Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's
(DEP) Office of Energy and Technology Deployment (OETD)
directly supports industrial, commercial, and institutional
businesses working to conserve energy, reduce waste generation,
and meet environmental obligations through the Site Assessment
Program. Since the program's inception in 1995,
the broad environmental and technical experience of DEP
staff has provided non-regulatory assistance to nearly
600 businesses. Most recently, the creation of energy
assessment teams in each regional office supports energy
management decision-making for businesses by providing
information about alternative and renewable energy options,
markets, and technologies relative to process heating
systems, lighting, steam systems, motors, pumps, compressed
air and more.
Proactively enhance the environmental performance and
efficiency of your business, and Pennsylvania, through
the DEP Site Assessment Program. Assessments are
performed free of charge, are capable of identifying opportunities
in small and large operations, and helps preserve natural
resources through the wise and efficient use of raw materials.
is a Site Assessment?
Site assessments provide an opportunity for businesses
to improve operations and reduce costs through the application
of sound energy management and waste reduction strategies.
Assessments are performed by a team of trained DEP staff,
focus on evaluating primary waste generating and energy-intensive
business operations, and result in a report offering strategies
and suggestions for improved resource management.
assessments can be requested by any size business, are
non-regulatory in nature, and are performed at no cost
to the business other than for the investment of staff
time hosting the event. Businesses participating
in a site assessment are under no obligation to implement
suggestions resulting from the assessment.
is Eligible for a Site Assessment?
Any business -- industrial, commercial, or institutional
-- may request site assessment services. If applicable,
the resolution of major unresolved compliance issues is
required prior to scheduling an assessment.
Benefits can Businesses Gain from Site Assessments?
Any non-productive loss of raw materials, including energy,
is waste. The need to manage waste, even for recycling
purposes, is cost intensive. Applying strategies
focused on minimizing loss will conserve energy, time,
Improved handling of raw materials, material
substitution, elimination of hazardous and toxic constituents,
recycling in-process materials and material recovery,
preventative maintenance programs, water re-circulation,
improved housekeeping, and employee training are a few
of the many opportunities for reducing waste generation
and regulatory obligations. Energy efficiency improvements
nearing 20 percent can be attained in most businesses
with added gains available through use-reduction, load
shifting, equipment improvements, and the application
of alternative and renewable energy technologies.
"Bottom line" benefits aside,
many businesses also report:
- An enhanced public image as being "environmentally
- Reduced regulatory requirements and satisfaction
directly consulting DEP staff;
- Increased product quality and competitiveness;
- A more cooperative and process-involved workforce,
- Fewer complaints/better relations with neighbors.
The Site Assessment Team?
Site Assessment teams are composed of DEP staff
from the regional or district office near your location.
With permissions, technical staff from Related Service
Providers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Industrial
Assessment Centers, or other support organizations can
be incorporated into the team for improved service delivery.
A P2E2 Site Visit Success is highlighted in the DEP weekly
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on a Site Visit Suggestion: Routine replacement
of parts washer solvent can be costly. Newer parts
washer technologies can eliminate the generation of
waste solvent. High flash and water-based cleaners
can replace the use of petroleum solvents that become
hazardous waste. Keeping parts washer lids closed,
and not running, between uses minimizes employee exposure
to solvent fumes and the escape of fumes into the
environment. Be sure to turn your parts washer off
when not in use. This simple "flip of a switch"
saves both energy and reduces the amount of makeup
solvent needed due to the exacerbated evaporation
of the washer solvent when continuously cycled. To
see an example of a running, unattended parts washer
on a Site Visit Suggestion: The changing
and disposal of paint filters can be costly. Some
facilities have gone to reusable coating booth filters.
It is recommended that tested be completed to insure
effectiveness. If successful, you will significantly
reduce the purchase and generation of disposable filter
material. The filters can be easily cleaned with specially
designed hand tools and/or a broom. To see an example
of paint filters being cleaned Click