Pollution Prevention (P2) is the application of methods to reduce or prevent the creation of wastes at their source. Pollution prevention methods identify and/or use environmentally friendly alternative processes or materials wherever possible to reduce wastes. These wastes typically cannot be recycled, reused or could be harmful to human health and the environment.
Environmental Incident Response
JEA’s Environmental Incident Response (EIR) group responds to emergency environmental incidents that periodically occur in our service area either on a JEA site or that were caused by a JEA source. By responding to these incidents, we can help provide prompt and appropriate actions that reduce the likelihood of adverse environmental impacts, 24/7, 365 days a year. These incidents include sanitary sewer overflows, reclaimed water releases, oil spills, odor complaints, water main breaks and more.
Another environmental event that the EIR group participates in is Boil Water Advisories (BWA). Whenever JEA encounters a water outage, whether it is a planned outage or an unplanned water main break, public safety is of utmost concern. In order to minimize any potential risks to the public, a list of criteria is looked at to determine if a BWA should be issued during a water outage. An important note about Boil Water Advisories is that they are a precautionary measure taken whenever one or more of the set criteria are met.
Benefits of Pollution Prevention
The potential for monetary savings is a major reason for businesses to implement P2. Pollution prevention can save money by reducing costs associated with; waste storage and disposal, regulatory reporting, and sewer surcharges. Reducing waste at the source before it becomes a pollutant that must be treated or disposed of makes good business sense. Examples of common cost effective P2 practices:
- Preventive maintenance
- Fixing a water leak
- Recycling or reusing materials and byproducts
- Substituting for less toxic chemicals/materials in a process
- Engineering--out processes that create harmful wastes
By implementing these practices a company can:
- Decrease operating expenses
- Reduce employee exposure to harmful substances
- Reduce harmful emissions and environmental liability
- Conserve resources
Byproducts are materials that result from sewer treatment or the generation of electricity. Our goal is to reuse 100 percent of our byproducts in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Mercury Reduction Program
While compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use less energy and last longer, they also contain a very small amount of mercury. To help prevent improper CFL disposal that could introduce mercury into the environment, we teamed up with the City of Jacksonville and local retailers to provide you with convenient locations to drop off your used CFLs.
We’re also working with the Northeast Florida District Dental Association to ensure mercury in dental amalgam is collected and sent to mercury recovery companies for recycling. Check out our best management practices guide for dentists who work with amalgam mercury.
To learn more, visit our links and resources located under Guides and Best Management Practices.