2005 Spring

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Jeff Fiagle

Pollution Prevention Services

§         The Iowa Strategic Goals Program is planning a RCRA Compliance Workshop on May 19 at Rockwell Collins – Cedar Rapids.  Kevin Snowden, EPA Region 7 will be the featured speaker.

§         Projected reductions resulting from Pollution Prevention Services’ assessments and on-site assistance (January 1 – December 31, 2004):



Economic Savings

Solid Waste reductions:

96 tons

Hazardous waste reductions:

826.3 tons

Energy conserved:

4,918,196 kWh

208,566  MMBtu

Economic Savings Total:

$ 824,229

Pollution Prevention Intern Program

The second Sustainable Systems Class, partnership with the University of Iowa College of Engineering and IDNR began January 19.  This is an interdisciplinary course offered to upper level undergraduate chemical, mechanical, civil, environmental, electrical, and industrial engineering students, as well as urban planning majors.  Featured speakers include: Forrest Meggers, 2004 Intern; Mike Valde, University of Iowa; Vicki Fisher, Rockwell Collins; Jim Patchett, Conservation Design Forum, Monica Stone, Jan Loyson, Jeff Fiagle and Carol Frank, Iowa Department of Natural Resource.

The 2005 Pollution Prevention Intern Program will begin with training the week of May 23, with their first day on the job being May 31.  Twenty-four projects have been selected which include:

  • ADM, Clinton
  • Ag Bio Power
  • Alcoa
  • Bertch Cabinet
  • Des Moines Metro Wastewater Facility
  • Dial Corporation
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Fansteel Wellman Dynamics
  • Federal Mogul Corporation
  • GE Consumer & Industrial
  • Gelita
  • Harper Brush Works
  • Metzeler
  • Monsanto
  • Omega Cabinetry
  • Pella Corporation – Carroll
  • Romech
  • Rousselot
  • Terra Nitrogen
  • Textron Fastening
  • The Dexter Company
  • Titan Tire Corporation
  • Tones Brothers
  • VT Industries

Internships will end August 12.

Staff and two interns from Hamilton County, Ohio will again participate in this year’s Pollution Prevention Intern Training.  EPA OPPT headquarters staff may also be participating in this year’s Intern Program training as well.

Jan Loyson will be a presenter at the 2005 Environmental Summit.  The session at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2005 is entitled “Partnering to Provide Effective Technical Assistance Across Levels.”  Jan will also be a featured luncheon speaker at the 2005 Midwest Regional Environmental Conference on April 26.

Implemented results of the 2004 Pollution Prevention Intern Program were presented in the Fall Roundtable Report.

Iowa Waste Reduction Center
Small Business Pollution Prevention Center

Sue Schauls

Iowa Waste Reduction Center activity summary

Small Business Pollution Prevention Center (SBPPC) – Sue Schauls, Program Manager

1)       MOPP The new Mobile Outreach for Pollution Prevention! It’s a beauty and looking for partners.

2)       Facilitated EMS Implementation final class in Kansas City, Missouri is March 10, 2005. This basically ends the IWRC EMS Service Center- IWRC EMS assistance will transition to our On-site Review program by offering EMS implementation assistance to Iowa businesses. Future out-of-state work will be on a cost reimbursement basis.

3)       Ozone Parts Washer Study The results of a recent research project on using ozone impregnation for a zero-waste parts washing option is available at http://www.iwrc.org/programs/ozoneWasher.cfm.

4)       Regulatory summaries and vendor information for P2 equipment available on IWRC website at http://www.iwrc.org/tools/tools.cfm. IWRC publications are available for download at www.iwrc.org.

Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program (IAEAP) – Dan Nickey, Program Manager

5)       IAEAP continues to conduct the Emission Inventory Questionnaire (EIQ) as well as developing construction permits for Iowa small businesses.

