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April 2007

Connecticut waste-to-energy facility makes commitments

Covanta Projects of Wallingford, Connecticut has joined EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track, a partnership program recognizing facilities that set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond their legal requirements.

Performance Track members must have internal systems in place to manage their environmental impacts, and publicly report results.

Covanta Wallingford is a waste-to-energy facility that generates renewable electricity from the combustion of municipal solid waste (MSW). The facility processes about 420 tons per day of MSW, most of it from local Connecticut communities, and generates about 11 MW of electricity for sale to the local utility.

The plant reduces the volume of MSW delivered to a landfill by 90 percent, thus preserving landfill capacity and extracting useful energy. The company has committed to reducing fuel oil use by approximately 10 percent, and installing emissions controls on 3 vehicles in a local school bus fleet, which will reduce fine particle emissions by an estimated 90 percent, all between 2006 and 2009.

Covanta Projects of Wallingford joins four other new Performance Track members making positive commitments in New England. Overall, there are 46 companies that have made Performance Track part of how they do business in New England.

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