University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Partners in Pollution Prevention

Summer Internship for Engineering/Science Students


This eighth summer of Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Program promises to be one of the biggest and busiest. This summer there will be 18 students from 7 different universities in Region VII participating in the program. The 7 females and 11 males represent 9 majors, including Civil, Industrial, Biological and Agricultural, Chemical, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Environmental Engineering. The formal classroom portion of the program begins May 24. After the training portion of the program, students are released to be at work during the first week of June. Interns will be placed in 7 different Nebraska communities to work with both small business and larger industries. Two new technical assistance models are being implemented this year, based on feedback from both previous interns and business clients. A team of three students will be working part of their summer with livestock producers across Nebraska. The second team of three interns, dubbed the Industrial Assistance (IA) team will meet the needs of our small to medium sized industrial clients who need short-term assistance, but not a full time summer intern.

For additional information on the program, contact Stacey Hawkey, P3 Program Coordinator, 402-472-2838;

Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute

Spring 2004 Program Activities Update

Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable Meeting

The majority of program activities completed since the fall 2003 update were done in connection with the KDHE contract to operate the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP). SBEAP work included:

  • New Staff: PPI Hired two new specialists and reshuffled the director duties. Barb Johnson who was with our agency from 2000-2002 has returned, staffing a Salina area office. Barb was formally known for her work with salvage yards and brings multimedia expertise to our office. Mike Stewart joins our agency from KDHE’s BAR and has specific expertise with air construction and operating permits. Mike will be housed out of our Manhattan office with Sherry Davis. Steve Travis now staffs our Johnson County office and Nancy Larson who has been in the Wichita office for more than 4 years now has assume duties as the P2 Technical Coordinator.
  • Technical Assistance: SBEAP provides on-site technical assistance for numerous businesses (about 80-90) each year. Multimedia environmental compliance and pollution prevention technical assistance is provided on-site and a technical report follows to each business. PPI staff also fields hundreds of hotline calls each year.
  • Factsheets and Web pages: Numerous factsheets have recently been updated or targeted for updating. Sherry Davis has updated and revamped our Web pages to reflect accurate information and resources.
  • Kansas Airlines: This biyearly 8-page newsletter that has a mailing list of over 8000 and provides multimedia technical information will likely be revamped to a limited electronic format in 2005. If you now receive the newsletter, look for an opportunity to continue receiving it by responding to a notice. Those not responding will likely be dropped from the mailing list.
  • Kansas Dry Cleaner Project: For the fifth year in a row these multimedia compliance assistance calendars were mailed to about 300 dry cleaners in Kansas. Updates to three other dry cleaning publications are in process at this time. These updated publications will be posted to the site. KDHE BAR has recently begun inspections of perc dry cleaners for compliance with the MACT standard. As a result, SBEAP staff is getting several calls for technical assistance.
  • Electronic Compliance Tip of the Month: This tip of the month goes out to several different industry groups, many as part of professional organizations. Over 500 individuals are currently receiving the tip either directly or via newsletters that it is published in. Tips cover everything from compliance deadlines, to interpretations of new regulations, to notification of workshops or other assistance opportunities. All tips are posted at our Web site and clients may sign up for the tips at this site as well.
  • Auto Dealership and Repair Workshops and Regulatory Guidance: Three half-day workshops were held around the state in March. The workshops were multimedia compliance and P2 focused. The Auto Dealers Association helped sponsor this second year of Workshops that were attended by about 50.
  • Water Quality Tool: This Web-based water quality protection tool is in its final stages of development now, but should be online by June 2004. Its purpose will be to help Kansas citizens to determine the best means by which to protect water and handle wastes associated wit their businesses.
  • KIOGA Outreach: This new project will provide an air permitting assistance program to the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association. KDHE has recently discovered many of these compressed natural gas facilities may need permits. KDHE and SBEAP will work to assist clients with permitting requirements within a one-year amnesty period. A presentation at a KIOGA meeting is planned, as well as three workshops around the state this summer.
  • SBEAP will work with the regional partners to support and promote the Region 7 EMS workshops that begin in June 2004.
  • SBEAP staff is working with the national SBAP workgroup to redefine how national SBAP program data is collected and reported.
  • SBEAP staff in the Kansas City area are working on a regular basis with the air quality-working group of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).

