Facilities Commit to Environmental Improvements Beyond Current Regulatory Requirements

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EPA

EPA announced 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.
"Performance Track members are demonstrating new ways of achieving tangible environmental results by working collaboratively with government and demonstrating the business value of their environmental leadership," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "This relationship leads to greater efficiency and reduced costs for both Performance Track facilities and environmental regulators."
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, Wash., is the first United States Army facility in the program.

Thirty-nine new Performance Track facilities have made strong commitments to the environment in a wide range of categories. Here are 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 gal.
- Federal-Mogul -- Boyertown in Boyertown, Pa., plans to reduce its use of sulfuric acid by 50%.
- The Ford Motor Company, Atlanta Assembly Plant in Atlanta, Ga., has committed to reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by more than 24 tons and water usage by nearly 14 million gal.
- 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, S.C., 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, Wis., has committed to reducing its hazardous waste by more than 1,300 lbs.

In addition to the 39 new members, 32 Performance Track facilities have renewed their three-year membership in Performance Track by continuing to meet the program's criteria and committing to new environmental goals. Some examples:
- Epic Resins in Palmyra, Wis., has committed to a 10 percent overall energy reduction.
- Nucor Steel Auburn Inc. in Auburn, N.Y., will use scrap tires in its production of steel, reducing its use of coal by more than 500 tons.
- SEH America in Vancouver, Wash., has committed to a 10 percent reduction in energy use, a 50 million gallon reduction in water use, and a 50% reduction in hazardous materials.
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. To read the latest program report, visit: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/thirdannual.htm.
A complete list of new and renewing Performance Track members announced today, as well as a list of companies that have expanded their membership in Performance Track, may be found at: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/events/round10_facilities_aug05.htm.
Performance Track encourages participation by all sizes of facilities. The major industries are represented, with chemical, electronic and electrical, and medical equipment manufacturers composing nearly 40 percent of the current members. The public sector is also represented by members such as national defense installations, postal facilities, and municipalities. For more information on Performance Track membership rewards and benefits, visit: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/benefits.
Until 2004, Performance Track was entirely a facility-based program. However, the high participation rate of several firms led to the creation of a Corporate Leader designation for companies with a large number of facilities and with corporate policies and practices that demonstrate environmental excellence. The first three Performance Track Corporate Leaders were announced in February. They include: Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, and Rockwell Collins. For more information on Performance Track Corporate Leaders, visit: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/corporateleaders/.

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