State Pollution Prevention Programs

State programs are at best a barometer of activity in pollution prevention. Programs vary along with their enabling statutes. Some programs are mature, well-established, and independent. Others consist of little more than a coordinator, who pulls together the pollution prevention aspects from other state environmental programs. Some states delegate their pollution prevention to third-party groups at universities and research centers and provide state funding for their operation.

Program elements of state programs include raising the general awareness of benefits from pollution prevention, reducing information and technological barriers, and creating economic and regulatory incentives for pollution prevention. Some also attempt to foster changes in the use of toxic materials and the generation and release of toxic byproducts.

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