STAR4Defense – Rick Klein, Research Technician

6)       Training sessions are scheduled through August. STAR4D has a couple of spots open for individual painter that want to training with Sherwin Williams water reducible CARC

Painting and Coating Compliance Enhancement (PACE) – Sue Schauls, Program Manager

7)       Process Training classes have ended. STAR program continues to develop and enhance STAR schools. Most recent developments include an autobody STAR training center taking shape in the Kansas City metro area. Also, PPRC’s Ken Grimm will begin using a STAR/Process training hybrid as part of their on-site technical assistance to Region 10 painters and coaters.

New Environmental Technologies for Small Business (NETSB) – Chris Horan, Program Manager

8)       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 Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) with the New Environmental Technologies for Small Business (NETSB) initiative is striving to increase the use of new environmental technology by small businesses resulting in measurable environmental and economic benefits.

The barriers for small business include, but are not limited to, lack of knowledge of the environmental technology, cost of acquisition, cost of initial operation, and time to implement the new technology.  Measures to assist small businesses to overcome these obstacles are necessary because small businesses comprise a majority of businesses within the manufacturing and service sectors.  New environmental technology that increases the productivity of a process can have significant economic and environmental benefits.  In today’s rapidly changing business environment, it is essential small businesses have a flexible and accessible mechanism to use the latest information and environmental technology.

An important element of the NETSB program will be to utilize the expertise of other organizations and partners available to maximize exposure and to leverage resources in obtaining new environmental technology information.  If you have a new technology that would be beneficial to small businesses, please give Chris Horan (horan@uni.edu)) a call at 319-273-8905.

Sue Schauls

Program Manager

Iowa Waste Reduction Center

1005 Technology Parkway

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613


Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center
Anne Brown

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) continues to actively teach and implement Process Improvement and Lean Manufacturing with our small manufacturer clients.  The formal definition of Lean Manufacturing is "a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste (non-value-added activities) through continuous improvement by flowing the product at the pull of the customer in pursuit of perfection."
The aim of Lean Manufacturing is thus the elimination of waste in every area of production including customer relations, product design, supplier networks, and factory management. Its goal is to incorporate less human effort, less inventory, less time to develop products, and less space to become highly responsive to customer demand while producing top quality products in the most efficient and economical manner possible.  Essentially, a "waste" is anything that the customer is not willing to pay for.
While Lean Manufacturing/Process Improvement obviously addresses broader issues than Pollution Prevention (or Materials Utilization), the basic precepts of P2 are clearly embedded in the structure of Lean.
Contact:  Anne Brown 620-276-9505  or  annebrown7@earthlink.net

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Cathy Colglazier

The 2005 Kansas Environment Conference will be held August 23 - 25, 2005 at
the Hyatt Regency/Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas.
Information on the conference will be available at
http://www.kdhe.state.ks.us/sbcs/environment_conf.html as the conference is developed.
The 2005 Pollution Prevention Award application is now available at
Deadline for application is June 24, 2005.  The application has been modified (thanks Missouri for letting us use a lot of your ideas!).

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Environmental Assistance Office

June Sullens

Toxics Release Inventory Database and Report

The 2002 State of Missouri Toxics Release Inventory summary report was completed in December 2004.  It is posted on the department’s web site at: http://www.dnr.mo.gov/oac/mo02tri.pdf.  The Environmental Assistance Office is reviewing the 2003 TRI database, in preparation for the 2003 summary report.

Measurements Workgroup

Gene Nickel is the department’s representative on the National Pollution Prevention Measurements Task Force.  The work group met in Dallas, TX, on December 14-15, 2004, to work on finalizing the data definitions for a rollout of the program at the National Environmental Assistance Summit in April 2005.  Mr. Nickel is also Missouri’s representative on the regional workgroup working with the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC) to develop P2 and compliance measures on a regional basis.

Facilitated Environmental Management System (EMS) Training

The final session of the Facilitated EMS for Business training is March 10, 2005, at the Discovery Center in Kansas City, MO.  The EMS for St. Joe State Park is nearly complete, and the Missouri Mines State Historic Site will soon be submitting their draft EMS for review.  EAO will use the experiences of the two training approaches to offer additional facilitated EMS training to Missouri businesses and organizations.  In April 2005, EAO is offering four introductory EMS training sessions in different locations in the state, with the intent of encouraging attendees to participate in a facilitated EMS training session to help develop their EMS.

P2/Compliance Assessments

EAO is continuing to do on-site pollution prevention/compliance assistance assessments.  EAO is partnering with the department’s Missouri Energy Center to include energy audits in the assessment and energy savings recommendations in the assessment reports.

Waste Minimization Outreach Initiative

In January, Gene Nickel and David Goggins did a P2 assessment at the 139th Airlift Wing, Rosencrans AFB in St. Joseph, MO.  This assessment occurred because the facility joined the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP), formerly the National Waste Minimization Partnership Program, and accepted EAO’s offer to conduct an assessment.  On February 18, 2005, EPA Region 7 recognized the 139th Airlift Wing as a NPEP Partner.   About five Missouri companies or organizations have expressed interest in the NPEP program.

Pesticide Applicator Training

EAO participated in pesticide training with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and University Extension to certify new and recertify commercial pesticide applicators in the state.  EAO’s presentation focuses on protecting water quality and managing pesticide wastes and containers correctly, with a strong source reduction message.

St. Louis Strategic Goals Program (SGP)

On October 6, 2004, Mr. Kevin Snowden, EPA, gave a presentation to the St. Louis SGP Oversight Committee on the common violations identified during hazardous waste inspections at metal finishing facilities.  The committee was very impressed with the presentation and felt it should be shared with a wider audience of metal finishers. The Oversight Committee and the St. Louis Branch of the AESF planned a three–hour Compliance Assistance Workshop:  Preparing for a RCRA Hazardous Waste Inspection for January 13, 2005, at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  The workshop was a great success, with over 90 participants.

Microscale Chemistry Courses

EAO is partnering with Dr. Byron Howell, South Central Regional Microscale Chemistry Center, Tyler, TX, to offer two workshops on microscale laboratory techniques to middle and high school science teachers.  This training is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 25 – 29, 2005, in the St. Louis area and in the Kansas City area.

Erosion Control Training

EAO is presenting erosion control training at various locations around the state.  This training helps contractors and developers, as well as local government representatives, understand the requirements of the Phase II stormwater regulations.

Poultry Litter Composting

David Goggins participated in the Elk River Demonstration Project’s Field Day showcasing the poultry litter burners in southwest Missouri.  He is also managing the poultry litter composting project grant with Neosho High School and the SW Agricultural Experiment Station.  Both of these projects are funded with 319 Clean Water Act non-point source funding.

Missouri Enterprise Training

EAO is partnering with Missouri Enterprise to enhance the services their field staff can provide their clients throughout the state.  EAO provided training to Missouri Enterprise field staff on November 30 and December 1, 2004, at their Kansas City office and on January 31 and February 1, 2005, at their Rolla office.  The first day of the training focused on pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and Brownfields.  The second day focused on compliance assistance in hazardous waste, air, water, Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and tanks.  Missouri Enterprise has been in contact with several companies and has started to compile and categorize a list of potential companies for assessments.  Now that the training is complete, Missouri Enterprise will complete the recruitment process and start the selection and assessment phases of the project.

LLCHD Pollution Prevention

Phil Rooney


No update at this time.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Assistance Division

Joe Francis


Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center
Rick Yoder

UNL, Biological Systems Engineering
Stacey Hawkey

Partners in Pollution Prevention
Summer Internship for Engineering/Science Students

This ninth summer of Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Program will place approximately 15 engineering/science students from universities in Region VII in various locations in Nebraska to offer pollution prevention technical assistance to both large industrial organizations and small businesses.  The details of the student population and the business client base are still being determined.  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.  The program will conclude on August 9.  The two new technical assistance models implemented last year, will be continued in 2005.  These two models are the Agricultural Emphasis Team and the Industrial Assistance (IA) Team.  The Ag Emphasis Team of two to four students will be working part of their summer with livestock producers across Nebraska on whole farm nutrient balance assessments. The second team of two to four interns, the 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.  They will focus especially on issues related to energy efficiency.

For additional information on the program, contact Stacey Hawkey, P3 Program Coordinator, 402-472-2838; shawkey2@unl.edu

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