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Project Summary

Project Title
N.H. Green Yards ERP Initiative for Auto Recyclers: Phase II

Project Location
New Hampshire

N.H. Department of Environmental Services

Project Contact
Pamela H. Sprague, P.E.; N.H. Department of Environmental Services; 29 Hazen Drive; P.O. Box 95; Concord, NH 03302; Phone: (603) 271-2938; Fax: (603) 271-2456; Email: psprague@des.state.nh.us

Hazardous Waste / RCRA Component
This project is a cross-media project designed to help auto recyclers achieve compliance with the full range of environmental regulations applicable to their industry sector, including RCRA C hazardous waste generator and other requirements.

Other Federal Funds
No federal funds or federal partnerships currently exist for executing Phase II of the N.H. Green Yards Program. However, pending at this time is an application by the N.H. Green Yards Program for $33,400 from the N.H. Department of Environmental Services Watershed Assistance Grant Program using funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The requested funds are to cover certain publication and training costs that are not budgeted under this Innovations Grant application and, at this time, have no other funding source . A decision on the Section 319 grant application is expected during January 2004.

Note: Phase I of the N.H. Green Yards Program, which is currently ongoing, is supported in part by funds received from a 2002 Watershed Assistance Grant ($38,000 to cover printing and distribution costs of certain educational materials).

Regulatory Flexibility Requirements
Implementation of this project does not require any special regulatory flexibility.

Management Support
The Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Environmental Services endorses the project.

Pre-Proposal Summary

The scope of the proposed project is to finish developing and then implement Phase II of the N.H. Green Yards Program. The N.H. Green Yards Program is an Environmental Results Program (ERP) designed to improve environmental practices at motor vehicle salvage yards (MVSYs) in N.H. The N.H. Department of Environmental Services (DES) is implementing the program in two phases, as follows, with performance measurement activities spanning both phases:

An overarching principle of this project is to develop the performance measurement tools in a manner that builds the agency's capacity to use statistical tools, to sustain the N.H. Green Yards Program beyond the term of this grant and to expand the use of ERP to improve environmental practices in other industry sectors in N.H.

Target Group
The term "MVSY" is used to generally describe facilities that handle and dismantle end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) for parts reuse and scrap material recycling. The N.H. Green Yards Program targets MVSYs that dismantle or crush 12 or more ELVs yearly and/or keep 25 or more ELVs longer than 60 days. Approximately 200 such facilities have been identified in New Hampshire, the majority of which are "Mom & Pop" scale operations involving fewer than 2 employees, less than 5 acres of land, and an annual through-put of fewer than 500 ELVs.

Project Background and Description
The work performed at MVSYs has made motor vehicles the premier recycled consumer product in this country. While MVSYs deserve credit for their significant contributions toward conserving natural resources and reducing the demand for landfill space, experience demonstrates that poorly operated MVSYs also cause serious adverse environmental impacts. For example, MVSYs handle a number of fluids that can contaminate groundwater, surface water, and soils when improperly managed (e.g., fuel, motor oil, lubricants, anti-freeze, and solvents). MVSYs also handle a range of other hazardous substances, including mercury (found in light switches, ABS brake systems, HID head lamps, and navigational/entertainment system display screens); sodium azide (an air bag propellant); lead (found in wheel weights and lead acid batteries); chlorofluorocarbons and other air conditioning system refrigerants; sludge from oil/water separators; and other process wastes.

Based on a recent survey conducted by DES, vehicles are reportedly being dismantled out in the open, over bare ground at over 25 % of all MVSYs in N.H. This practice, and others reported by the survey, suggests serious environmental consequences. Due to a growing concern that many MVSYs may not be operating in full compliance with environmental regulations and the operators may be unaware of best management practices (BMPs) for pollution prevention, DES recently established the N.H. Green Yards Program. The program incorporates many ERP characteristics and is being implemented in two phases. (See Figure 1, next page).

Phase I, launched in February 2003, is scheduled to be completed during the 3 rd quarter of 2004. During Phase I, DES is providing education and compliance assistance to MVSY operators to introduce them to regulatory concerns and processes, and prepare them for Phase II. The assistance is being delivered in the form of BMP guide sheets and training videos, regional information meetings and workshops, and non-regulatory, confidential on-site technical assistance by the DES Pollution Prevention Program. Also during Phase I, DES will adopt rules for mandatory compliance certification, to serve as the basis for implementing Phase II.

In Phase II, MVSY operators will audit their facilities for compliance with state and federal environmental requirements, and either submit compliance certification or a "return-to-compliance" plan, as applicable. To assist operators with this process, DES will provide a workbook and compliance checklist, and also will offer training workshops at various locations across the state. Some of these tools are already partially developed.

During both Phase I and Phase II, DES will track a number of environmental business practice indicators (EBPIs) to measure performance and assess the relative degree of influence the Phase I and Phase II interventions have on improving environmental practices at MVSYs. Although the tools for measuring performance are largely undeveloped at this time, raw baseline data is available from a questionnaire DES distributed to MVSY operators in August 2002 before launching Phase I. Over 90% of the operators responded to the questionnaire, providing broad information about facility size; vehicle storage, dismantling and crushing practices; fluid management methods; parts and scrap management practices; storm water management practices; the status of certain local, state, and federal permits, etc. This information is currently compiled in an Oracle database, to be verified and used in later stages of this project. See also Figure 1, below.

Stakeholder Involvement
DES developed and is implementing the N.H. Green Yards Program in consultation with a stakeholder advisory group comprised of industry representatives, local government representatives, and a broad cross section of state government interests.

Project Schedule and Time Frame
Phase II is scheduled to begin during the 3 rd quarter of 2004, and will require 24 to 36 months to complete.

Program Criteria

Target Priority Environmental Areas: The goal of the N.H. Green Yards Program is to improve environmental practices at MVSYs within an integrated (cross-media) framework. Thus, the proposed project directly addresses each of the priority environmental issues identified in the EPA Innovation Strategy, as follows:

Likely Improvement in Results from Project Implementation:

Measuring Improvement and Accountability:

Transferring Innovation:

[Budgetary information withheld by U.S. EPA]

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