The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 act encourages looking at waste more broadly with a view towards reducing pollution. All pollutants are to be minimized and waste creation is to be controlled, not just during the production process, but also in the design of products that will have less impact on the environment while in use and after disposal. It is Academy and national policy to prefer pollution prevention, whenever feasible. Waste that cannot be prevented should be recycled, and waste that cannot be prevented or recycled should be treated in an environmentally safe manner. Disposal should be employed only as a last resort. Specific goals that the Academy is striving to reach by 2007 include a 40% reduction in reported Toxic Release Inventory releases and 50% reduction in the use of hazardous substances and, by 2011, the complete phase out of Class I ozone-depleting substances.
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