DEP ANALYSIS DEMONSTRATES BENEFITS OF POLLUTION PREVENTION
(07/14) TRENTON - New Jersey's industries are boosting economic
output as they dramatically cut the amount of wastes they discharge
to the environment, according to an analysis of pollution-prevention
trends released today by Department of Environmental Protection
Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson.
"Pollution prevention encourages the reduction or elimination
of industrial waste at the source through the use of better management
practices,'' Commissioner Jackson said. "This analysis provides
quantifiable evidence that pollution prevention protects the environment
and public health while fostering a productive industrial economy.''
New Jersey industries increased annual production by 25 percent
while the amount of waste they generated, known as non-product output,
declined by 45 percent, or 87 million pounds, according to the report
entitled Industrial Pollution Prevention in New Jersey: A Trends
Analysis on Materials Accounting Data 1994-2004.
Meanwhile, the overall amount of waste released into the environment
decreased from 12.5 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds, or 80
percent, continuing the trend indicated in a DEP analysis released
three years ago.
"From the public's perspective, these trends show that New
Jersey is clearly moving in the right direction," Commissioner
The report tracks the use, generation and release of hazardous
substances at approximately 550 facilities, including petroleum
refineries, chemical plants and major manufacturers.
New Jersey is one of only two states that require industries to
provide a more detailed view of hazardous substances used in manufacturing
than offered by federal Toxic Release Inventory reports.
DEP uses a "production index" to calculate whether waste
reductions are due to pollution-prevention measures or result from
variations in production, such as those caused by process shutdowns
or inefficient operations.
The overall use of hazardous substances dropped four percent, or
about 500 million pounds. The report, however, notes that greater
reductions have been difficult because petroleum refiners and metal
fabricators are limited in their ability to reduce the amount of
hazardous substances shipped in their products, compared to other
types of industries.
The analysis tracks three separate groups of chemicals of concern
- carcinogens, substances that persist in the environment, and Extraordinarily
Hazardous Substances. Tracking these substances individually allows
DEP to prioritize resources in its enforcement and permitting programs
and keeps the public informed about trends in the use of these chemicals.
For a copy of the report, go to: http://www.nj.gov/dep/opppc/reports.html#p2