Through our work with other grants from EPA and related agencies, PPI activities include:

  • Outreach partnership effort with the Kansas Small Business Development Centers. Eight half-day compliance and p2 workshops are planned for this summer and fall around the state.
  • Pollution prevention regulatory integration is a project that PPI did for KDHE a few years back, and PPI staff is now working to bring this training to EPA region 7 staff.
  • The best of the best P2 case studies is a project that works with Kansas businesses making great strides in P2. This document will feature about four Kansas P2 case studies.
  • Kansas healthcare for a healthy environment initiative is working with P2RIC and KDHE to continue the Kansas and Region 7 H2E effort. Outreach via site visits, exhibits at hospital association meetings and a workshop are planned under the P2RIC project. KDHE has offered to host a recognition program and educational tract for region 7 hospitals at their annual KDHE environmental conference, which will be held in Overland Park September 1, 2, 2004.
  • Kansas is also working on compliance and pollution prevention checklists for both the healthcare industry and colleges and universities.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Jeff Fiagle

Pollution Prevention Service

  • The first Iowa Strategic Goals Program workshop was held on May 12.  This workshop served as a launch for the program.  As of September 30, four businesses have submitted Statements of Commitment to the program.
  • The Pollution Prevention Services received the 2004 Governor’s Golden Dome Team Award.  Ten team awards are presented annually.
  • Pollution Prevention Services website went live in May.  The URL is  The website will continue to be updated as information becomes available.
  • Pollution Prevention Services “rolodex/contact file/measures” database is currently under construction.  Construction will be completed this fall.
  • Projected reductions resulting from Pollution Prevention Services’ assessments (January 1 – September 30, 2004):

  • Category


    Economic Savings

    Solid Waste reductions:

    94 tons

    Hazardous waste reductions:

    826.3 tons

    Energy conserved:

    2,384,478 kWh

    169,134 MMBtu

    Economic Savings Total:

    $ 613,700

  • Pollution Prevention Intern Program

    • University of Iowa College of Engineering and IDNR will again partner in a 3 credit technical elective course offered spring semester 2005, entitled Sustainable Systems.  This interdisciplinary course will be offered to upper level undergraduate chemical, mechanical, civil, environmental, electrical, and industrial engineering students, as well as urban planning majors.
    • Two additional interns conducted an audit of all 2001 – 2003 intern projects, with the assistance of an EPA Education Grant.  The purpose of this grant was to document further implemented reductions/savings since the intern was on-site as well as market future services.  During the visits, the interns worked with previous IDNR advisers to answer three main questions: 1. Which recommended projects were being implemented? 2. What environmental reductions and cost savings were being generated by those projects? 3. Why were some projects not being implemented?
    • Several important trends emerged that will help shape the goals and structure of the Pollution Prevention Intern Program’s future.  Among these trends, the following observations were noted.  On average, most companies had implemented approximately 50-60% of their recommended projects (by number), and at least another 10% are slated for completion within the coming years.
    • In total, the implemented intern projects are generating $13,115,987 million in cumulative cost savings due to environmental reductions of 39,000 tons of solid waste, 395 million gallons of water, 293,000 gallons of hazardous waste, and 11 million kWh of energy.  Of the 47 site visits conducted, 30 facilities requested additional assistance from Pollution Prevention Services, an intern in 2005 or both.
    • Iowa State University is offering student research assistance in tandem with the Pollution Prevention Intern Program. Six ISU Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department chairs form an environmental committee that conduct research in many areas from water quality issues, wastewater engineering, sludge disposal, hazardous and solid waste management, to recovery of useful products from waste streams.  They are looking for research projects for graduate and undergraduate students.
    • This group has proposed working with the Pollution Prevention Intern Program and our industrial clients on some of the P2 projects that may require more in-depth study.  These projects could include testing of different technologies or ideas, solving a particular environmental-related problem, or conducting bench-scale and pilot-scale studies beyond what our program or interns can provide.  Testing and analysis of samples can be conducted at an ISU lab or at an industrial client’s facilities.  Pollution Prevention Interns could implement the projects the following summer.
    • Staff and an intern from Hamilton County, Ohio participated in this year’s Pollution Prevention Intern Training.

