EPA's 33/50 PROGRAM
EPA has been experimenting with a new approach to achieving environmental goals--"voluntary partnerships" between government, industry, and the public. The 33/50 Program is one of these innovative voluntary programs. It seeks voluntary reductions in environmental releases and transfers of 17 pollutants reported in the Toxics Release Inventory. The 33/50 Program derives its name from its goals--reductions of 33% in 1992 and 50% in 1995 from a 1988 TRI baseline of 1.47 billion pounds of toxic wastes. Participation in the 33/50 Program is both simple and flexible. As of June 1994, over 1,200 U.S. manufacturers were participating in the program. The following announcement is being provided as a courtesy to the 33/50 Program. THE 33/50 PROGRAM - THE NEXT GENERATION As calendar year 1995 - the 33/50 Program's final year - approaches, EPA increasingly is being asked what, if anything, it plans to do as a follow-up. A general consensus has emerged that voluntary partnerships between government and industry can be effective in promoting pollution prevention. However, perspectives differ on both the need for and the design of a next generation of the 33/50 Program. Accordingly, up-front stakeholder buy-in will be critical to the success of any voluntary initiative proposed as the next generation of the 33/50 Program. Public Discussion Over the coming months, EPA will be spearheading public discussion on the prospects for a next generation program. Our objective is to obtain input from industry, environmental groups, citizens, states, and other constituencies on two basic questions: - Should there be a next generation of the 33/50 Program? - How should a next generation 33/50 Program be designed? Our decision making process will conclude with a formal announcement in the summer of 1995. Suggestions Requested This document has been prepared to facilitate discussion and comment by interested parties. Some of the major issues to be resolved in deciding about a next generation program are outlined below. Anyone interested in offering suggestions or commenting on these and other issues related to a next generation voluntary environmental protection program is encouraged to write to: The 33/50 Program (7408) U. S. Environmental Protection Agency 401 M Street, SW Washington, DC 20460 Attention: 33/50 - The Next Generation Comments can also be forwarded via fax at (202) 401-8142, or via Internet at [email protected] Initial comments and suggestions are requested by January 31, 1995. Additional opportunities for input will be available as the next generation decision making process unfolds in 1995. 33/50 - The Next Generation: Decision Making Issues - Should there be a next generation of the 33/50 Program? - What should be the goal(s) and associated measures of a next generation program? - national program goals? - individual participants' goals? - What time frames and milestones should be associated with a next generation program? - Who (companies, facilities, government, etc.) should be invited to participate in a next generation program? - Should a next generation program be linked to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)? - Should a next generation program focus exclusively on pollution prevention (source reduction), or should environmental improvements achieved through recycling, recovery, treatment, and remediation also be embraced? - What information should be obtained from participants in a next generation program? - Should a next generation program be administered by EPA or by an independent outside organization? - To what extent should a next generation program be integrated into or coordinated with other environmental initiatives? - other voluntary environmental programs? - environmental media regulatory programs? - EPA's Common Sense Initiative? - State voluntary and regulatory programs? - What incentives should be offered to encourage potential participants to join a next generation program? - To what extent should participants make use of previously planned or initiated environmental activities in meeting the goals of a next generation program? - To what extent should technical assistance be provided to participants in achieving the goals of a next generation program? - How should participants and their environmental achievements be recognized over the course of a next generation program? The OPPT Library is operated by LABAT-ANDERSON Incorporated.
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