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Pollution Prevention (P2) in Indiana

Great Lakes Pollution Prevention Roundtable meeting

May 12, 2011

IDEM received $160,000 in funding from U.S. EPA to reduce industry and community use of toxic chemicals especially those on the Resource Conservation Challenge Priority list and Region 5 Priority list.

Step 1: IDEM P2 Branch identified 417 manufacturers through the Toxic Release Inventory which used these targeted toxics in Indiana. IDEM contacted 117 of these companies to offer a Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessment site visit and to inform them of the upcoming grants.

Step 2: Out of the 117 manufacturers contacted, twenty accepted our assistance through a site visit to conduct Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessment. Suggestions were provided to each manufacturer assisted through a follow-up written report.

Reducing Toxics Through Pollution Prevention in Indiana

Reducing Toxics Through Pollution Prevention in Indiana (cont.)

  • Step 3: IDEM P2 Branch opened the first P2 grant round in June 2010 and received only six applicants. Two projects were not pollution prevention and only one was selected out of the other three to be funded.

    Lesson Learned: Focus on Priority Chemical list was too narrow and substitutes are not readily available for most of the chemicals on the list.

  • We decided to open a second round with a general focus on pollution prevention in October 2010. We received an additional six applications. Two additional grants were chosen to be funded.

Reducing Toxics Through Pollution Prevention in Indiana (cont.)

  • Three grants were awarded:

    General Motors Bedford was awarded $30,000 for their project to recover waste heat from their compressors to heat a near by process building.

    Upper White River Watershed Alliance (UWRWA) was awarded $60,000 to reduce nonpoint source pollution from pet waste and possibly expand their current campaign reducing use of phosphorus containing lawn fertilizer.

    Frito Lay was awarded $70,000 to modify their ovens to reduce their natural gas consumption and reduce greenhouse gases.

Reducing Toxics through Pollution Prevention in Indiana

The estimated results from these three projects are the following:

U.S. EPA and IDEM are partnering with 10 Indiana municipal water and wastewater utilities to create energy management plans for their facilities using the guidebook “Ensuring a Sustainable Future: An Energy Management Guidebook for Wastewater and Water Utilities (January 2008)”

Indiana Energy Management Pilot Project 2009-2011

Indiana Energy Management Pilot Project 2009-2011

IDEM received $38,520 for “Reducing Greenhouse Gases in Indiana” from the 2010 Source Reduction Assistance grant from U.S. EPA to help fund this project. Grant funds are being used to conduct monthly all-hands training calls from the Global Environment and Technology Foundation and to create a supplemental document to improve the guidebook.

Recognition Programs

Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP)

  • ESP is a voluntary, performance based leadership program designed to recognize and reward Indiana regulated entities for going above and beyond current environmental regulations. In return for their exemplary environmental performance, these establishments receive program incentives including regulatory flexibility, public recognition, and networking opportunities.

  • Originally developed through an U.S. EPA grant and is now funded through state dollars.

  • We have completed 8 application rounds since 2007 and currently have 50 members.

The table lists all of the reductions achieved by Environmental Stewardship Program members during 2009 by each environmental category:

Recognition Programs (cont.)

CLEAN Community Challenge

  • The Indiana Comprehensive Local Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Community Challenge is a voluntary recognition program for local Indiana government. CLEAN helps communities take steps to plan, develop, and implement a quality of life plan. This plan includes gathering input and support from the community and local businesses.

  • Originally developed through an U.S. EPA grant and is now funded through state dollars.

  • The program started in 2007 and currently has 15 members.

  • Several communities are in the process of developing quality of life plans.

Recognition Programs (cont.)

Here are some of the project totals from CLEAN communities for 2009 and 2010:


Jennifer Schick, Pollution Prevention Branch Chief

Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance

Indiana Department of Environmental Management


Contact (317) 234-5286 or 1(800) 988-7901

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