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INTRODUCTION

The Minnesota Guide to Pollution Prevention Planning has been developed to help companies comply with the Minnesota Toxic Pollution Prevention Act. Compliance is only a starting point for a company that is serious about being competitive and profitable. Waste is lost profit and pollution prevention (P2) is a way of saying “no” to waste.

How a company prepares its P2 plan will be related to its culture and the way it implements major projects. A plan may simply be an opportunity to document the amount of waste generated per product. The Guide is structured as if a company is developing a plan for the first time. It is designed so that you can “fast forward” to the chapter most appropriate to your business’s needs.

No company or facility is identical in how it operates its processes. However, pollution prevention is a prescription for any company to increase efficiency, comply with environmental regulations, and avoid waste.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The Minnesota Pollution Prevention Planning Guide was a joint effort of the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), with assistance from the Minnesota Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Program. In addition, we received contributions of time and expertise from many other individuals. Their participation was essential to the creation of this revised document and is greatly appreciated.

In 2010, a committee of MPCA and MnTAP staff members revised the Minnesota Pollution Prevention Planning Guide. Special thanks to MPCA’s Mark Snyder and MnTAP’s Paul Pagel, Sarah Haas, and Katie White.