New Jersey DEP shows pollution prevention benefits
New Jersey’s industries are boosting economic output as they dramatically cut the amount of wastes they discharge to the environment, according to an analysis of pollution-prevention trends released by Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson.
New Jersey industries increased annual production by 25 percent while the amount of waste they generated, known as non-product output, declined by 45 percent, or 87 million pounds, according to the report entitled Industrial Pollution Prevention in New Jersey: A Trends Analysis on Materials Accounting Data 1994-2004.
Meanwhile, the overall amount of waste released into the environment decreased from 12.5 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds, or 80 percent, continuing the trend indicated in a DEP analysis released three years ago.
The report tracks the use, generation and release of hazardous substances at approximately 550 facilities, including petroleum refineries, chemical plants and major manufacturers.
New Jersey is one of only two states that require industries to provide a more detailed view of hazardous substances used in manufacturing than offered by federal Toxic Release Inventory reports.
The overall use of hazardous substances dropped 4 percent, or about 500 million pounds. The report, however, notes that greater reductions have been difficult because petroleum refiners and metal fabricators are limited in their ability to reduce the amount of hazardous substances shipped in their products, compared to other types of industries.
For a copy of the report, visit www.nj.gov/dep.