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Waste Programs Division

Pollution Prevention (P2) Planning Program

Revised On: June 12, 2024 - 11:20 a.m.

ADEQ’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Planning Program assists certain businesses in reducing toxic substances at their source, minimizing the generation of hazardous waste and preventing the release of pollutants into the environment. To accomplish this, these businesses must implement a P2 Plan.

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As a myDEQ user, you can access the portal 24/7 to instantly:

  • Submit and amend P2 Plans and Annual Progress Reports — including your P2 Plan Toxic Data Report (TDR) due July 1 of each year, as required by A.R.S. § 49-962(C)
  • Access current P2 Plan information
  • View plan revisions from ADEQ
  • Receive alerts for reporting so you never miss a due date

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What is a P2 Plan?

A P2 Plan is a management document that provides information on facility operations that directly or indirectly produce waste or use toxic substances. The plan involves:

  • Recording the facility’s toxic substance use, emissions and waste from current work practices
  • Outlining potential P2 opportunities and providing specific performance goals, including a schedule for implementing pollution prevention activities
  • Documenting that the facility has performed a rigorous P2 assessment
  • Recognizing past P2 activities that have already been completed at the facility, when available

Who is Required to Submit P2 Plans?

A P2 Plan is required to be prepared and implemented if any one of the following thresholds are met:

  • A person who owns or operates a facility that meets the reporting requirements prescribed by Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) § 49-962 shall prepare and implement a P2 plan that addresses a reduction in the use of toxic substances and the generation of hazardous wastes.1
    • During the preceding calendar year, the owner or operator was required to file an annual toxic chemical release (Environmental Protection Agency Toxics Release Inventory) form (Form A or Form R) for the facility.2
    • During the preceding calendar year, the facility generated an average of 1 kilogram per month of acutely hazardous waste or an average of 1,000 kilograms per month of hazardous waste in a calendar year, exclusive of an episodic, accidental or remediation related release or occurrence.3
  • A facility that uses in excess of 10,000 pounds in a calendar year of a toxic substance.4 Please visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for a list of toxic substances (chemicals and chemical categories).

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Voluntary P2 Plans

A facility that is not required to file a P2 Plan can still submit one voluntarily. By voluntarily participating in our program, you’ll have access to P2 assistance to help find reduction opportunities at your facility, receive notification of upcoming educational opportunities, and maintain documentation of P2 goals submitted for your facility.

P2 Objectives

As Arizona grows, so does the generation of hazardous waste and the use of toxic substances. A great way for businesses and citizens to improve our environment is to reduce this growth without shifting the pollutant release between land, water or air. The purpose of the P2 Planning Program is to:

  • Reduce the use of toxic substances and hazardous waste generation in our state
  • Emphasize the preference for source reduction over recycling, waste treatment or disposal
  • Encourage reduction through methods such as substitution with a less toxic chemical and product reformulation
  • Implement process modification
  • Improve housekeeping
  • Promote recycling/reclamation
  • Promote conservation and waste minimization