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Nine Facilities Added to EPA's National Environmental Performance Track

Washington, DC - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Whitman announced the acceptance of thirty-two new members into its National Environmental Performance Track program. Launched just 18 months ago, Performance Track now has 280 members who are recognized for their achievements, as well as for a commitment to top environmental management and to continuously improving their environmental performance.

"Through Performance Track, EPA recognizes and rewards businesses and public facilities that demonstrate strong environmental performance beyond current requirements," said EPA Administrator Christie Whitman. "While building a collaborative relationship with EPA, Performance Track participants realize environmental results beyond what could be achieved through regulation and enforcement alone. Their efforts will be of significant help as we look towards our ultimate goal; cleaner air, purer water and better protected land."

The National Environmental Performance Track (Performance Track) was designed by the EPA to recognize and encourage top environmental performers - those companies and communities that voluntarily go beyond compliance with regulatory requirements to attain levels of environmental performance that benefit the environment, people, and communities.

The newest Performance Track members have made environmental commitments to reduce water consumption, reduce emissions of particulate matter, increase recycling, and reduce total solid waste. Members agree to meet these commitments within the next three years.

The new members add their efforts to the already substantial commitments made by existing members. So far, over their initial three years of participation, for example, Performance Track facilities are committed to reducing solid waste by 225 million pounds; lowering emissions of greenhouse gases by 26 million pounds; recycling or reusing more than five million pounds of materials; and reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds by 98,000 pounds.

Facilities accepted into Performance Track must have a history of sustained compliance with applicable federal and state environmental requirements; have adopted and implemented Environmental Management System (EMS), an organization's systematic effort to meet its environmental requirements and improve its overall performance; demonstrate at least two past environmental achievements and commit to four future improvements; and must have established a public outreach program with a commitment to public performance reporting.

Performance Track's member facilities represent both small businesses and large companies from the chemical, electronic, automotive, dry cleaning and pharmaceutical industries, among others. The new members include additional facilities from companies already participating (such as Dupont, International Paper, IBM, 3M, and Rohm and Haas) as well as from companies new to the program (such as PPG Industries, Yamaha Music Manufacturing, and Marathon Ashland). They also include a public facility, NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center.

There are now a total of 39 Region 2 facilities in Performance Trackó 14 in New Jersey, 12 in New York, and 10 in Puerto Rico. For additional program information, including a complete listing of facilities in Performance Track, visit www.epa.gov/performancetrack.

New York Facilities Accepted to Performance Track in February 2002:

CPS Corporation in Dunkirk, New York manufactures fine printing ink and printing ink products. CPS is the first ink company in North America to certify its EMS to ISO 14000. CPS has committed to reduce energy use by 20 percent over the next three years through changes in its ink manufacturing process.

Dresser-Rand Wellsville Operations manufactures steam turbines for public and private entities. The company has reduced its annual hazardous waste generation from 100.66 tons in 1992 to 4.3 tons in 2001. Dresser-Rand has eliminated the need to store chemicals in bulk through its "Just in Time" material purchasing process and the facility removed all above-ground and underground storage tanks.

IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center is a research facility that makes scientific and technology advances that will contribute to IBM's success, has committed to reduce energy use by 3.6% per year for a total of 45,000 MMBTU by enhancing energy conservation efforts, installing energy efficient equipment and expanding employee education initiatives.

Loctite Electronics in Olean, New York manufactures electronic encapsulants, won the 2001 Good Neighbor Award for the Environment, an award given by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. Loctite has committed to reduce the amount of hazardous solid waste generated per unit of product by 50% in three years.

Nucor Steel is a scrap steel recycler based in Auburn, New York. Between 1998 and 2000, Nucor reduced the amount of total solid waste disposed from 22.5 pounds per ton of steel produced to 2.32 pounds per ton of steel produced. In 2000, Nucor recycled over 99% of their solid waste. The company also received the New York State Governor's Award for Waste Reduction & Recycling in 2000.

New Jersey facilities accepted to Performance Track in February 2002:

Ideal Jacobs Corporation in Maple-wood, New Jersey is a small business that serves the custom label printing needs of a large segment of the telecommunications industry. Ideal Jacobs reduced the amount of hazardous materials used in its printing process from 370 pounds in 2000 to 258 pounds in 2001. Through the use of clean technologies and substituting hazardous materials with non-hazardous, non-toxicatives, Ideal Jacobs plans to reduce hazardous materials use to 105 pounds by the end of 2002.

Region 2 Facilities Accepted in July 2001:

BASF Corporation in Belvidere, NJ is an automotive coatings manufacturer. The facility has won the Paint Pollution Prevention Award, Chemical Manufacturers Association Responsible Care Certificate of Honor, and National Safety Council Award of Honor. BASF is working to decrease its use of hazardous materials from 750 gallons/batch in 2000 to 250 gallons/batch in 2003 by installing state-of-the-art equipment.

The Naval Air Engineering Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey provides program management, contracting, logistics, engineering, prototyping and testing services to Aircraft Platform Interface Systems. The Station also participates in New Jersey's Silver Track Program for Environmental Performance. Environmental performance commitments include eliminating NOx emissions from 57.47 tons per year to 37.47 tons per per, and increasing grassland bird habitat by 123 acres.

Mott's Williamson Plant manufactures apple sauce, apple juice and other non-carbonated drinks, drink mixes and cooking wines. Mott's replaced hazardous materials with non-hazardous materials, segregating hazardous waste from non-hazardous waste, resulting in a reduction in hazardous waste generated from 1,935 pounds in 1998 to 275 pounds in 2000. Mott's has committed to reduce its use of energy by two percent per liter of product and reduce total water use by 5 percent per unit of product.

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