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Allentown Company Honored for Reducing Waste
Release Date: 01/31/2007
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith (215) 814-5543
PHILADELPHIA – In a ceremony held today in Allentown, Pa. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Prior Coated Metals, Inc. for committing to reduce waste and produce more environmentally-sound products.
“As a member of the greater Allentown community, Prior Coated Metals, Inc. has taken steps to go above and beyond environmental compliance,” said Abraham Ferdas, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional director. “This company is committed to finding a new and innovative way to conserve natural resources through waste reduction that will improve public health and the environment.”
As a new partner in EPA’s waste minimization efforts, Prior Coated Metals, Inc. will reduce naphthalene waste. Naphthalene is a component in solvents used to adjust the viscosity - - the thickness - - of their paint. The company is going to reduce naphthalene by substituting some of its reducing solvents with a naphthalene-free solvent.
Prior Coated Metals, Inc. is a subsidiary of Bouras Industries Inc. and produces quality pre-coated/pre-painted sheet metal for use in various consumer and construction products such as light fixtures, garage doors, roof deck, and swimming pools.
EPA created the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities program, one of EPA’s voluntary partnership programs, focused on reducing the 31 highly toxic, priority chemicals found in our nation’s waste. The agency’s goal is to work with industry and the public to reduce the presence of 31 priority chemicals in waste by 10 percent by the year 2008, compared to amounts generated in 2001.
For more information about the national partnership for environmental priorities, go to: https://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/minimize/partnership.htm.