National Pollution Prevention Roundtable's
2001 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention
Including the presentation of five MVP2
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) recently
announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Most Valuable
Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Awards. The MVP2
Awards honor the most innovative and successful pollution
prevention (P2) programs in the country.
The First Place MVP2 Award was awarded to the Sanitation District
of Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles Bureau of
Sanitation, and the National Pediculosis Association for
its Lindane Usage Reduction Project. Lindane is a
persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemical used in
prescription medication for head lice and scabies. A single treatment for
lice contains enough Lindane to pollute six million gallons of water
below the California water-quality standards. The program targeted
those parties who either treat or provide advice on the
treatment of lice and scabies: doctors, hospitals, pharmacies,
school nurses, day care centers, hospitals, and correctional
was the first major program to convince physicians to change
the medications they prescribe based on environmental
Lindane concentrations dropped 50% in the Long Beach and
Burbank outreach areas. A bill to ban the
medical uses of Lindane was passed in the California
legislature as a direct result of the Lindane Usage Reduction
The City of Seattle, Washington won the second place award for
their Pesticide Reduction Program. The program targeted
employees of greenhouses, specialty gardens, roadsides and
medians, and golf courses. Employees were asked
to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of their
jobs, which resulted in employee driven innovations to lower
pesticide use. The city achieved a 46% reduction in pesticide use in 2000 as
compared to the average for the previous five years.
The third place award winner is International Chemical Products,
Inc. of Huntsville, AL and the United States EPA Office
of Research and Development for developing a process to
reduce the volume of hazardous and toxic waste streams
produced from metal surface finishing operations. The process,
named Picklex, eliminates up to eleven steps in metal
finishing processes which each emit pollution.
Abbott Laboratories and the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and tied for fourth
Abbott Advanced Technology Group in the
Pharmaceutical Research and Development area developed a new,
state-of-the-art technology, which eliminated the use of
hazardous materials, such as acetonitrile and methanol, in the
purification of pharmaceuticals. This new technology,
named Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC), is now
available for use in the drug industry, and is used to
eliminate hazardous waste and employee exposure.
NYS DEC collected over 5,000 Automotive Mercury Switches
found under automobile hood and trunk lids and developed a
low-cost system for the recovery of mercury. A program to replace
the light mercury switches with non-mercury switches in on-the
road vehicles was implemented with the help of used-car
dealerships, automotive service establishments, government
fleets, and commercial fleets.
A distinguished panel of representatives from both the public
and private sectors judged the MVP2 Awards. The wide range of
panelists from various organizations included the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Canadian
Center for Pollution Prevention, National Chemical Safety
Board, Florida DEP, City of San Diego Environmental Services,
TDC Environmental, University of Michigan, New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection, Texas Natural Resource
Conservation Commission, Rohm and Haas Company, and the U.S.
were judged on a variety of characteristics, including
innovation, measurable results, transferability, level of
commitment from the parent organization, and the optimization
of available resources.
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