Pollution prevention assistance

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We partner with local city and county organizations that provide pollution prevention assistance (PPA) to businesses and organizations in their community. Our partners work specifically with businesses that qualify as small quantity generators (SQGs). (What are SQGs?)

PPA specialists offer free, hands-on assistance to help businesses find and resolve potential pollution issues. By working with your local PPA specialist, you can stay on top of regulatory changes, protect employee health, and stop polluted runoff at its source.

Specialists (formerly called Local Source Control Specialists) can help you reduce pollution by:

  • Reviewing your spill prevention practices.
  • Providing best management practices for stormwater protection.
  • Explaining the hazardous waste regulations that apply to your business.
  • Locating recycling or disposal resources for hazardous waste.

Contact a knowledgeable specialist in your local area


How did the program begin?

In 2007, the Legislature directed us to establish the Local Source Control Partnership (now called Pollution Prevention Assistance), a small business technical assistance program designed to prevent pollution and improve the state’s water quality. 

Each biennium, we enter into interagency agreements with local governments near critical waterways, such as the Puget Sound, Columbia River, Spokane River, and others. Participating jurisdictions then assign PPA specialists to assist small businesses in reducing pollution.

Read our biennium reports to see which jurisdictions participated, the types of businesses served, and the overall successes of the program: