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North Dakota Pollution Prevention Program accomplishments for FY 02.


The resignation of North Dakota's P2 coordinator in May of 2001, left the responsibility of implementing the majority of North Dakota's Pollution Prevention Incentives for States (PPIS) to other North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) employees remaining on staff. Their efforts account for P2 make up the lions share activities include in this report.

The NDDH appointed a new P2 coordinator in November of 2002. The new coordinator, Kent Belland, stepped into North Dakota's leadership role for the Pollution Prevent program in April of 2002.


The state taught a Landfill Operators Training and Certification Course in Bismarck. Compliance issues, waste acceptance issues, and the installation of best management practices for protecting off site areas from contamination were discussed. 40 landfill operators and solid waste professionals attended the course.

NDDH and the North Dakota Solid Waste Management Association (NDSWMA) sponsored three Inert Waste and Composting Workshop in the cities of Dickinson, Enderlin, and Jamestown. The workshop focused upon why city operated solid waste programs should consider initiating composting program efforts, the monetary savings composting potentially provide, and the how to issues associated with composting. 49 representatives from communities located in the southern half of North Dakota attended the program.

NDDH sponsored 13 North Dakota Hazardous Waste Compliance and P2 Source Reduction Seminars for the automotive services, small manufacturing businesses, and general small businesses. The programs were held in the cities of Dickinson, Williston, Minot, Grand Forks, Fargo, and Bismarck. The seminars focused upon Hazardous waste compliance issues and P2 solutions for reducing hazardous. 205 business representatives registered for the workshops.

The NDDH partnered with the North Dakota Extension Service, the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service, and the Sargent, Morton, and McHenery Soil Conservation Districts to conduct 4 animal waste educational workshops. These programs helped livestock producers understand the livestock waste compliance regulations, they enlightened livestock producers about the nutrients contained in livestock waste, and they provided open discussion associated with using manure as a fertilizer resource. The programs were attended by a total of 94 livestock producers in the cities of Minot, Gwinner, New Salem, and Towner.

The NDDH and other state and federal organizations worked together to sponsored a state wide poster contest emphasizing the following poster topics; "Keeping North Dakota Clean", "Clean Lakes a Clear Choice", "Using and Protecting Our Water", "Sharing our Resources", "Trees are Terrific…inside and out", and "Habitat - Homes for Wildlife". 10,336 kids participated in the Keep North Dakota Clean poster contest with the winners receiving U.S. Saving Bonds, ribbons and photographs with North Dakota's First Lady.

The NDDH participated at the Region 8 Tribal Government Solid Waste Management Conference. The Department provide and overview of North Dakota's Solid Waste Management programs which include the P2 program. The conference also provided an excellent opportunity to the network with tribes leaders from the 5 reservations in found within the state.

The NDDH in cooperation with the state's Agriculture Department conducted a pesticide collection program called Project Safe Send. The collection effort safely removed 190,759 pounds of unused pesticides from farms and homes within the state. It also provided for safe disposal of the chemicals.

Management Plans:

The NDDH is currently assisting food processors and livestock sales facilities with assessing and developing nutrient management plans for their businesses. The referred to businesses are located in communities throughout the state.

P2 Information Sharing

The NDDH completed setting up a web site link to Peaks to Prairies, the Pollution Prevention Information Center in Montana.

The NDDH visited with city leaders in approximately 26 towns located in the southeastern part of the state. These contacts were made to stimulate the city representatives to start implementing activities associated pollution prevention.

The NDDH worked with the KFYR Broadcasting Network located in Bismarck. The NDDH provided the KFYR with Earth Day information and footage for broadcasting during their evening news program.

In cooperation with a host of other agencies and business the NDDH participated in Bismarck's Gateway to Science Fair. Issues related the protection of our air and water resources and soil waste reduction efforts were discussed with approximately 700 6th grade students.

On going P2 Activities

The state recently completed a new composting brochure and web page. Both the brochure and the web page should be available for viewing sometime in September.

Currently the NDDH is working with the NDSWMA and the North Dakota Forest Service. Together we are developing a web link for Kids to fun educational P2, recycling and solid waster management sites

The Department is currently working with a hog cooperative located southwestern North Dakota developing plans for a mortality composting site for animals lost at their facility.
The North Dakota's Cooperative Research Extension Center has also approached the NDDH about setting up a large animal mortality composting research site and/or demonstration site at the Carrington, North Dakota Research Farm.

The NDDH is cooperating with a crop oil processing plant located in southeastern area of the state. We are trying to place them in contact with biomass energy sources suitable for use in their facilities on site power generating plant.

NDDH networked with consultants attending a Biomass Energy Workshop sponsored by the Energy & Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Our attendance at the conference has initiate the Departments involvement with the state owned prison facility and assisting the facility locate biomass energy sources, wood waste, for use at prison. The conference provided the NDDH the opportunity to working with a consulting firm attending the conference. The consulting firm has been studying the feasibility of biomass energy sources or crumb rubber materials for use as energy sources at ethanol plants within the state.

NDDH and NDSWMA together are planning a solid waste management symposium. The symposium will take place September 10th through the 12th and will cover topics related to solid waste management, recycling, landfill gas collection systems, and biomass energy recover.

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