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Beyond Compliance
Pollution Prevention and EMS
Environmental Management Systems (EMS):
American National Standards Institute
Homepage for American National Standards Institute - provides links to all topics of interest to members/interested viewers.
http://www.ansi.org/

Community Based Environmental Protection: A Resource Book for Protecting Ecosystems and Communities
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Community-Based Environmental Protection (CBEP) initiative is designed to help people become effective partners in protecting the environment, including the ecosystems that support the physical and economic health of the places where they live and work.
http://www.epa.gov/NCEI/portfolio/protection.htm#cbep

Department of Homeland Security - Fact Sheet on Chemical Security
Prior to the formation of DHS, responsibility for the nation's critical infrastructure was scattered over a patchwork of various federal agencies. By creating the Department and its programs, aggressive measures have been taken to reduce the nation's vulnerability to acts of terrorism. The Department is working closely with state and local governments as well as private sector partners to develop and coordinate plans to protect our complex infrastructure systems.
http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/press_release_0671.shtm

EnviroSense - Common Sense Solutions to Environmental Problems
Provides a single repository for pollution prevention, compliance assurance, and enforcement information and data bases.
http://es.epa.gov/

EPA Sector Strategies Program Specialty- Batch Chemicals
The specialty batch chemicals manufacturing sector utilize Responsible Care ®, a voluntary program to help manage the sector's generation of air emissions, wastewater and hazardous waste, as well as health and safety impacts.
http://www.epa.gov/sectors/sbchemical/index.html

EPA Site on Environmental Management Systems (EMSs)
The EPA provides information on how to start an EMS, why you should start one, and the costs to your businesses if you do start an Emergency Management System.
http://www.epa.gov/ems/info/index.htm

EPA's Voluntary Partnership Programs (EMS-based)
Voluntary programs enable flexible, collaborative, market-driven solutions that can deliver measurable environmental results. This area of the EPA site provides information on our array of voluntary programs and describes the benefits of joining.
http://www.epa.gov/partners/

European Environment Agency: Corporate Environmental Reporting
This report is aimed at individual companies and organizations representing company stakeholders and policy makers, summarizes current trends, problems and developments in the areas of environmental performance indicators (EPIs), environmental reporting, environmental performance ranking.
http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/ESS09

Federal Action Needed to Address Security Challenges at Chemical Facilities
This document discusses why federal action is needed to address security challenges at chemical facilities in the United States.
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04482t.pdf

GEMI - Global Environmental Management Initiative
Homepage for Global Environmental Management Initiative - provides links to all topics of interest to members/interested viewers.
http://www.gemi.org/gemihome.aspx

Indiana Department of Environmental Management
This page provides a list of frequently updated items provided by the IDEM with regards to environmental issues in the state of Indiana.
http://www.in.gov/idem/files/small_bus_chap11.pdf

International Organization for Standardization
Homepage for International Organization for Standardization - provides links to all topics of interest to website viewers.
http://www.iso.org/iso/home.htm

Maine Department of Environmental Protection: What's New
Find links to the latest available information from the Maine DEP's division of air, land and water, and remediation and waste management. Also find a calendar, rulemaking, legislation, requests for proposals, new/changed items and more.
http://www.maine.gov/dep/whatsnew.htm

National Directory of EMS Technical Assistance Providers
The National Directory of EMS Technical Assistance Providers ("TAP Directory") allows companies and local governments, wanting to develop or improve their EMSs, to easily locate nonprofit technical assistance providers and EMS state and federal programs.
http://www.sectorstar.org/taps/

National Directory of EMS Technical Assistance Providers
The National Directory of EMS Technical Assistance Providers ("TAP Directory") allows companies and local governments, wanting to develop or improve their EMSs, to easily locate nonprofit technical assistance providers and EMS state and federal programs.
http://www.sectorstar.org/taps/

New York DEC: Understanding and Implementing an Environmental Management System
This site has been designed to help small and medium-sized businesses integrate environmental concerns into their everyday business decision making, to improve environmental compliance and to promote pollution prevention.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/936.html

OFEE Site on Environmental Management Systems (EMSs)
The Bush Administration is working to significantly increase the federal government's use of environmental management systems as a planning and implementation tool to help Federal agencies better carry out their mission and be better environmental stewards. EMSs will help to better equip agencies with the information, resources, strategy, and feedback they need to ensure they are continuously improving their performance and reducing their environmental impact.
http://www.ofee.gov/ems/ems.htm

Pennsylvania DEP: EMS in Pennsylvania
Guides to assist in Environment Management Systems.
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/pollprev/Iso14001/EMSGuides.htm

Performance Track Assistance Project (PTAP)
Through the PTAP, EPA is working with a number of small business trade associations and other stakeholders that want to help their members meet the criteria for the National Environmental Performance Track Program. The project addresses the four pillars of the Performance Track Program: Environmental Management Systems (EMSs), continuous improvement, community outreach, and sustained compliance.
http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/program/sm-bus.htm#ptap

PPRC: What's New in P2?
PPRC's monthly news bulletin "What's New in P2?" has been published for over seven years. News items are frequently added to this page, and old stories are removed from the page after several weeks, or the event has been held, respectively.
http://www.pprc.org/news/index.cfm

Site Security for Process Industries
Here are possible security assessments and guidelines chemical plants can carry out to better protect themselves in the event of a terrorist attack.
http://www.iitk.ac.in/che/jpg/papersb/full%20papers/B-126.doc

Summary of, "Improving Environmental Performance and Compliance - Elements of an Effective Environmental Management System"
This document is intended to assist EMS users make responsible decisions and take actions to achieve better environmental performance through maintaining compliance with environmental laws and moving beyond compliance.
http://www.epa.gov/region03/innovation/ems-guide.htm#anchor55263

U.S. EPA Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. This Web site provides information and resources related to EMS for businesses, associations, the public, and state and federal agencies.
http://www.epa.gov/ems/

U.S. EPA: Sectors Program
Sector-based programs are an established mechanism to help many companies or other regulated entities achieve high environmental standards using flexible, voluntary approaches. They promote widespread environmental stewardship and EMS use. They help expand regulatory flexibility from facility-specific pilots to sector-wide outcomes. They accurately define "customer" assistance needs. They build partnerships that embrace innovations from trade associations, states, and communities.
http://www.epa.gov/sectors/

United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
The ultimate goal of the Board's investigations is to determine the root causes of chemical accidents, which typically are deficiencies in safety management systems. CSB investigative staff include chemical and mechanical engineers, industrial safety experts, and other specialists drawn from the private and public sectors.
http://www.csb.gov/

Voluntary Initiatives Are Under Way at Chemical Facilities but the Extent of Security Preparedness Is Unknown
The purpose of this document is to look at chemical plant facilities in the U.S. and their lack of security with regards to being terrorist targets. Also provided are ideas of how to better prepare them by improving security measures should terrorists attack.
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03439.pdf

Washington Post: Chemical Plants Feared as Targets
Ever since 9/11 chemical plants have begun to prepare for the possible scenario of being terrorist targets themselves. See this article for more information on this topic.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A49430-2001Dec15¬Found=true

What's New in TCEQ Rules
Find out quickly when new rulemaking items have been added to the Rules Web pages by checking this page regularly. Items posted in the last three months are on this page.
http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/rules/whatsnew.html



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