The Business Environmental Program provides free and confidential environmental management assistance to business and government operations in Nevada. The Program specializes in cost effective strategies to reduce hazardous materials and waste generation, conserve water and energy, minimize air emissions, and maintain compliance with environmental requirements. The program provides training, on-site consultation, assistance over the phone and through its website and publications.
The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) was the lead applicant and recipient of the Environmental Results Program (ERP) grant funded by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC)-Business Environmental Program (BEP) coordinated the ERP through a contract with NDEP. BEP worked with the state and local environmental programs to: establish a baseline of dry cleaner environmental compliance and performance; provide outreach and assistance; develop a multi-media self-certification program and manage a follow-up assessment to measure and report improvements in dry cleaner compliance and environmental performance in the metropolitan areas of Washoe and Clark counties. The ERP addressed requirements established by hazardous waste, water and air pollution regulations.
Final Report (PDF) (18 pp, 224K)
EPA State Innovation Grant Program Results – Using the EPA grant program, states tested and implemented a variety of new ideas to improve permit compliance and integrate voluntary stewardship approaches.
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Initiative – The ERP is an alternative to traditional regulation that requires self-audits with accompanying self-certification to validate compliance with environmental requirements.
Central Truckee Meadows Remediation District (CTMRD) – Administered by the Washoe County Department of Water Resources (WCDWR) on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and is responsible for a number of objectives, including mitigating existing PCE contamination in the central Truckee Meadows aquifer system, preventing future contamination, protecting existing uncontaminated portions of the aquifer, and keeping stakeholders and interested parties informed of program activities. These many objectives are reflective of the belief that effectively managing the PCE problem in the central Truckee Meadows requires a multi-pronged approach.
Toxic Use Reduction Institute conducted an alternatives assessment of seven common alternatives to perc to help dry cleaners find technically viable and environmentally preferred methods for cleaning clothes.
The alternatives evaluated include: Professional Wet Cleaning, Liquid Carbon Dioxide, High Flash Hydrocarbons, Acetal (Solvon K4), Propylene Glycol Ethers, Cyclic Volatile Methyl Siloxane (GreenEarth), and N-Propyl Bromide (nPB). The results appear in two documents – a 54-page detailed report and a four-page fact sheet.