Fostering Industry-Initiated Environmental Protection Efforts

Report of the Committee on Industrial Competitiveness and Environmental Protection

Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology

Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources

and

Manufacturing Studies Board

Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems

National Research Council

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C.
1997



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--> Fostering Industry-Initiated Environmental Protection Efforts Report of the Committee on Industrial Competitiveness and Environmental Protection Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources and Manufacturing Studies Board Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems National Research Council NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS WASHINGTON, D.C. 1997

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--> COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION HENRY J. HATCH (Chair), Fluor Daniel Hanford, Inc., Richland, Washington FREDERICK R. ANDERSON, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Washington, D.C. PATRICK R. ATKINS, Aluminum Company of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania HOPE M. BABCOCK, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. SCOTT BERNSTEIN, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, Illinois RICHARD O. HOMMEL, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania FRANCES H. IRWIN, World Wildlife Federation, Washington, D.C. STEVEN D. JELLINEK, Jellinek, Schwartz & Connolly, Inc., Arlington, Virginia ROBERT A. LAUDISE, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey LESTER B. LAVE, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania MICHAEL J. LEAKE, Texas Instruments, Inc., Dallas, Texas EVE L. MENGER, Coming, Inc., Coming, New York WARREN R. MUIR, Hampshire Research Institute, Alexandria, Virginia ROBERT C. REPETTO, World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C. MICHAEL J. WRIGHT, United Steelworkers of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Staff LEE R. PAULSON, Project Director RAYMOND A. WASSEL, Program Director BONNIE A. SCARBOROUGH, Research Assistant KATHRINE IVERSON, Project Assistant ROBERT SCHAFRIK, Director, National Materials Advisory Board

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--> BOARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND TOXICOLOGY PAUL G. RISSER (Chair), Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon MAY R. BERENBAUM, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois EULA BINGHAM, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio PAUL BUSCH, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., White Plains, New York EDWIN H. CLARK II, Clean Sites, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia ELLIS COWLING, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina GEORGE P. DASTON, The Procter & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, Ohio PETER L. DEFUR, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia DAVID L. EATON, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington DIANA FRECKMAN, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado ROBERT A. FROSCH, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts DANIEL KREWSKI, Health & Welfare Canada, Ottawa, Ontario RAYMOND C. LOEHR, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas WARREN MUIR, Hampshire Research Institute, Alexandria, Virginia GORDON ORIANS, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington GEOFFREY PLACE, Hilton Head, South Carolina BURTON H. SINGER, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey MARGARET STRAND, Bayh, Connaughton and Malone, Washington, D.C. BAILUS WALKER, JR., Howard University, Washington, D.C. GERALD N. WOGAN, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts TERRY F. YOSIE, E. Bruce Harrison Co., Washington, D.C.

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--> Staff JAMES J. REISA, Director DAVID J. POLICANSKY, Associate Director and Program Director for Natural Resources and Applied Ecology CAROL A. MACZKA, Program Director for Toxicology and Risk Assessment LEE R. PAULSON, Program Director for Information Systems and Statistics RAYMOND A. WASSEL, Program Director for Environmental Sciences and Engineering

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--> NATIONAL MATERIALS ADVISORY BOARD ROBERT A. LAUDISE (Chair), Lucent Technologies Inc., Murray Hill, New Jersey REZA ABBASCHIAN, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida JAN D. ACHENBACH, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois MICHAEL I. BASKES, Sandia/Livermore National Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico I. MELVIN BERNSTEIN, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts JOHN V. BUSCH, IBIS Associates, Inc., Wellesley, Massachusetts HARRY E. COOK, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois EDWARD C. DOWLING, Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, Denver, Colorado ROBERT EAGAN, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico ANTHONY G. EVANS, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts CAROLYN HANSSON, University of Waterloo, Canada MICHAEL JAFFE, Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Summit, New Jersey LIONEL C. KIMERLING, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts RICHARD S. MULLER, Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center and University of California, Berkeley, California ELSA REICHMANIS, Lucent Technologies Inc., Murray Hill, New Jersey EDGAR A. STARKE, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia KATHLEEN C. TAYLOR, General Motors Corporation, Warren, Michigan JAMES WAGNER, The John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland JOSEPH WIRTH, Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park, California ROBERT SCHAFRIK, Board Director

