Using the Internet to Find Regulatory and Pollution Prevention Information

March 1998

Reducing or eliminating hazardous substances is an important business decision. When you use hazardous chemicals in your processes, you are not just making a one-time purchase of the material, you are also paying for:

  • Proper storage and disposal
  • Permits
  • Protecting worker health
  • submitting required reports
  • training employees
  • These costs add up, and finding alternatives to these substances should be a priority. Alternatives are available and often out-perform old process equipment and chemicals.

    As an extended service of _____________________________________________, you will receive a series of fact sheets to help you learn how to investigate, select and use waste minimization opportunities for your industry. Most often, reducing or eliminating the use of hazradous substances can help your company:

  • Comply with environmental regulations and cut your paperwork burden;
  • Reduce costs by using fewer materials;
  • Cut waste transportation and disposal costs; and
  • Reduce long-term liability and insurance costs.
  • This fact sheet presents electronic information resources, which give business owners and managers easy access to information about regulations and pollution prevention technical assistance. Especially useful is the World Wide Web, an element of the Internet which allows quick access to information files from across the nation, right from your desktop.

    Each of the millions of web sites that are on the Internet has an "address," known as a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). You can bring a web site to your desktop simply by typing the URL into your web "browser," an easy software tool that will help you search the web. Below are helpful web sites with information on regulations and pollution prevention. The URLs are printed in boldface type.


    Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
    This web site provides access to many of the activities and programs of Alaska's environmental agency.

    Clearinghouse for Inventories and Emission Factors
    This site, maintained by EPA’s Emission Factor and Inventory group, provides access to the latest information and tools for estimating emissions of air pollutants and performing air emission inventories.

    Federal Register – Daily Table of Contents
    The Federal Register’s Daily Table of Contents is useful to keep current on proposed, amended and final federal regulations.

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    This web site provides access to many of the activities and programs of Oregon's environmental agency.

    Small Business Environmental Assistance
    The U.S. Small Business Assistance Program commissioned the development of this site, which provides information on state small business assistance programs, compliance assistance, industry sector assistance, EPA voluntary initiatives and programs, and pollution prevention resources. At http://www.smallbiz-enviroweb.org/compliance/regs/reg_search.asp you can retrieve regulatory updates for all of the “media” (air, water and hazardous waste) programs.

    Unified Air Toxics Website: EPA Rules & Implementation
    This web site has information on air toxics rules, rule development and implementation information.

    Washington Department of Ecology Air Quality Program
    This web site provides access to many of the activities and programs of Washington’s environmental agency.



    A small business can take advantage of pollution prevention opportunities to minimize potential environmental liabilities. One element of pollution prevention is reducing or eliminating the use of regulated hazardous materials, through process changes, substitution and other methods. Visit these sites to find alternative equipment and process materials to reduce or eliminate pollution.

    Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
    PPRC’s business assistance information is intended to help small businesses in the region learn how pollution prevention can help them cut costs, become more efficient and reduce compliance burdens. The materials on this site include fact sheets, industry-specific workbooks, interactive self-help tools, and contacts.

    EPA’s Facility Pollution Prevention Guide
    This edition of the guide is written for individuals responsible for implementing pollution prevention in their facilities. It is intended to help small- to medium-sized production facilities develop broad-based pollution prevention programs. It describes how to identify, assess and implement opportunities for preventing pollution and how to stimulate a continuing search for such opportunities. Companies that adopt this approach typically find that they reduce both their operating costs and their potential liabilities, in addition to helping to protect the environment.

    Joint Service Pollution Prevention Opportunity Handbook
    The Joint Service P2 Opportunity Handbook was designed to identify available “off-the-shelf “ pollution prevention technologies, management practices and process changes that will reduce the amount of hazardous waste and solid waste being generated.

    Coating Alternatives Guide (CAGE)
    This Web site is an expert system and information base for small- and medium-sized businesses with miscellaneous metal and plastic parts coating operations. The site is an interactive system to identify low-emitting coating technologies.

    Solvent Alternatives Guide (SAGE)
    SAGE is an interactive online tool that evaluates the user’s current operating scenario and identifies possible surface cleaning alternative solvent chemistries and processes best suited to the defined operating and material requirements.



    For Free, Non-Regulatory Assistance and Referrals, contact PPRC.

    Produced by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, 513 First Ave. West, Seattle, WA 98119
    phone: 206-352-2050, fax: 206-352-2049, e-mail: office@pprc.org, WWW address: http://www.pprc.org