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NYC Industrial Waterfront Project

Pollution Prevention, Toxics Reduction, and Resiliency Planning

This project involves helping local businesses to identify and implement cost-effective strategies aimed at pollution prevention, toxics reduction, and climate adaptation. The main goal is to transform the South Bronx community and industrial waterfront to be sustainable and climate resilient. DEC, in partnership with the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, will:

  • Create a Stakeholder Engagement Group to inform all aspects of the project
  • Assess existing conditions & potential climate change impacts on local businesses in the automotive repair and other sectors
  • Conduct 60 facility assessments at businesses in the South Bronx
  • Provide on-site technical assistance to 2 assessed businesses to implement pollution prevention strategies
  • Share best management practices to build resiliency for climate adaptation and pollution prevention at 2 community workshops

Pollution Prevention & Resiliency Planning

"Pollution prevention is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream."1 This project explores strategies to achieve pollution prevention, assess risks, and reduce vulnerability to potential climate change impacts.

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Additional Resources

To assist small manufacturing businesses, US EPA developed two guidance documents (link leaves DEC's website) focused on good housekeeping practices, environmentally preferable products, record keeping, storage, and spill preparedness; Best Management Practices to Mitigate Toxics and Implement a Greening Program for Small Manufacturing Businesses and Quick Tips Guide for Small Manufacturing Businesses on Reducing Toxic Releases Related to Storm Events. Proposed Recommendations for Promoting Community Resilience in Environmental Justice Industrial Waterfront Areas (PDF, 2 MB) a report prepared by the Community Resiliency in Environmental Justice Industrial Waterfront Communities Work Group for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, a federal advisory committee to the US EPA.

Project Partners

DEC's mission is to conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.

NY State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) (link leaves DEC's website) is a statewide research and technology transfer center providing a comprehensive and integrated program of research, technology development and diffusion, outreach, training and education aimed at making New York State more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment and the economy.

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) (link leaves DEC's website)is a non-profit citywide network linking grassroots groups from low-income communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice.

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