Coca-Cola, Ford, 3M and other facilities commit
to environmental improvements
Washington, DC— EPA announced
that 71 facilities from 29 states and Puerto Rico as new or renewing
members in a program rewarding facilities that voluntarily exceed
regulatory requirements. The National Environmental Performance
Track program rewards facilities that work with their communities,
set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental
performance and have internal systems in place to manage their
environmental impacts. Only facilities with a record of sustained
compliance with environmental requirements are eligible to participate
in this program.
Of special note in this tenth
round of Performance Track membership:
The automobile industry is demonstrating
increased interest in Performance Track with the first U.S. auto
facility member, the Ford Motor Company, Atlanta Assembly Plant,
and six Michelin tire manufacturing facilities.
Fort Lewis Public Works in Fort
Lewis, Washington, is the first U.S. Army facility in the program.
Thirty-nine new Performance Track
facilities have made strong commitments to the environment in
a wide range of categories. Some examples of what these facilities
have committed to achieving in the next three years:
The Coca-Cola North America Syrup
Plant in Columbus, Ohio, plans to reduce biological oxygen demand
(BOD) pollutant discharges by more than one-and-one-half million
pounds and its water usage by more than 900,000 gallons.
Federal-Mogul in Boyertown, Pennsylvania,
plans to reduce its use of sulfuric acid by 50 percent.
The Ford Motor Company, Atlanta
Assembly Plant in Atlanta, Georgia, has committed to reducing
volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by more than 24 tons
and water usage by nearly 14 million gallons.
The Louisiana-Pacific, Jasper
OSB facility in Jasper, Texas, has committed to reducing its energy
use by more than 45,000 million British thermal units (MMBtus).
Michelin Spartanburg Manufacturing
in Spartanburg, South Carolina, plans to reduce water usage by
four million gallons and its energy use by more than 40,000 MMBtus.
The 3M Eau Claire facility in
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has committed to reducing its hazardous
waste by more than 1,300 pounds.
Since the program’s inception
in June 2000, Performance Track membership has grown and produced
solid environmental results. With the latest additions, the program
has over 370 members in 46 states and Puerto Rico. To date, Performance
Track members have collectively reduced their water use by 1.3
billion gallons and their generation of solid waste by nearly
600,000 tons, increased their use of reused or recycled materials
by nearly 77,000 tons, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by
the equivalent of 67,000 tons of carbon dioxide.