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?)
Over 40 PPA specialists in 22 communities 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.
Want to learn more? Read our brochure, We help businesses for free.
Establishing a program to address stormwater pollution
In 2007, the Legislature directed Ecology to establish the Local Source Control Partnership, 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. Currently, the partnership includes 18 local governments in the Puget Sound region, two on the Columbia River, and one on the Spokane River. Participating jurisdictions assign pollution prevention specialists to provide free, one-on-one technical assistance to small businesses. We offer these services under the title "Pollution Prevention Assistance."
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