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Auto Industry Pollution Prevention Project: Phase Ii

Project Information

Award Amount:$76,680.00
Dollars Leveraged:$48,520.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/94-12/31/95
Description:Summary: This project built upon previous voluntary efforts by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors (Auto Companies) to reduce the release of persistent toxic substances in the Great Lakes basin. Michigan staff focused the Auto Industry Pollution Prevention Project: Phase II efforts on establishing an Auto Project Advisory Group, enhancing coordination with the Canadian Auto Project, expanding outreach to suppliers, and evaluating the 1991 Auto Project agreement and list of targeted persistent toxics.

Environmental Results/Products: Since 1991, the year the Auto Project began, releases of the targeted 65 listed Great Lakes persistent toxic (GLPT) substances from auto company facilities (as reported under in the Toxic Release Inventory) have declined every year except one. These reductions, mainly accomplished through the use of specific pollution prevention actions, process improvements, and recycling, are explained in detail in the Auto Project pollution prevention reports and case studies.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), AAMA, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors published the Automotive Pollution Prevention Project: Progress Report II. MDEQ also published a bound document containing 33 pollution prevention case studies and an addendum with 20 case studies submitted by the auto companies. The June 1997 US Automotive Pollution Prevention Project: Progress Report III details efforts beyond this grant period, including data on reportable releases of U.S. EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals and pollution prevention activities and accomplishments for each of the three participating companies. It is available from MDEQ. Information on the Auto Project, including 60 pollution prevention case studies, is available at: on the Internet.

The project partners formed an Auto Project Advisory Group composed of representatives from trade associations, higher education, technology centers, public interest groups, a foundation and government. During the grant period, they met twice a year to review progress on the Auto Project. The Canadian Auto Project and U.S. Auto Project representatives met on a semiannual basis to enhance binational pollution prevention efforts in the automotive industry and to exchange information regarding their respective projects.

The American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA) trade association and the Auto Companies co-sponsored the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) annual waste reduction conference in the Detroit metropolitan area in December 1994 and 1995. The U.S. and Canada Auto Project partners jointly sponsored the “North American Supplier Environmental Workshop” in October 1995. More than half the participants at the North American conference were auto suppliers. All 5,000 tier-one auto suppliers for Chrysler, Ford and General Motors received project progress reports, which included pollution prevention case studies.

Project Progress Beyond the Grant Period

In 1996 the auto companies decided to broaden the project from an exclusive focus on the Great Lakes to one including operations in the entire United States. This expansion reflects the fact that pollution prevention activities are implemented on a corporate-wide basis. Current industry efforts target all materials of concern rather than being limited to the 65 persistent toxic chemicals focused on for the Great Lakes basin. It is important to note that 74% of the auto companies’ U.S. facilities are located in the Great Lakes States. The Auto Project has matured from a government led and funded project to a nation-wide industry led project with support from State and Federal governments and the advisory group.

Combined pollution prevention achievements for Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors include a 56.9% reduction in U.S. EPA TRI reportable releases and a 63.9% reduction in U.S. EPA 33/50 Program releases since the 1988 base year. There has also been a 9.2% production normalized reduction in the Great Lakes Persistent Toxics, targeted since 1991 in the Great Lakes region. Excluding zinc releases, the Auto Project achieved a 54.5% production normalized reduction of Great Lakes Persistent Toxics since 1991.


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

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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Primary Contact

Environmental Science & Services Division
PO Box 30457
Lansing, Michigan 30457
p: 800-662-9278
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

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

American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA) - Partner



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