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EPA Recognizes Wirerope Works, Inc. for Reducing Waste

Release Date: 11/15/2004
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543 & Joan Schafer, 215-814-5143

Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543 & Joan Schafer, 215-814-5143

WILLIAMSPORT – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Wirerope Works, Inc., in a ceremony here today for being the first business in the Williamsport area to enroll in the voluntary national partnership for environmental priorities.

“As a member of the Williamsport community, Wirerope Works has taken steps to go above and beyond environmental compliance. The business is committed to finding new and innovative ways to reduce pollution while still making a viable product and earning a profit. That=s no small effort,” said Wayne Naylor, deputy director for EPA’s mid-Atlantic Region

The new voluntary program challenges businesses and manufacturers to become more environmentally aware and to adopt a resource conservation ethic that results in less waste, more recycling, and more environmentally sound products.

As a new waste minimization partner, the Wirerope Works plant has committed to the reducing lead waste. The company has implemented a process change that will reduce lead waste in its heat-treating process (which is also referred to as a patenting process) from 27,000 pounds to zero. Approximately 80,000 pounds of lead utilized in heat-treating tanks will be eliminated by 2005 because of this equipment modification, making the heat-treating process completely lead-free.

Waste minimization not only means polluting less, it means saving money too. Participating companies throughout America are learning that reducing or eliminating waste can also mean greater production efficiency, an improved image in their community, and increased profits.

EPA created the national partnership for environmental priorities, one of EPA=s family of voluntary partnership programs, in order to reduce 30 highly toxic, priority chemicals found in our nation=s hazardous waste.

This national program seeks solutions that prevent pollution at the source, by recovering or recycling chemicals, which cannot easily be eliminated or reduced at the source.

EPA=s goal is to work with industry and the public to reduce the presence of the 30 priority chemicals in hazardous waste by 50 percent by the year 2005, compared to amounts generated in 1991. For more information about the national partnership for environmental priorities, go to