P2 News

P2 Intern Symposium Aug. 4-5 in Wichita, Manhattan and via Zoom

Our students will share their summer internship experiences and P2 recommendations that will assist their host companies in reducing water usage, chemical waste and energy.

August 4, 2022  •  Wichita
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunflower Room, 7001 W. 21st St. N.
Register for Wichita session

August 5, 2022  •  Manhattan
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 300
Register for Manhattan session

Who should attend? Kansas industries, EPA, KDHE, professors and students

Questions? Email ksu-ppi@ksu.edu or call (800)578-8898. Both sessions will be available virtually via Zoom. Hosted in part with support from EPA R7 and KDHE.

2022 PPI Interns Work with Industry to Solve Sustainability Challenges

2022 PPI Interns

This summer PPI has 13 interns working with industry on a variety of pollution prevention or P2, source reduction and sustainable material management projects. These interns are junior-level or higher engineering or science students from Kansas State University and other accredited universities in Kansas.

At PPI we are committed to providing the best environmental technical assistance to Kansas companies while training and mentoring future scientists and engineers in the importance of pollution prevention, sustainability and environmental protection. 

If you are a company interested in hosting a summer intern to assist you with P2 or sustainability projects, please see our Intern Program page or contact us at KSU-PPI@KSU.EDU, 800-578-8898, or reach out directly to the Intern Coordinator, Lynelle Ladd, lladd@ksu.edu

EPA P2 Resources for Business

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposed Rulemaking on Climate-related Disclosures

On May 9, 2022. the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC, announced it has extended the public comment period on the proposed rulemaking to enhance and standardize climate-related disclosures for investors until June 17, 2022. The extended comment period applies to three proposed rules. To read the proposed rules and supporting documentation please see the links below. 

"The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors," Federal Register Vol. 87, No. 69, Monday, April 11, 2022

"Private Fund Advisers; Documentation of Registered Investment Adviser Compliance Reviews," Federal Register Vol. 87, No. 57,  Thursday, March 24, 2022

"Amendments Regarding the Definition of 'Exchange' and Alternative Trading Systems (ATSs) That Trade U.S. Treasury and Agency Securities, National Market System (NMS) Stocks, and Other Securities" Federal Register, Vol. 87, No. 53, Friday, March 18, 2022

EPA's New Guidance on Reporting Renewable Electricity Purchases

EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership and Green Power Partnership announce the release of a new U.S. practice paper, Renewable Electricity Procurement on Behalf of Others: A Corporate Reporting Guide (epa.gov). This document outlines guidance for reporting renewable electricity purchased and can be used in several situations related to value chain relationships.

Highlights include:

  • Guiding principles for applying renewable electricity claims and GHG emission benefits across scopes for use in corporate GHG accounting aligned with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance.
  • Approaches to REC retirement, allocation, and documentation.
  • Examples of REC procurement scenarios including purchasing for tenants, suppliers, and customers.
  • Case studies from Google and Iron Mountain.

To contact EPA regarding this document, please email James Critchfield (critchfield.james@epa.gov).

Invest in Our Planet - Invest in You!

April 22, 2022 is Earth Day and the theme this year is "Invest in Our Planet".  Here at PPI we assist our clients and partners find equitable, sustainable and economically-sound ways to invest in their operations through pollution prevention strategies which help reduce the impacts to our environment, human health and communities.  

For Earth Day ideas or events near you, check out EPA's Earth Day webpage and learn three ways to practice greener living and the four actions EPA took this year to protect people's health. 

If you'd like assistance with Pollution Prevention, please contact us about our free Circuit Rider Summer Intern assistance. Apply before May 15 or contact us at KSU-PPI@KSU.EDU for more information. 

EPA technical guidance for financing P2 projects

For small and medium-sized enterprises, pollution prevention projects often compete for limited resources with other internal business priorities that are essential for revenue generation. Small businesses may not be used to borrowing money from external sources or may not realize that it’s possible to do so at affordable terms. EPA has a new resource page on financing P2 projects that includes a P2 financing tip sheet for small and mid-sized businesses. 

EPA adds a new hazardous air pollutant to the CAA list

On Dec. 22, 2021, EPA finalized the rule to add 1-bromopropane (1-BP) is also known as nPB, CAS 106-94-5, to the Clean Air Act list of hazardous air pollutants or HAPs. If your materials contain 1-BP, now is the time to evaluate if you can find alternative, non-HAP containing materials to replace your use of this material. EPA has developed a question and answer document to answer some general questions about what the addition of this new HAP means to air compliance and permitting. If you have questions or need assistance evaluating your chemical use of this product and alternatives, please contact us. 

EPA's Pollution Prevention National Emphasis Areas (NEAS) for 2022

EPA has identified the following five industry sectors that offer significant opportunity for pollution prevention, economic and environmental impact:

  • Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing, includes facilities with the NAICS codes beginning with 311 or 3121,
  • Chemical Manufacturing, Processing and Formulation with NAICS code beginning with 325 and associated subsectors (4-6 digit NAICS codes under 325),
  • Automotive Manufacturing and Maintenance with NAICS codes beginning with 3361, 3362, 3363, and 8111 and associated subsectors,
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing and Maintenance with NAICS codes beginning with 3364 and subsectors for manufacture and 488190 for maintenance, and 
  • Metal Manufacturing and Fabrication with NAICS codes beginning with 331 and 332.
    • EPA has published P2 guidance for metal finishing activities involving solvents and cleaners used to clean metal and plating operations.  

If your are one of these industries, you are encouraged to apply now through January 31, 2022 for technical assistance from PPI through our summer P2 intern program. 

Host companies apply now for a Summer 2022 P2 Intern! 

Funded through EPA P2 grant, the PPI P2 Intern Program is a nonregulatory, technical program designed to link Kansas business and industry with Kansas engineering and environmental sciences students. Any company located in Kansas, regardless of employee numbers, can apply for an intern that will work with your company for 10 weeks on projects you identify as priority sustainability projects. Our online application is open through Jan. 31, 2022. For questions, or to speak with the P2 Intern Coordinator about the program, please contact us at 800-578-8898 or email us at KSU-PPI@KSU.EDU.

Support or Lead Actions in EPA's Recycling Strategy 

Although recycling is not pollution prevention or source reduction by definition under the Pollution Prevention Act, it is an important aspect of sustainable material management for all industries. Beginning on Nov. 15, you can sign up on the EPA website https://www.epa.gov/americarecycles to support or lead actions in EPA's National Recycling Strategy.  EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery within the Office of Land and Emergency Management has created a guidance document with strategic recycling actions your organization can implement.  

Environmental and sustainable business strategies

Check out EPA"s P2 Resources for Business webpage to learn more about environmental and sustainable business strategies. A new two-page flyer has examples of how your company can be environmentally friendly and save money! 

Upcoming P2 Events

 

Past Events

We know you are busy and may have missed the 2021 Intern Symposium that was held on Sept. 10, 2021.  But you didn't!  We recorded the presentations and they are now available on our Case Summaries page. Check out the P2 strategies identified by the source reduction interns this summer. Do you need assistance with identifying source reduction or P2 strategies for your business? Contact us!

To learn more about our P2 intern program and how you can be a host company or an intern in 2022, please check out our P2 Intern Program page.