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[GreenYes] Write EPA now for ZW in Beyond RCRA Vision!
Apologies for Cross-Postings

If you cannot attend the meeting in SF on 12/11, please email EPA by 12/7 
to express strong support for including Zero Waste and strong messages on 
Product Stewardship as goals in their Beyond RCRA vision statement. I have 
included a draft for you to use as a base, but would appreciate it if you 
modified it as much as possible so that all the input does not appear to be 
from the same source.

Email and US mail addresses are listed below. When you send an email, 
please send me a copy (although do not include me as an official cc:).

Thanks!

Gary Liss
for the GrassRoots Recycling Network
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DRAFT EMAIL:

TO: RCRA-Docket@epa.gov (subject: Beyond RCRA White Paper), 
leith.angie@epa.gov (Angie Leith)

I am writing regarding your Request for Comments on "Beyond RCRA: Prospects 
for Waste and Materials Management in the Year 2020" A Draft White Paper.

My organization [ describe your involvement in recycling and Zero Waste].

We applaud the EPA's drafting of this visionary document and believe that 
it has much to commend it.  However, based on our years of experience in 
this field, we believe the EPA should adopt Zero Waste as the unifying 
theme for this vision statement.

EPA needs to adopt Zero Waste as its overarching message to focus the 
resources and attention needed on all aspects of the challenges and 
opportunities of managing wastes and materials described in this vision 
statement.

We also believe that producers of products and packaging must play a much 
larger role in taking responsibility for the wastes that they create.  For 
every ton of municipal discards wasted, about 71 tons of manufacturing, 
mining, oil and gas exploration, agricultural, coal combustion, and other 
discards are produced (Source: Wasting Recycling in the United States 2000, 
GrassRoots Recycling Network and Institute for Local Self-Reliance, page 13).

Local governments have done more than their fair share over the past decade 
to increase the national rate of recycling.  Dramatic future progress can 
only be achieved through the adoption of new rules for businesses that 
ensure that waste decisions are factored into the design, manufacturing, 
promotions, and shipping of products to consumers, all decisions that are 
beyond the control of local governments.

[Add example of a major problem you are facing locally that needs more 
attention on Product Stewardship to solve it.]

Thank you for your consideration.  If you have any questions, please 
contact me at [add phone number] or [add email address].

[Add your signature and contact info: address, phone, fax and email]
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 From original EPA Public Notice:

If there are questions about the draft paper or the upcoming meetings, 
please contact Angie Leith in EPA's Office of Solid Waste at (703) 
308-7253, or by email at  <leith.angie@epa.gov>.

We ask that ....comments be submitted no later than January 15, 2002. Due 
to recent disruptions in postal deliveries, we strongly encourage you to 
email comments. Comments may be emailed to

RCRA-Docket@epa.gov (subject: Beyond RCRA White Paper).

Address regular mail to:

Beyond RCRA White Paper
c/o RCRA Information Center
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (5305G)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

A summary of the comments expressed at the meetings will be
prepared and made available to all interested parties.  Written comments
will be available for viewing by interested parties at the RCRA
Information Center, located at Crystal Gateway 1, First Floor, 1235
Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.

Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 17:33:20 -0800
To: gary@garyliss.com
From: Gary Liss <gary@garyliss.com>
Subject: Can you attend 12/11 EPA Meeting in SF on Beyond RCRA?

We're trying to get Zero Waste advocates out for this.  Can you 
attend?  Attached is the agenda for the day that was used in DC 
today.  This will likely be the same agenda used in SF.  In DC, only 2 
environmental leaders attended: Neil Seldman and Pat Franklin.  We need a 
much better showing in SF to impact the direction of this important process.

Please REPLY if you are able to attend, and are interested in supporting 
Zero Waste and product stewardship as key messages that EPA includes in 
this document.

Thanks!

Gary Liss

* * * * * * REMINDER * * * * * *
Public Meeting and Request for Comments on
"Beyond RCRA: Prospects for Waste and Materials Management in the Year 
2020" A Draft White Paper
The second of 2 public meetings to discuss Beyond RCRA will be

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2001
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street in downtown 
San Francisco

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to the assumptions and
directions included in the draft paper. The paper is available on EPA's 
website at 
<<http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/vision.htm>www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/visio 
n.htm>. The sessions will be informal, with opportunity for interaction 
between attendees and EPA, state, and tribal officials responsible for the 
ideas and approaches reflected in the current draft paper. A copy of the 
agenda used on 11/28 is attached below.

If you plan on attending one or both of these meetings, we encourage you to 
preregister by emailing Jennifer Agostinelli of Ross and Associates 
Environmental Consulting, Ltd., at jennifer.agostinelli@ross-assoc.com.

If there are questions about the draft paper or the upcoming meetings, 
please contact Angie Leith in EPA's Office of Solid Waste at (703) 
308-7253, or by email at leith.angie@epa.gov.
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Proposed Agenda
9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
- Marianne Lamont Horinko, Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and 
Emergency Response
- Mike Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste
and Emergency Response
- Jennifer Kaduck, Vice President, Association of State and Territorial
Solid Waste Management Officials

10:00 Review of RCRA Vision effort and Draft White Paper "Beyond
RCRA: Prospects for Waste and Materials Management in the Year 2020" - Dave 
Fagan, Office of Solid Waste, US EPA

10:30 Trends and Future Directions
- Are there any important flaws or omissions regarding the trends
identified in the draft paper that might affect the goals and
corresponding tools/strategies described in the document?

11:15 BREAK

11:30 Goals
- From your perspective, are the goals for a future program as
identified in the draft paper sound and appropriate?

12:30 LUNCH (on your own)

1:30 Tools and Strategies
- Do the identified tools/strategies for achieving each goal seem
appropriate, or are there alternative tools/strategies that might be
more successful?

2:15 Moving Forward
- If the paper's vision of a future program is a desirable outcome, what 
nearer term actions might be appropriate in working to achieve it?
3:00 BREAK

3:15 Final questions and thoughts

3:45 Wrap-up Remarks
- Mike Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste
and Emergency Response
- RCRA Vision Workgroup members

4:00 ADJOURN

Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485

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