Facility Planning Requirements

A new trend in state pollution prevention requirements is facility planning. These statutes require industrial facilities to submit pollution prevention plans and update them periodically. Most plans cover facilities obliged to report federal TRI data.

Many of the facility planning laws require industry to consider only pollution prevention options. Others are broader in scope but consider pollution prevention as the preferred approach when technically and economically practical. Facilities that are required to prepare plans must either prepare and submit progress reports or annual reports. Facilities failing to complete adequate plans or submit progress reports may be subject to enforcement actions or negative local publicity.

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