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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Safety: Pollution Prevention Program
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Pollution Prevention Program Policy

(adapted from Manual 230 - updated: 12/5/2005)


Pollution prevention is implemented at each location in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management", and EO 13514, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance".

It is REE policy to identify, evaluate, and incorporate pollution prevention, energy/water conservation, life-cycle analysis, and life-cycle costing concepts and considerations into:

  • the design and execution of program, mission, and mission-related activities;
  • the design, construction, and maintenance of REE facilities;
  • the acquisition, procurement, and use of equipment, materials, services, and supplies;
  • the acquisition, procurement, use, and release to the environment of extremely hazardous substances and toxic chemicals; and
  • the disposal or offsite transfer of wastes resulting from procurement and use of toxic chemicals; where:  Life-cycle analysis is a holistic approach to identifying the environmental consequences of a product, process, or activity through its entire life-cycle and identifying opportunities for achieving environmental improvement; and, Life-cycle costing is a systematic process of evaluating the cost of a product, product line, process, system, or facility by identifying life-cycle consequences and assigning monetary values to those consequences.

REE is committed to using source reduction as the means of choice for pollution prevention.  When feasible, REE will use pollution prevention projects and activities to correct and prevent noncompliance with environmental regulatory requirements.  Where pollution prevision/source reduction activities are discretionary, REE will strive to minimize the acquisition, procurement, use, and disposal of extremely hazardous substances and toxic chemicals.  Where source reduction is impractical, REE will follow the hierarchy of pollution prevention; namely, environmentally safe recycling, treatment, and, as a last resort, responsible disposal or other releases to the environment.

It is REE policy to:

  • reduce releases and offsite transfers of hazardous substances and toxic chemicals and other pollutants;
  • reduce the use of selected priority chemicals and the generation of toxic and hazardous wastes;
  • phase out the procurement of Class I ozone-depleting substances;
  • reduce the sue of energy and related environmental impacts by promoting the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies;
  • conserve and protect water resources by reducing water use where possible;
  • promote sustainable management of Federal facilities, including the use of environmentally and economically beneficial landscaping; and
  • train senior-level management, research leaders, scientists, technicians, engineers, contracting personnel, procurement and acquisition personnel, facilities managers, and other personnel as appropriate on the provisions of this policy and other Executive Orders as mandated.


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Last Modified: 3/12/2010
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