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EPA Recognizes Connecticut Company at Environmental Merit Awards in Boston

Release Date: 04/19/2000
Contact Information: Peyton Fleming, EPA Press Office (617-918-1008)

BOSTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued an Environmental Merit Special Recognition Award to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in Stamford, Conn. for its participation in EPA New England's StarTrack Program, an initiative to encourage companies to voluntarily assess and improve their environmental performance.

In announcing the award at a ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston, EPA-NE Regional Administrator Mindy S. Lubber praised Bristol Myers Squibb for its outstanding commitment to become more environmentally efficient.

"Every year, through our Environmental Merit Awards, EPA celebrates the hard work and environmental accomplishments of outstanding individuals and organizations in New England," Lubber said. "We are proud today to recognize Bristol Myers Squibb for its significant contribution to our regional StarTrack program. The company's hard work in developing and monitoring their own environmental systems has been beneficial for the environment and valuable in helping us find ways to regulate facilities more cost effectively."

Launched in 1996, the StarTrack Program encourages facilities and organizations in New England to voluntarily assess and improve their environmental performance. Participants in StarTrack agree to complete three steps aimed at protecting the environment: audit their environmental management and compliance performance each year; publish an environmental performance report each year; and have their compliance and environmental management system reviewed and certified by an independent third party every three years.

The Bristol Myers/Clairol Worldwide facility, a 1,200-employee operation that makes hair care and hair color products, is among 14 companies and organizations honored today for their participation in the StarTrack Program.

"Our partnership with EPA New England provided an opportunity to demonstrate not only that a developed Environmental Management System is consistent with compliance philosophy, but it is also the best way to achieve sustainable compliance," said Mo Tarifi, director of Environmental Health and Safety at Clairol Worldwide.

Now in its fourth year, EPA New England's StarTrack program is currently being used as one of the models for a national Performance Track Program that is being developed by EPA Headquarters in Washington.

"One of the visions of our StarTrack Program was to create a national program with credibility and significant incentives," Lubber said. "The launching of the national program this year is the fruition of much hard work and innovation on the part of Bristol Myers Squibb and other StarTrack facilities."