    Implemented results of the twenty-three 2004 intern projects:



    Economic Savings

    Special and Solid Wastes diverted:

    10,343 tons


    Water conserved:

    19,348,375 gallons


    Energy conserved:

    8,520,306 kWh


    Hazardous Waste reduced:


    Air Emissions reduced:

    3,002,000 cfm


    Inventory/Production modifications


    Economic Savings Total:


    Average savings per company: $94,067

    Another 9 million in potential savings has been recommended to these companies.

    Iowa Waste Reduction Center

    Small Business Pollution Prevention Center

    Sue Schauls

    Small Business Pollution Prevention Center (SBPPC)

    Painting and Coating Enhancement (PACE)

    • Spray Techniques Analysis and Research (STAR) program is just starting an outreach effort in KC metro as part of the AirQ program for KC VOC Reduction. I hope to bring DfE to the team.
    • Process training will focus on KC area businesses and continue to hold session at the PACE facility in Cedar Falls thru June 30, 2006.

    Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program (IAEAP)

    · Working on is 2004 Emission Inventory Questionnaire (EIQ). Businesses in the eastern part of the state were required to complete EIQs. Next year it will be businesses in the central part.

    · 250 businesses have contacted us for visits regarding DNR’s new indoor emission policy and we are still doing permit applications including site visits.

    New Environmental Technology for Small Business (NETSB)

    New technologies with significant environmental benefits are plentiful, and new ones are emerging on a regular basis.  Though many of these technologies have demonstrated environmental and economic benefits, they have not been widely adopted, particularly by small business.  The NETSB initiative strives to increase the use of new environmental technology by small businesses resulting in measurable environmental and economic benefits. NETSB is starting next month on October 1, 2004.  An advisory committee is currently being formed and new environmental technologies are being collected.

    Iowa Waste Exchange

    During fiscal year 2004, the IWE program through 480 matches diverted 77,568 tons of material from disposal.  The IWE program had 2,441 business assists (includes on-site and in-house). At this point in fiscal year 2005 IWE specialists have diverted 24,762 tons through 69 matches.  The IWE program has had 362 business assists.

    Small Business Compliance Alliance

    • Over the next six months we will be updating the Blueprint for Environmental Technical Assistance (BETA) manual and the SBCA website.
    • New Jersey will be added as a partner and go through BETA training.

    · We are trying to coordinate workshops with Iowa SBDC.

    Spray Techniques Analysis and Research for Defense (STAR4D)

    Busy, busy busy. Region 7 bases interested should get onboard ASAP.

    Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center

    Anne Brown

    No Recent Updates.

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment

    Cathy Colglazier

    Annual Environment Conference – The annual Kansas Environment Conference was held August 31 – September 2, 2004. We had another successful conference with approximately 400 individuals registered. Session topics included environmental compliance issues, remediation projects, pollution prevention case studies, healthcare p2, and many more.

    This year’s conference included a special healthcare track on September 2. The Hospitals for a Healthy Environment partners in Region 7 were recognized on Thursday morning and were presented with a framed certificate from EPA Region 7. Eight of the twenty-nine partners were able to attend the conference to accept the certificate.

    The 2005 Kansas Environment Conference will be held August 23 – 25, 2005 in Wichita.

    Pollution Prevention Awards – Two P2 awards were presented at the conference. The award winners were UBF Foodsolutions in Wichita and Fort Riley.

    Kansas Environmental News – Continue to publish the quarterly newsletter that is mailed to approximately 2,300 individuals.

    Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center

    Rick Yoder

    P2RIC Update

    1. Digivid – Video Digitization Project -Goal – Create web-accessible copies of training videos, now in analog format. Seconndary goals include enhancing the P2Rx Topic Hub collections. Video library on-line – available as either internet viewing and/or downloadable clips for powerpoint.
    2. H2E -Working jointly with Marcy Y. @ TetraTech, & with Nancy Larson @ PPI, P2RIC is using PBT funding to deliver training and perform Hg reduction assessments in leading hospitals in the region, hoping to kickstart an interest among peer institutions. Good response from western Nebraska. Great success in KS & Nebraska. Movement in Iowa. For the clinic portion of our efforts, we are working on the Red Cross blood donation centers.
    3. News –
      P2RIC is leading the P2Rx effort to improve news item discovery and distribution through collaborative efforts by the centers and environmental service provider programs.
      Take Away: For programs that have news/press releases they would like promoted beyond their usual agency distribution, this is a good time to check this out.
    4. Calendars –
      P2RIC has updated the calendar functions on the site. We’ve added some subject filters, e.g., state name, funding, meetings. Check it out and send us ( let us know where to monitor your calendar information.
    5. Environmental Health Wellness Newsletter –
      P2RIC believes that the P2 efforts have much to learn from the “wellness” programs – which work to change behavior through the workplace. P2RIC is trying to insert P2 content into existing wellness programs – this time by requesting EPA environmental education funds. It represents an opportunity to broaden awareness for P2 at the institutional and personal level. Look at the list of participating organizations in Iowa and Nebraska as an indicator of potential reach: and
    6. Topic HubsProject Lead – RickGoals – to provide ready access to the best available P2 informationTake-away: Reviewers needed: – CAFO, Marketing for P2/CA Programs, Medical Clinics, Renewable Energy for Agriculture, Clean Manufacturing, Ethanol Plants
    UNL, Biological Systems Engineering

    Stacey Hawkey

    The Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Program completed its eighth summer and it was the biggest, busiest, and most successful to date. This summer there were 21 students from 7 different universities in Region VII participating in the program. The 7 females and 14 males represented 7 majors, including Civil, Industrial, Biological and Agricultural, Chemical, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Environmental Engineering. After the training portion of the program, students were released to be “at work” during the first week of June. Interns assisted 41 small business and larger industries with
    pollution prevention projects, including almost half in the agricultural sector. The Agricultural Stewardship Focus Team, a new technical assistance model implemented this year, assisted 15 livestock producers with conducting whole farm nutrient balance assessments. This year the P3 through its summer interns offered to client businesses as part of the technical assistance pollution prevention suggestions that have the potential to divert over 4,000,000 pounds/year of solid waste from the landfill, reduce the generation of almost 420,000 pounds/year of hazardous waste, reduce water use by over 11 million
    gallons/year and energy use by over 144,000 MBTU/year, a significant increase over previous years. In addition, recommendations offered to client businesses have the potential to save them approximately $1,300,000/year.
    For additional information on the program, contact Stacey Hawkey, P3 Program Coordinator, 402-472-2838;

    Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute

    Nancy Larson

    Fall 2004 Program Activities Update

    Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable Meeting

    The Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) operates the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) under a contract with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
    Although the majority of our work is related to the SBEAP, PPI works on small projects through other grant funds mainly provided by EPA. PPI provides multimedia environmental compliance and
    pollution prevention technical assistance to Kansas small businesses. Our services are free and confidential. Since the spring 2004 update, PPI is working under a new SBEAP contract that includes the following deliverables:

