POLLUTION PREVENTION PROGRAM
The Pollution Prevention (P2) Program (formerly the SQG Program) is an award winning program that under Florida Statute 403 is required to conduct Small Quantity Generator (SQG) Assessments and Verification/Notification visits at each SQG site a minimum of once every five years. The program educates Lee County businesses in the management and/or reduction of their hazardous wastes. The goal of the program is to assist businesses with reducing, reusing, and recycling their hazardous waste economically, utilizing proven pollution prevention technology. The P2 Program strives to accomplish this through many avenues, such as:
Conducting onsite assessments.
Distributing newsletters and industry specific Best Management Practices (BMP) fact sheets.
Performing informational presentations at meetings of a variety of industrial organizations and educational out reach opportunities.
A Brief History Of How the Pollution Prevention Program Came To Be.
In 1976 congress enacted The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The act detailed federal laws a procedures for management and disposal of hazardous waste. In order to enforce the laws in RCRA the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established. The EPA then delegated enforcement authority to the individual states. Florida's adoption of RCRA established the organization we now know of The Florida Department Of Environmental Protection (DEP). The state then mandated through Florida Statue 403.7225 and 403.7234 that Local/County governments would Notify, Verify, and Assess generators of hazardous waste a minimum of once every 5 years. This established what was known as the Small Quantity Generators (SQG) Program. As the SQG program preformed its duties they found that many generators of hazardous waste were unaware of alternative ways to manage their waste. To fill this additional notification need the Pollution Prevention (P2) Program was formed. The P2 program provides the community with various methods for managing and disposing of their hazardous waste, which help to reduce disposal costs and reduce regulatory status.
Environmental Enforcement in Lee County
In 2007 Lee County Board Of County Commissioners approved a Hazardous Waste Ordinance (07-03). Allowing for local enforcement of hazardous waste regulations.
If you have witnessed an environmental crime, please call the anonymous tip line at 239-652-6128