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Minnesota Technical Assistance Program


Technical assistance is targeted to fiber reinforced plastics and boat manufacturing industries. MnTAP partners with the Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) on this effort.

The Minnesota Materials Exchange Alliance grows to eight sites providing statewide service and offers a Web site.


Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) tool development begins and MnTAP partners with the U.S. EPA and American Hospital Association (AHA) on the project.

Technical assistance is targeted to 600 publicly-owned treatment works to help meet discharge limits by working with their industrial users to reduce phosphorus, BOD, TSS, and water use.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and U.S. EPA sign a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage healthcare facilities to eliminate the use of mercury-containing products and reduce waste.


MnTAP’s work with wood finishers results in reducing VOC releases by 24,100 lbs. This project was conducted in partnership with Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

A project targeting vapor degreasing ends and reduced CFCs, trichloroethane, and trichloroethylene and resulted in a savings of over $60 million over 7 years. This project was in partnership with the Minnesota Association of Metal Finishers.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lowers personal exposure limit (PEL) for methylene chloride.


The Great Printers Project begins; technical assistance is targeted to reduce solid and hazardous waste and VOCs.

MnTAP establishes a Web site.

Assistance efforts to dry cleaners result in reducing perchloroethylene by 16% and saving $140,000. This project was a partnership with MPCA’s SBAP and the Minnesota Cleaners Association.

OSHA lowers exposure standard for styrene.

A manufacturing ban of CFCs results from the Montreal Protocol.


The Metro Area Exchange (MAX) operated by MnTAP begins.

The Minnesota Materials Exchange Alliance begins with sites in the Twin Cities (MAX), Rochester, and Duluth.


Technical assistance is targeted to facilities affected by Clean Air Act: dry cleaners for perchloroethylene use, chrome platers for chromium emissions, wood finishers for VOCs, and auto body shops for vehicle-related waste and emissions.

The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (MOEA) is established.

The first Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo is held. MnTAP partnered with the Twin Cities Chemical Coaters Association and MOEA.


MnTAP begins offering solid waste source reduction assistance and technical assistance to facilities affected by Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards.

Industry begins submitting pollution prevention information to the EPA and the state as part of the toxic chemical release inventory (TRI).

Minnesota Toxic Pollution Prevention Act (TPPA) requirements are extended to non-manufacturing industries.


A research project assesses and ranks high-risk non-hazardous industrial waste in Minnesota including foundry sands and machining waste.

Pollution prevention plans are developed and progress reports are submitted by Minnesota industry.

A reuse law passes allowing feeding of non-meat food waste to livestock.


MnTAP partners with MPCA to provide technical assistance and outreach to develop and evaluate a risk screening and priority ranking method for hazardous air emissions as part of the Pollution Prevention Incentives to States program.

The Governor’s Awards Program for Excellence in Waste & Pollution Prevention begins.


MnTAP expands to provide technical assistance to help companies prevent toxic pollution.

The Clean Air Act amendment sets stage for new National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards.

The Minnesota Toxic Pollution Prevention Act (TPPA) passes, establishing state policy encouraging the prevention of toxic pollution.

Federal Pollution Prevention Act passes, establishing pollution prevention as a national objective.