Pollution Prevention (P2)
Pollution Prevention (P2) is defined in the Minnesota Toxic Pollution Prevention Act (Minn. Stat. 115D). It is a “front-end” method to decrease costs, risks, and environmental concerns. In contrast to managing pollution after it is created, P2 reduces or eliminates waste at its source. Once practices are in place, savings from P2 continue year after year.
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If you have a specific question about pollution prevention options or practices, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our P2 staff will respond with an answer or a referral as appropriate.
Explore Best Management Practices that touch a wide variety of industrial sectors or that fit a particular industrial sector.
- Beyond regulation MPCA's Small Business Environmental Assistance program
- Minnesota RETAP – HVAC and lighting assistance
- Zero Waste P2 Options – Best Management Practices
- Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable – Publications and expert contacts
- P2 Resource Exchange - Expert peer-reviewed P2 guides
- P2 InfoHouse – a collection of more than 50,000 P2 publications, fact sheets, case studies and technical reports
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) provides direct technical assistance for P2. They are located at the University of Minnesota and their services are free, confidential, and non-regulatory.
MnTAP specialties include:
- Automotive / Vehicle Maintenance
- Dry Cleaning
- Ethanol Production
- Fiberglass Product Manufacturing Processes
- Food Production
- Healthcare Facilities
- Iron Mines
- Machining and Metal Fabrication
- Metal Casting
- Painting, Coating, and Wood-finishing
- Pulp and Paper Mills
MnTAP training broadcasts:
MnTAP has developed webcasts that highlight pollution prevention and cost-saving opportunities for common manufacturing processes such as parts cleaning and painting and coating and for industrial sectors such as metal fabrication and metal casting. MnTAP also sponsors several summer intern projects working with manufacturers to identify P2 opportunities. View this webcast for examples of 2010 intern projects.