Dallas Love Field pledges to reduce PCBs from airport
After cutting 4,000 pounds of harmful chemicals at its
airport, Dallas Love Field is pledging to reduce 1,000 more as part of
a national program run by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The airport plans to reduce 1,000 pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls,
or PCBs, as part of the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities
(NPEP) program. In addition, it is pledging to cut 50 pounds of mercury
from light bulbs, thermometers, thermostats and other equipment under
the NPEP “Mercury Challenge” campaign.
The airport will replace the ballasts and mercury-containing instrumentation
with modern equipment that is free of priority chemicals. It will also
recycle light bulbs that contain mercury.
The National Partnership for Environmental Priorities promotes the voluntary
reduction of 31 priority chemicals. Through work with EPA, both public
and private organizations identify activities that will reduce the use
of these chemicals, preventing their ability to accumulate in the environment
and cause harm to humans and the ecosystem.
More than 150 organizations nationwide have joined the NPEP program,
which has set a goal of reducing the use or release of four million pounds
of priority chemicals by 2011.
Additional information on the National Partnership for Environmental
Priorities is available by visiting www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/minimize/npep/index.htm.