EO 12856 Federal Compliance with Right-to-Know Laws and Pollution Prevention Requirements  

Archive (Canceled)
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Revoked by Executive Order 13148, April 21, 2000

The objective of Executive Order 12856 Federal Compliance with Right-to-Know Laws and Pollution Prevention Requirements is to foster the Federal government as a good neighbor to local communities by becoming a leader in providing information to the public concerning toxic and hazardous chemicals and extremely hazardous substances at Federal facilities, and in planning for and preventing harm to the public through the planned or unplanned releases of chemicals. The Order also encourages the Federal government to be a leader in the field of pollution prevention through the management of its facilities, its acquisition practices, and in supporting the development of innovative pollution prevention programs and technologies. Executive Order 12856 seeks to ensure that all Federal agencies conduct their facility management and acquisition activities so that, to the maximum extent practicable:

  • The quantity of toxic chemicals entering any wastestream, including any releases to the environment, is reduced as expeditiously as possible through source reduction;
  • Waste that is generated is recycled to the maximum extent practicable; and
  • Any wastes remaining are stored, treated, or disposed of in a manner protective of public health and the environment.

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