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--> COMMISSION ON GEOSCIENCES, ENVIRONMENT, AND RESOURCES GEORGE M. HORNBERGER (Chair), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia PATRICK R. ATKINS, Aluminum Company of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania JAMES P. BRUCE, Canadian Climate Program Board, Ottawa, Ontario WILLIAM L. FISHER, University of Texas, Austin, Texas JERRY F. FRANKLIN, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington DEBRA KNOPMAN, Progressive Foundation, Washington, D.C. PERRY L. McCARTY, Stanford University, Stanford, California JUDITH E. McDOWELL, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts S. GEORGE PHILANDER, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey RAYMOND A. PRICE, Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario THOMAS C. SCHELLING, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland ELLEN SILBERGELD, University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland STEVEN M. STANLEY, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland VICTORIA J. TSCHINKEL, Landers and Parsons, Tallahassee, Florida Staff STEPHEN RATTIEN, Executive Director STEPHEN D. PARKER, Associate Executive Director MORGAN GOPNIK, Assistant Executive Director GREGORY SYMMES, Reports Officer JAMES MALLORY, Administrative Officer SANDI FITZPATRICK, Administrative Associate SUSAN SHERWIN, Project Assistant

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--> COMMISSION ON ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL SYSTEMS ALBERT R. C. WESTWOOD (Chair), Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico NAOMI F. COLLINS, Association of International Educators, Washington, D.C. NANCY R. CONNERY, Woolwich, Maine RICHARD A. CONWAY, Union Carbide Corporation, South Charleston, West Virginia SAMUEL C. FLORMAN, Kreisler Borg Florman Construction Company, Scarsdale, New York TREVOR O. JONES, Libbey-Owens-Ford Company, Cleveland, Ohio NANCY G. LEVESON, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington BRADFORD W. PARKINSON, Stanford University, Stanford, California ALTON D. SLAY, Slay Enterprises, Inc., Warrenton, Virginia JAMES J. SOLBERG, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana BARRY M. TROST, Stanford University, Stanford, California GEORGE L. TURIN, Berkeley, California WILLIAM C. WEBSTER, University of California, Berkeley, California DEBORAH A. WHITEHURST, Arizona Community Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona ROBERT V. WHITMAN, Lexington, Massachusetts

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--> Contents     Executive Summary   1 Chapter 1.   Introduction   7     Overview   8     Scope of the Report   12 Chapter 2.   Examples of Industry Environmental Programs   15     Evaluating Industry Environmental Programs   18     Next Steps   20 Chapter 3.   Promoting Industry-initiated Environmental Programs   21     EPA'S 33/50 Program   21     Next Steps   24     References   29 Appendix A:   Descriptions of Industry-initiated Environmental Programs   33     3M: Pollution Prevention Pays Program   33     Dow: Waste Reduction Always Pays   34     Lucent: Steamlined Life-Cycle Assessment   35     Ford: Manufacturing Environmental Leadership Program   36     Corning Incorporated: Materials Substitution and Process Modification   37     Jamestown Paint Company: Pollution Prevention Program   38     Cerdec Corporation/Drakenfeld Products: Reducing Pollution and Worker Exposure   39

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--> Appendix B:   Descriptions Of Programs To Promote Industry-Initiated Efforts   41     Environmental Management Standards   41     Environmental Product Certification (Labelling)   43     Industrial Consortia   45     Partnerships Between Industry and Other Organizations   47     Nonregulatory Federal Programs   50     Regulatory Federal Programs   57