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EPA recognizes 3M-Brookings as a top environmental performer

Release Date: 2/15/2005
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      Denver -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the 3M facility in Brookings, South Dakota, has been selected as a member of EPA’s National Performance Track, a voluntary leadership program for top environmental performers.

3M- Brookings is the second 3M facility in South Dakota to be accepted into the Performance Track program. Criteria for membership include demonstrating a comprehensive Environmental Management System, a history of sustained compliance with regulatory requirements, a commitment to continuous environmental improvement and a community outreach program. 3M-Brookings joins more than 350 facilities in the nation that have been accepted into the program.

3M-Brookings has also achieved the International Standard certification 14001 for its Environmental Management System, a standard that indicates the exceptional commitment of managers and staff to reduce environmental impacts and increase operating efficiency. This standard is verified by an external auditor who confirmed that the lodge’s EMS meets rigorous international environmental standards and certification requirements.

“We welcome 3M’s commitment to state-of-the-art environmental management practices and continuous improvement at its Brookings facility” said EPA’s Assistant Regional Administrator in Denver, Steve Tuber. “Performance Track is the ‘gold standard’ for facility-based environmental performance.”

The Performance Track program recognizes, rewards and encourages environmental performers that consistently exceed regulatory requirements, work closely with their communities and excel in protecting the environment and public health. The program is open to public or private, manufacturing or service-oriented facilities of all types, sizes and complexity.

3M-Brookings will be recognized at EPA’s Performance Track program annual recognition event on April 12 in Chicago.

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EPA Region 8 encompasses the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 Tribal Nations.