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					                           SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
                         COMPLIANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

                                                    June 23, 2004

Members attending: Dale Kaplan (Chairman); Christopher Lynch (Vice Chairman); Bob
Williams; Gene Delvecchio (for Jeanne Dworetzky); John Dernbach; Sarah Durako (for Rep.
Bud George); Glenn Heilman; Isabelle Smith; Sharon Roth

Members absent: Marilyn Skolnick; Jay Niskey

Others attending: Ted Laubach; Jon Miller; Dave Barnes; Mike Hitcho; Dave Althoff
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MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

The minutes from the February 18, 2004 meeting were approved as written.


OMBUDSMAN REPORT – Gene Delvecchio (for Jeanne Dworetzky)

Ms. Dworetzky is unable to attend the meeting because of her attendance at the Energy
Finance Conference in New York City. 41 clients were served in May 2004 with a total of 159
from the period of January to May. To date 30 loans totaling $1.5 million have closed for the
Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA). Members’ comments are requested on how
to make the PPAA more “user-friendly”. Some of the comments mentioned at the meeting
included:

        lower the interest rate and tie it to the prime rate
        outreach to targeted audiences is important
        decreasing the approval time is important

She attended the National SBO/SBAP Conference. She is on the planning committee for next
year’s conference that will be held in Biloxi, MS. Direct any comments on next year’s
conference to her. She is serving on the advisory board for the Electrotechnology Applications
Center. As required by the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act, she will send an annual
report on the SBAP to the Governor and legislature in July, 2004.


BUREAU OF AIR QUALITY REPORT – Ted Laubach

The cooperative agreement with the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers is in
the approval process with full approval by the middle of July. Tetra Tech is under contract to
manage the telephone hotline until the end of August. Members expressed their frustration with
the time it is taking to get the agreement approved. Some members were concerned about the
disconnection in the website even though it was recently redesigned. The committee was
assured that the design has been electronically stored.

The Bureau is developing an outreach program to automobile recyclers to remove mercury
switches. A workgroup has been formed that includes the Clean Air Council, the Institute of
Scrap Recycling Industries, the Pennsylvania Automotive Recycling Trade Society, the Steel
Recycling Institute, AERC Recycling Solutions and Bethlehem Apparatus Co., Inc. (mercury
recyclers) and DEP. These partners will sign a Memorandum of Understanding in the near
future to begin implementing this voluntary program.

Planning for the 1995 Dry Cleaners calendars has started. US Environmental Protection
Agency, PA Department of Environmental Protection, and Philadelphia Air Management
Services have developed outreach programs to the public and gasoline station
owners/operators in Philadelphia and adjacent counties. Included in the outreach is a self-
inspection handbook that will be sent to all gasoline stations in the greater Philadelphia area.
Stage II vapor recovery gasoline tank labels have been printed for distribution in the southwest
and southeast regions. A large outreach effort is planned for July 4 holiday period regarding
stage II vapor recovery. The message is “Don’t top off when you get gas.”


ECONOMIC STIMULUS IN PENNSYLVANIA – Isabelle W. Smith

An entrepreneur’s guide is available from Ms. Smith’s office. The Administration proposed a $2
billion economic stimulus package that included community revitalization, site preparation, and
business investment. The Commonwealth Financing Authority has not approved the package.

Programs that benefit small businesses include a First Industry Program that focuses on
agriculture and tourism industries. There is also an initiative to keep college graduates in state.


SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS – Dave Barnes/Mike Hitcho

The Small Business Advantage Grant program is a new financial incentive program designed
for businesses with less than 100 employees. The Department will grant up to $7,500 for
Pollution Prevention, energy efficiency, and source reduction projects. Applicants should expect
an approval/disapproval within 60 days and will be expected to complete the project within 180
days of receiving the grant. Applications will be available online.

Site assessment Grant (SAG) program will be reopening. The SAG program offers financial
assistance for site assessments to find ways to reduce pollution, wastes, energy use, and
related costs. The application approval process usually takes a few days turnaround.
Applications will be available online in the near future.


SUMMARY OF 2004 NATIONAL SBO/SBAP CONFERENCE – Committee

Several of the members who attended the 2004 National SBO/SBAP Conference held June 2 –
5, 2004, in Sacramento, California, commented on the activities of the Conference.


GROWING GREENER II – John Dernbach

The Administration firmly believes that environmental improvement and economic development
can be forwarded together. A handout was distributed showing the estimated flow of monies
from fees under Growing Greener II. The current situation is very little money available to pay
for the programs. The committee was apprised of the urgency of the situation.
POLLUTION PREVENTION ACTIVITIES AT DEP – Dave Althoff

The Office of Technology and Energy Development (OTED) is the primary office at DEP to
adminster pollution prevention programs. OTED’s primary areas of concern are pollution
prevention, energy efficiency, energy management systems, green building, indigenous energy,
distributed power, market barriers, hydrogen economy, and economic development. Sampling
of Programs and Projects. The following programs are used to address these concerns: P2/E2
Site Visits, Green Buildings – Energy Star, Environmental Management Systems (EMS),
Pollution Prevention Roundtables/Energy Efficiency Trainings, Businesses for the Bay,
Pennsylvania Energy Harvest Grant Program, Industries of the Future/Technology
Clearinghouse, Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, and the Governor’s Award For
Environmental Excellence.

Last year, OTED conducted 133 P2/E2 site visits. Some of the recommendations that resulted
from the visits included the following areas: energy efficient lighting and heating systems;
building envelope; material substitution and process change; water conservation; volume
toxicity of hazardous waste; housekeeping practices; leaks, drips, and spills; hidden
environmental costs; EMS; and environmental preferable purchasing.


The meeting adjourned at 2:55 P.M.

				
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