3- Pollution Prevention

The Pollution Prevention (P2) Plan exists to help prevent the release of dangerous pollutants and toxins, preserving the quality of Wyoming's environment for its citizens and wildlife. 

During the creation of the Wyoming Voluntary Remediation Program, the Wyoming Legislature recognized the need for facility owners and operators to do everything possible to prevent contaminants from being released to the environment. As a result, in order to encourage pollution prevention activities, the Legislature added the requirement that facilities must implement a written P2 Plan, or "alternative minimum pollution prevention operating standards," to be eligible for VRP participation.

To learn about why the P2 Plan Rule is important to Wyoming, and how it can benefit your business or organization, click here.

What Constitutes the P2 Plan?

The P2 Plan Rule establishes two categories of "facilities," each with a different level of required P2 Plan documentation as a condition of VRP eligibility. 

Category 1 includes sites or facilities that are:

  • Large quantity generators (LQGs) of hazardous waste, regulated under Chapter 8 of the Wyoming Hazardous Waste Management Rules and Regulations
  • Required to have a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan

  • Required to have a DOT Response Plan or Emergency Response Plan

  • Subject to EPA's "Toxic Chemical Release Reporting" requirements

  • Regulated under Chapters 10 or 11 of the Wyoming Hazardous Waste Management Rules and Regulations (as an interim status or permitted waste treatment, storage or disposal facilities)

  • Regulated by the DEQ's Storage Tank Program (STP); VRP eligibility is applicable only for releases from sources other than the regulated tanks

To be considered for participation in the VRP, these Category 1 facilities will be required to be implementing a formal, written P2 Plan in accordance with the time frames established in the P2 Plan Rule.

Category 2 sites or facilities include:

  • Any other site or facility - storing, using or generating contaminants - that does not meet the threshold classifications listed in the Category 1 section above

To be considered for participation in the VRP, these Category 2 facilities must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the DEQ Administrator that they are implementing the alternative minimum pollution prevention operating standards (described in the rule) in accordance with the time frames established in the P2 Plan Rule.