Printech Archive, April, 1999: Re: A question for technical assistance providers

Re: A question for technical assistance providers

Robert Gifford (
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 14:31:48 -0500

A message from the Printech listserv forwarded to Printech-and-Printreg,
to catch a wider audience.

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Subject: Re: A question for technical assistance providers

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marcia Kinter []
> Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 1999 9:23 AM
> To:
> This message is specifically for all technical assistance providers on
> this listserv, though I would be interested in anyone's viewpoint.
> Several of us within the trade association community are discussing a
> new project -- specifically looking at obtaining recognition of
> emission
> reductions from area sources obtained via educational outreach
> programs. This would entail revisting the issue of the area source
> emissions inventory at the state level. We have heard that states may
> not be interested in pursuing a project of this sort because it would
> involve reopening the area source emissions inventory. Is this true?
> Are there any problems associated with this approach? We are really
> interested in working with the state technical assistance programs to
> help quantify the emission reductions obtained through outreach
> efforts.
> Thanks for your input.
> Marci Kinter
> SGIA International

The entire P2 metrics/accounting issue is a difficult one,
especially for area sources. Let me list just several of the problems
w've encountered:

*media transfer
*lack of baseline measurements, very common for area sources
*large variations (percentage wise) in emissions from
*determining emission reductions creditable to educational
(voluntary) measures v. compliance (mandatory) measures
*work practices/housekeeping/fugitives measurements
*sources' record keeping

I'm all for someone pursuing this topic. We've worked with some
smaller sources in which sigular actions (for example, switching from a
chlorinated solvent to an aqueous cleaner) allowed us to put solid
emission reduction values on our assistance project. In most cases,
however, we've ended up helping the business owner implement a package
of smaller activities that defy measurement, although we can claim that
each of those activities result in environmental benefits. We often
believe that we work more in the qualitative than than the quantitative
arena, and that is especially true the smaller the client.
Robert Gifford
Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center, and
Univ. of Wisconsin - Extension
Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon St., rm 531
Madison WI, 53703
Voice: 608-262-1083 Fax: 608-262-6250



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