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Local Government Pollution Prevention Targeting Project

Project Information

Award Amount:$50,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$6,000.00
Start-End Dates:1/1/95-3/31/97
Description:Summary: Using regulatory databases (e.g., SARA Title III), Erie County, New York identified businesses discharging persistent, bioaccumulative toxic substances into the Buffalo River and Niagara River Areas of Concern. Companies were invited to participate in a nonregulatory pollution prevention review to develop site-specific pollution prevention plans. An advisory group for this project included representatives from: the Buffalo Sewer Authority, Erie County Sewer District, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and three different divisions of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Environmental Results/Products: Upon examination of the regulatory databases, regulators identified 25 companies, from a pool of 96, that could most benefit from pollution prevention assistance. These 25 facilities received a letter from Erie County describing the project and offering free, non-regulatory technical assistance. Ten companies participated in the project and received on-site technical assistance. The technical assistance resulted in source reduction successes such as: manufacturing process modifications, recycling industrial byproducts and other waste-streams, identifying lead-free raw materials, recirculating water, switching paint operations from solvent to water-based, replacing clay absorbents with a "waste free" alternative, and energy conservation recommendations. The Erie County Office of Pollution Prevention will continue to work with the facilities.


There are no reports associated with this project.

Funding Organizations

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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

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Erie County Department of Environment and Planning - Primary Contact

95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
p: 716-858-7674
f: 716-858-7713
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Buffalo, NY Sewer Authority - Partner

City of Buffalo
City Hall
Buffalo, New York 14202
Individual Contacts
  • James Eagan

Erie County Dept. of Sewage Management - Partner

Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Room 1034
Buffalo, New York 14202
p: 716-858-8383
f: 716-858-6257
Individual Contacts
  • Thomas Whetham P.E.

Erie County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) - Partner

Erie County Public Safety Building
3359 Broadway Street
Cheektowaga, New York 14227
p: 716-859-8632
Individual Contacts

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Partner

625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1750
p: 518-402-9469


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