United States
                        Environmental Protection
                         Solid Waste
                         and Emergency Response
          December 1997
                        Welcome to  the  Waste
                        Minimization  National  Plan
                               Across the nation, a long-term national effort is under way to reduce the
                               quantity and toxicity of the most persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic
                               (PBT) chemicals in the nation's hazardous waste. Minimizing waste can
                        reduce costs and regulatory burden, show environmental leadership, and improve
                        human health and the environment.

                          The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Waste
                        Minimization National Plan with a goal of helping companies reduce the amount of
                        PBT chemicals in waste 50 percent by the year 2005- You can support this effort by
                        implementing source reduction techniques, facilitating environmentally sound recy-
                        cling, and preventing the transfer of chemical releases from one medium to another
                        (such as from water to air).

                          To help you learn more about how your company or  facility can contribute to the
                        nation's waste minimization goal, EPA has prepared several informational and tech-
                        nical publications. Most of these brochures, guidebooks, periodicals, and other
                        documents are available at no charge. They also are available on the Internet at
 Reducing Tones m Our Rations Waste
Want to Learn More?
^ Waste Minimization National Plan:
   Reducing Toxics in Our Nation's Waste
   (EPA530-F-97-010) is a short, easy-
   to-read, introductory brochure. It
   provides an overview of the goals
   of the Waste Minimization
   National Plan, the chemical focus to
   reach these goals, and the resources
4 The following series of fact sheets
   highlights specific companies that
   have successfully reduced the pres-
   ence of PBT chemicals in waste.
   Each fact sheet briefly profiles the
   company, its environmental
   achievements, regulatory relief,
   implementation process, economic
   impact, and hurdles overcome.
    - Waste Minimization: Increased
      Profits and Productivity (Harris
      Corporation) (EPA530-F-97-020)
    - Waste Minimization: Reduction in
      Combustible Waste (FMC
      Corporation) (EPA530-F-97-021)
- Waste Minimization: Increased
 Profits and Productivity (PPG
 Industries) (EPA530-F-97-022)
- Waste Minimization: Reducing
 Releases of Chlorinated Solvents
 (Ford Motor Company) (EPA530-
- Waste Minimization: Relief From
 RCRA Large Quantity Generator
 Status (105th Airlift Wing, New
 York Air National Guard)
- Waste Minimization: Increased
 Profits and Productivity (Charles
 H. Lilly Company) (EPA530-F-
- Waste Minimization: Reducing
 Paint Waste Through Efficiency
 (General Motors Hamtramck
 Plant) (EPA530-F-97-026)
- Waste Minimization: Increased
 Profits and Productivity (HADCO
 Corporation) (EPA530-F-97-009)

Strategy Update: A Newsletter on
EPA's Hazardous Waste Minimization
and Combustion Activities (EPA530-
N-97-001) is a source for keeping
up with the latest changes and pri-
orities, significant milestones, and
opportunities for public involve-
ment associated with EPA's waste
minimization and combustion
Waste Minimization National Plan
Kit (EPA 530-F-97-028) includes the
first three items described in this fact
sheet in an attractive folder.
The Waste Minimization
Prioritization Tool, Beta Test Version
1.0 (EPA530-C-97-003) is a flexible
Windows-based software  program
that ranks chemicals according to
their persistence, bioaccumulation
potential, and human and ecological
toxicity. It allows you to rank specific
chemicals based on PBT and chemi-
cal  quantity.
Waste Minimization Prioritization
Tool [WMPT],  Beta Test Version 1.0:
User's Guide and System
Documentation (EPA530-R-97-019)
presents step-by-step guidance on
installing and using the WMPT 1.0
system to generate outputs that will
aid in decisions about setting waste
minimization priorities. This guide-
book explains how to maneuver
within the system, how to input
data, and how to  generate scores and
formatted outputs.
The Chemical-Waste Code Crosswalk
(EPA530-D-97-005) consists of a series
of tables, separated into wastewaters
and nonwastewaters. It identifies the
RCRA hazardous waste codes that
potentially contain PBT chemicals.
   The Prioritized Chemical List
   (EPA530-D-97-004) is a relative
   ranking of 879 chemicals with data
   on their persistence, bioaccumula-
   tion, and toxicity. Designed as a
   flexible screening tool to help identi-
   fy priorities for the National Plan,
   this document ranks chemicals by
   their human health risk potential and
   their ecological risk potential.
   * Waste Minimization for Selected
   Residuals  in the Petroleum Refining
   Industry (PB97-121-180) provides an
   industry overview with process
   descriptions and presents options for
   source reduction  practices for 29
   residuals of concern, including
   sludges, catalysts, and treating clays.
   Both source reduction and recycling
   techniques are described in this
 '!  *International Waste Minimization
   Approaches and Policies to Metal
   Plating (PB96-196-753) provides an
   industry overview, a description of
   metal plating processes, a characteri-
   zation of waste streams produced,
   suggestions for waste minimization
   and pollution prevention techniques,
   and tools for  evaluating pollution
   prevention opportunities.

For  Information or
 Call the RCRA Hotline at
800 424-9346 or TDD 800 553-7672.
In the Washington,  DC area call
703 412-9810 or TDD 703 412-3323.
 * To order  these two documents, please
call NTIS at 703 487-4650.