Illinois Pollution Prevention: What you need to know
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Illinois's Pollution Prevention (P2) programs are voluntary.
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• Administration and enforcement. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) enforces the federal pollution prevention rules in Illinois. The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is a nonregulatory service organization affiliated with the University of Illinois's Prairie Research Institute that provides assistance to Illinois businesses and the public.
IEPA's Office of Pollution Prevention (OPP) offers facilities, small businesses, trade associations, local government facilities, environmental groups, and military installations the opportunity to help identify, research, and pilot P2 technologies and practices through a voluntary internship program. Under the program, an intern student will spend the portion of a summer working as a temporary full-time employee at a sponsoring facility to assist in reaching P2 goals. According to the IEPA, companies may gain overhead cost savings due to increased energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the program.
ISTC has technical assistance engineers that can help businesses and organizations reduce all types of solid waste as well as toxic releases into the air or water. Industrial sectors served by WMRC include:
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Services normally begin with a free assessment to promote approaches and set priorities to address issues. Some recommended practices call for only fundamental reviews of, and changes ...