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EPA Selects Osceola, Ark., Facility for Participation in National Environmental Performance Track, Recognizes Top Environmental Performers

Release Date: 9/3/2003
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

      Aug. 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accepted 25 new members into the National Environmental Performance Track program, including the CYRO Industries facility at 1500 Richard Prewitt Dr., Osceola, Ark.

      "Through Performance Track, EPA recognizes and rewards businesses and public facilities that demonstrate strong environmental performance beyond current requirements," EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene said.  "While building a collaborative relationship with EPA, Performance Track participants realize environmental results beyond what could be achieved through regulation and enforcement alone.  Their efforts will be of significant help as we work towards our ultimate goal: cleaner air, purer water and better protected land."

      The National Environmental Performance Track was designed by EPA to recognize and encourage top environmental performers -- those companies and communities that voluntarily go beyond compliance with regulatory requirements to attain levels of environmental performance that benefit the environment, people and communities.

      Building on previous innovation programs with states, businesses, and community and environmental groups, Performance Track emphasizes continuous environmental improvement, effective state/EPA relationships, and the need to inform and involve citizens and communities.

      The newest Performance Track members have made environmental commitments to reduce water consumption, reduce emissions of particulate matter, increase recycling and reduce total solid waste.  Members agree to meet these commitments within the next three years.  

      As a member of the Performance Track program, CYRO has specifically committed to reduce its production of total hazardous waste from 504,190 pounds per year to 300,000 pounds per year by installing a new recovery unit, and to eliminate the hazardous solid waste generated by mercury containing light tubes by replacing them with non-mercury lights.  

      CYRO will also reduce its annual emissions of volatile organic compounds from 8,415 pounds to 1,000 pounds by upgrading its leak detection and repair program for valves, pump seals and flanges for equipment not monitored by its automated monitoring system.

      Since its inception in June 2000, Performance Track has recognized 325 members for their achievements and their commitment to continuously improving their environmental performance.   Performance Track's member facilities represent both small businesses and large companies from the chemical, electronic, automotive, dry cleaning and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  

      More information about Performance Track is available on EPA's web site,