    1. Technical assistance — through on-site and hotline work, we are working to increase our air quality outreach and service work through other complementary projects.
    2. KDHE environmental conference — Each year we assist with the planning and participate as exhibitors and presenters at this annual fall conference. The 2004 conference featured a Region 7 H2E partner recognition and educational track for the healthcare industry. This effort involved participation from all four states in the region and Region 7 EPA staff.
    3. KIOGA outreach project – KDHE has recently identified possible air quality permitting gaps within the natural gas compressor industry. PPI will work with KDHE and the trade organization, KIOGA (Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Assoc.), to identify industry technical assistance needs through an outreach and assistance campaign. PPI has already presented at two trade association conference this fall and plan to participate at two more in western Kansas before June of 2005. KDHE has offered an amnesty program to the industry as part of this initiative. Mike Stewart from our campus office is
      leading this project and a fact sheet that explains the outreach effortand amnesty details, and provides example emission calculations is located at
    4. KC nonattainment prevention project — Steve Travis, our KC area P2 specialist, is busy with several partners working on different committees and projects related to the KC nonattainment prevention projects. Through coordination with MARC, KDHE, and MDNR, Steve is planning two emission-reduction informational seminars. These seminars will complement the other workshops and trainings currently planned in the area. Consult our Web site ( and calendar for details.
    5. Kansas dry cleaner project — Our annual calendars will be updated and distributed to the regulated community and KDHE regulating staff and offices. Compliance assistance workshops are scheduled in February of 2005 at Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. These workshops will focus on compliance with the dry cleaner MACT standards, but DERA and hazardous waste regulations will also be covered.
    6. Presentations — Staff are working to present our basic service information and other specific compliance details (mainly related to air quality) to industry groups and trade associations. If you have suggestions or contacts, please let us know by writing to
    7. KDHE air quality videoconference — In 2003, KDHE partnered with PPI to host a video teleconference that was broadcast in four locations and attended by more than 100 participants. This event will be updated and repeated in early or mid 2005.
    8. New business packages — Staff are working with the Kansas small business ombudsman to develop introductory materials and work with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office to contact newly formed businesses about environmental obligations.
    9. We have changed our newsletters! In the past, Kansas AIRlines was produced as a hard copy and electronic publication and sent to more than 8000 businesses in Kansas. The publication focused on air emission issues and concerns, as well as other pertinent multimedia compliance and pollution prevention information. The publication has been redesigned to focus only on air quality issues, and a separate publication will serve the multimedia audience. A multimedia newsletter, Kansas EnviroLines, will be developed to serve the multimedia information needs of Kansas businesses. Both of these newsletters are distributed electronically, unless the client indicates he or she would like it in hard copy form. Sherry Davis is the lead specialist on this project, so contact her ( if you have story ideas or would like to receive one or both of the newsletters.
    10. Informational brochures (SBEAP handouts) — This is a simple outreach project targeted at our compliance partners within the state.
    11. Fact sheets (3 during FY ’05) — Staff is working to identify and update existing fact sheets and have two new industry-specific fact sheets in development for the rock crushing and asphalt industries.
    12. BOW — Watershed management assistance program — Staff are working with KDHE to redesign an existing water quality tool for use as an interactive assessment tool accessible on our Web page. In addition, PPI is working with different local agencies as a resource for problem water quality issues related to business waste waters, and will draft a new assessment tool or checklist for RV parks and campgrounds use that will be made interactive in 2006.

    Through our work with other grants from EPA and related agencies, PPI activities also include the following:

    • Through an outreach partnership effort with the Kansas Small Business Development Centers, we have completed two four-hour compliance and P2 workshops in September. This project has allowed PPI to strengthen our partnership and heighten our visibility with SBDCs across the state.
    • The pollution prevention regulatory integration project that PPI had planned to do for EPA R7 staff was substituted with a project that focuses on pollution prevention for the printing industry. Two workshops will be held for printers in the Kansas City area November 9 and 10. Consult our Web site at to register.
    • Three “best of the best” P2 case studies have been finalized and are on our Web site at under publications. This project featured two Kansas manufacturers (aerospace and boat) and one fleet maintenance facility, all of which had worked with PPI over the past several years to institute P2 opportunities by changing the process, material, or technology.
    • Kansas Healthcare for a Healthy Environment initiative is working with P2RIC and KDHE to continue the Kansas and Region 7 H2E effort. This effort will continue in 2005 through source-reduction funds. Contact Nancy Larson at for more information.
    • Kansas is also working on compliance and pollution prevention checklists for both the healthcare industry and colleges and universities. These checklists are near finalization and will be posted on our Web site in December 2005.
    • Rehab the Kansas Lab is a project funded under PPIS05 that strives to work with Kansas small colleges in identifying PBTs, making a plan to reduce or eliminate their use or storage, and utilizing the newly developed P2 and compliance checklist.
    Missouri Department of Natural Resources

    June Sullens

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