries

Project Information

Award Amount:$57,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$3,000.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/93-9/30/95
Description:Summary: The Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) provided pollution prevention information, education and technical assistance to waste generators in the four Wisconsin counties in the Lakes Superior basin. Building awareness among the waste generators about the resources available from SHWEC, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and local sources, and building linkages with municipal operations, primarily Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) in the Lake Superior basin, were key project objectives. Although the project was designed to target reductions of specific bioaccumulating substances, primarily PCBs and mercury, facilities were approached with the opportunity to reduce all types of wastes.

Environmental Results/Products: SHWEC inventoried and identified companies discharging directly to the Lake Superior watershed and to the POTWs. SHWEC provided training to POTW pretreatment coordinators on basic pollution prevention concepts with special emphasis on discharges from dentists, photo developers and medical laboratories.

SHWEC completed 15 technical assistance assessments. Many of the targeted businesses were reluctant to invite SHWEC to their facilities. This may have been due to a distrust of government. Local partnerships (e.g., “Green Star” programs in Ashland and Superior, Wisconsin) can help establish the trust that is needed among waste generators, the community, regulators, and technical assistance programs.

SHWEC conducted five workshops for marinas and boat repair facilities, small quantity generators, and the wood finishing industry. Outreach materials included information on services offered by SHWEC and other resources (including county Community Resource Development Agents) for targeted businesses in the Lake Superior basin in Wisconsin.


  • Conducting an Internal Mercury Audit for Manufacturing Facilities, a 6-page fact sheet
  • Lake Superior Business and Industry Assistance Quick Reference List, a 1-page fact sheet
  • Pollution Prevention for Marinas and Boat Yards, a 35-page guidebook
  • Pollution Prevention for Wood Finishing and Manufacturing, an 85-page guidebook
  • Pollution Prevention/Waste Minimization Options for Metal Finishing Processes, Implementing a “Closed Loop” Process, a 5-page fact sheet
  • Small Business Pollution Prevention Guide
  • The Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative (GLWQI), a 2-page fact sheet

Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

University of Wisconsin-Extension Office - Primary Contact

161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 6000
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
p: 414-227-3371
f: 414-227-3165
Individual Contacts

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Primary Contact

101 S. Webster Street, P.O. Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
p: 608-267-3125
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.


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