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The Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) was passed by Congress in 1990. The PPA establishes a national policy favoring source reduction and recycling over treatment and disposal of pollutants.

Facilities already required to report their releases of toxic chemicals under EPCRA have an additional requirement under  PPA to supply information about source reduction and recycling activities related to these chemical releases.

The remainder of the requirements established by PPA apply to Federal Government activities, and do not impose any additional regulatory obligations on the chemical industry. However, pollution prevention is an important program area in EPA and within state environmental agencies, and helps establish institutional relationships where the chemical industry and these regulatory agencies can work cooperatively for mutual benefit.


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