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EPA SELECTS 10 NEW MEMBERS FROM THE SOUTHEAST FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE TRACK PROGRAM
Release Date: 02/11/2002
Contact Information: Carl Terry (404) 562-8325
|The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today the acceptance of ten new members from the southeast into the National Environmental Performance Track program. Nationally, 34 new members were selected. Launched 18 months ago, Performance Track now has 280 members nationwide who are recognized for their achievements, as well as for a commitment to top environmental management and to continuously improving their environmental performance.
The National Environmental Performance Track was designed by EPA to recognize and encourage top environmental performers B 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.
The new Performance Track members in the Southeast include the following:
Yamaha Music Manufacturing, Inc., Thomaston
Hitachi Automotive Products, Harrodsburg
John C. Stennis Space Center
Asmo North Carolina, Inc., Statesville
Palmetto Landfill and Recycling Center, Wellford
Richland Landfill, Elgin
Oakridge Landfill, Dorchester
Hickory Hill Landfill and Recycling Center, Ridgeland
International Paper Mill (Eastover Mill), Eastover
Dura Automotive Systems, Gordonsville
Performance Track's member facilities represent both small businesses and large companies from the chemical, electronic, automotive, dry cleaning and pharmaceutical industries, among others. They include additional facilities from companies already participating as well as from companies new to the program such as Yamaha Music Manufacturing. They also include a public facility - NASA=s John C. Stennis Space Center.
Each new member has made environmental commitments to reduce water consumption, reduce emissions of particulate matter, increase recycling and reduce total solid waste. They agree to meet these commitments within the next three years.
The new members add their efforts to the already substantial commitments made by existing members. So far, over their initial three years of participation, for example, Performance Track facilities are committed to reducing solid waste by 225 million pounds; lowering emissions or greenhouse gases by 26 million pounds; recycling or reusing more than five million pounds of materials; and reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds by 98,000 pounds.