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Notice for the Eighth Annual NYS Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention

Applications are now available for the New York State Eighth Annual Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention. The awards program was established to recognize pollution prevention efforts by NYS organizations. Applicants can compete in one of the three following categories: 1) facilities generating waste and pollution: small (100 or fewer employees), mid-size (more than 100 and fewer than 500 employees), or large (more than 500 employees) industrial, commercial or institutional facilities; federal, state and local governments; and educational institutions, 2) technical assistance providers: environmental, community and civic organizations; trade associations or other business/industry groups; federal, state and local governments, and educational institutions; and other public or private entities, and 3) continuous improvement: this category is for organizations that demonstrate a longer term commitment to pollution prevention and continue to develop and implement pollution prevention programs and achieve results. Nominations for awards will be made to Governor Pataki by the Department of Environmental Conservation based on recommendations from a selection committee.

Criteria to be considered for the applicants include: waste volume/toxicity reduction, overall environmental benefits, overall economic benefits, improvement in worker safety, innovations in technology, process or education program, level of management commitment, and transferability.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Presentation of the awards will be during Pollution Prevention Week in September 2001 at the new DEC Headquarters located at 625 Broadway in Albany. The winners will be notified a week prior to the presentation of the awards. The deadline indicated in the brochure to apply for the awards is May 1, 2001. However, because the brochures were received late, a two week extension until May 15, 2001 has been granted. The application package is still available through the DECís website: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2gov.html.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards should contact Mr. Carlos Montes at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 50 Wolf Rd., Room 298, Albany, NY 12233-8010, telephone (518) 457-0774, Fax (518) 457-2570, email: clmontes@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Notice for TAGM Recission

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has rescinded Technical Administrative Guidance Memorandum (TAGM) SW-98-11: Department Technical Assistance for Solid Waste Management Program Implementation (formerly DSHM-98-06).

This TAGM (effective March 26, 1998) was issued to identify a perceived potential for Department staff conflict of interest when required by law to provide technical assistance to local government and the private sector while at the same time Department staff are required to review submittals from these same entities for possible approval. Since Department staff formalize reviews in writing, provide technical assistance by staff not usually involved in the review of submittals, and because the Department provides most of its technical assistance through publications, brochures and a website, there is little potential for such conflicts. Therefore, this TAGM is unnecessary.