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The Environmental Results Program (ERP) [PDF] is an innovative approach to improving environmental performance based on a system of interlocking tools of compliance assistance, self-certification, and statistically-based measurement to gauge the performance of an entire business sector. The program utilizes a multimedia approach to encourage business to achieve environmental compliance and pollution prevention. IDEM is using the ERP approach to assist the Auto Salvage sector in understanding and complying with applicable regulations and going beyond compliance to prevent pollution and enhance protection of public health and the environment.
Indiana’s Auto Salvage sector ERP Project will address U.S. EPA’s strategic goals by:
IDEM will implement the ERP project with the following activities:
IDEM has identified and met with external stakeholders, including auto salvage recyclers and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), to explain, coordinate, collaborate, and plan for project implementation. In addition to those meetings, IDEM has conducted baseline inspections of randomly selected facilities using a database provided by the BMV. This phase was completed in the fall of 2007.
Initial findings indicate that the top environmental compliance issues are:
Environmental Business Indicators include:
The next phase of the project includes outreach efforts, self-certifications, and compliance assistance, including a workbook, an instructional DVD, a web site, workshops, confidential phone assistance, and confidential on-site compliance assistance. IDEM will encourage the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs), and other effective business methods to reduce pollution and achieve improved compliance through incentives offered by the Indiana Clean Yard Program. This phase will last approximately two years, expecting completion in the summer of 2009.
IDEM will complete this phase in the third quarter of 2009. After facilities have an opportunity to participate in a self-certification program, IDEM will again establish a random inspection process from the same BMV database described above. IDEM will respond appropriately to these inspections and track the data.
IDEM will analyze and compare baseline, self certification and post-certification data to understand changes in facility performance and overall outcomes of interest. Compliance results from baseline inspections will be compared to compliance results from the second round of random inspections. Improved performance will be determined through compliance rates, pollution prevented, and the incorporation of BMPs in salvage-yard practices. In addition, the information developed and gathered during this project will have potential transferability to other sectors. We expect the final phase to be completed spring of 2010.