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EPA Seeking Comment on Advancing Sustainable Products

09/20/10

Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) US Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Seeking Comment on Advancing Sustainable Products

EPA is interested in soliciting individual stakeholder input regarding the Agency's role in the ``green'' or sustainable products movement. The Agency will consider the information gathered from this notice and other sources as it works to define its role and develop a strategy that identifies how EPA can make a meaningful contribution to the development, manufacture, designation, and use of sustainable products.

More specifically, EPA would appreciate your individual views regarding the following types of questions:

  1. What do you see as the major policy and research challenges, opportunities, and trends impacting the development, manufacture, designation, and use of sustainable products?
  2. What do you see as EPA's overall role in addressing these challenges and opportunities?
  3. In particular, how do you see EPA's role in:

Assembling information and databases.
Identifying sustainability ``hotspots'' and setting product sustainability priorities.
Evaluating the multiple impacts of products across their entire life cycle.
Defining criteria for more sustainable products.
Generating eco-labels and/or standards.
Establishing the scientific foundation for these eco-labels and/or standards.
Verifying that products meet standards.
Stimulating the market.
Developing end-of-life management systems (reuse, recycling, etc.).
Measuring results, evaluating programs.

Section 13103(b) of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 requires the Administrator of EPA to facilitate the adoption of source reduction techniques by businesses and to identify opportunities to use Federal procurement to encourage source reduction.

Comments must be received on or before October 19, 2010.

To view the Federal Register notice click here.







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