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Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction


Background 

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In 2007, then-Governor Chris Gregoire and the Legislature recognized that the economic vitality and viability of the state’s small businesses is critical to the overall economy and is directly tied to healthy and diverse ecosystems that have their basis in clean water. They allocated $2.1 million to establish the Local Source Control Partnership, a small business technical assistance program aimed at pollution prevention and improvement of the state’s water quality. In January 2008, Ecology awarded 14 contracts to local government jurisdictions—13 in the Puget Sound region and one in eastern Washington. This funding enabled the jurisdictions to hire pollution prevention specialists in their communities to provide one-on-one technical assistance to small businesses to properly manage their business wastes. This expertise is free-of-charge to the business.

The Partnership uses a unique team approach, working with local jurisdictions to solve pollution problems locally through source control. This approach offers businesses help with sometimes complicated regulatory issues, while also protecting our state’s urban water quality.

Today, Local Source Control pollution prevention specialists work in 22 different jurisdictions, delivering on-site, no-charge technical assistance to small businesses that generate small quantities of dangerous wastes. They are looking at business practices and offering solutions and alternatives to the hazardous materials that are used, stored, and disposed of by each business. Since the program began, specialists have conducted nearly 20,000 site visits.

The Partnership is eager to share its resources and expertise to preserve water quality and enhance Washington business. If you are a small business owner or manager, please see LSC Contacts to reach pollution prevention specialists in your community.

Related Information

Protecting Our Urban Waters
Saving Puget Sound
Reducing Toxic Threats
Spokane River Basin