Pollution Prevention Act Leads to P2 Program

November 1990

The Pollution Prevention Act adopted on November 5, 1990, established the national policy objective that pollution should be prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible. Preventing pollution offers important economic benefits, as pollution never created avoids the need for expensive investments in waste management or cleanup.

How BNL Complies

BNL's broad mission is to produce excellent science in a safe, environmentally responsible manner with the cooperation, support, and appropriate involvement of our many communities. A strong Pollution Prevention (P2) Program is an essential element of successfully carrying out BNL's mission and an essential component of BNL's Environmental Management System. BNL's P2 Program reflects the National and Department of Energy pollution prevention goals and policies and represents an ongoing effort to make pollution prevention and waste minimization and integral part of the BNL operating philosophy.

The overall goal of BNL's P2 Program is to create a systems approach that integrates pollution prevention and waste minimization, resource conservation, recycling, and affirmative procurement into all planning and decision-making. The scope of the BNL Program includes:

  • Elimination or reduction of wastes, effluents and emissions at the source
  • Conservation of natural resources and reuse of materials
  • Recycling
  • Procurement of environmentally preferable products

BNL's P2 Program has received numerous awards including two Department of Energy (DOE) National Awards in 2001, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Quality Award in 2004, a White House Closing the Circle award in 2004, DOE Best in Class awards in 2006 and 2008, and most recently the EPA's 2008 Federal Electronic Challenge Silver Award. The P2 Program applies to all BNL employees, contractors, visitors, and guests.