Pollution Prevention Services
Until recently, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and most environmental
consultants focused on “end-of-pipe” control measures.  Essentially, this means that industry achieved
compliance by controlling and treating hazardous waste, air emissions, and effluent discharges after
these pollutants were generated.  However, the benefits of preventing pollution before it occurs, rather
than treating it after the fact, are far greater.  Pollution prevention (P2) means designing new processes
and facilities that minimize the production of pollutants and evaluating existing operations to identify
pollution prevention opportunities.  Effective pollution prevention efforts both decrease regulatory and
financial burdens and ensure more efficient and safe operations.

EMG has always maintained a proactive philosophy with regard to environmental engineering.  We
understand that the best way to reduce the costs and regulatory liability of hazardous wastes and other
pollutants is to eliminate them―not merely treat or dispose of them.  Although zero discharge is rarely
an achievable goal, our P2 solutions not only dramatically decrease the output of pollutants, but also
create a return on investment that can rarely be realized through “control technologies.”

We accomplish this by offering a full spectrum of pollution prevention services
that include identification of P2 opportunities, as well as, implementation of P2
strategies. Our services in the area of pollution prevention include:

  • Assessing existing facilities and processes
  • Reviewing new facilities and processes while in the planning stage
  • Quantifying and characterizing air, wastewater, and solid and hazardous waste
    stream data
  • Quantifying raw material and hazardous material usage data
  • Evaluating feasibility, as well as, potential environmental and cost benefits
  • Assessing energy usage
  • Waste minimization techniques
  • Material usage reduction
  • Process and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) changes
  • New technology/equipment modernization
  • Employee awareness and training
  • Inventory management upgrades
  • Input substitution
  • Reclaim, reuse, and recycle programs
  • Energy efficiency assessments
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