Preventing pollution includes finding less or non-toxic substitutes for raw materials, redesigning products or production processes, eliminating leaks and spills, and recycling and reusing materials within a system.
The Minnesota Guide to Pollution Prevention Planning was developed to help companies comply with the Minnesota Toxic Pollution Prevention Act. The guide includes background on the concepts and benefits of pollution prevention, as well as step-by-step guidance for developing a pollution prevention plan.
Pollution prevention is an integral and critical business activity. The pollution prevention planning process is a way for businesses to lessen their impact on the environment. From a business perspective, a company can see how raw materials can be used more efficiently, or how a process can be changed or replaced to make a product or service more productive.
No company or facility is identical in how it operates its processes. How a company prepares its P2 plan will be related its culture and the way it implements major projects. The guide is structured as if a company is developing a plan for the first time. It is designed so that you can “fast forward” to the chapter most appropriate to your needs.
- Chapter 1 outlines the general benefits of pollution prevention (P2).
- Chapter 2 discusses the types of pollution prevention options there are and how to recognize them. This chapter is intended for those totally new to the subject of P2.
- Chapters 3 and 4 explain the requirements of a pollution prevention plan, and walk a company through the steps in the planning and reporting processes. Pollution prevention plans are required for all Minnesota facilities that are required to submit Form R reports for Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals under the state and federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
- Appendices identify other resources and sources of technical assistance available to Minnesota businesses.
The May 2010 update of the Minnesota Pollution Prevention Planning Guide was a joint effort of:
- MnTAP: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
- Partner: Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency