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New Guide Will Support Specialty-Batch Chemical Manufacturers’ Participation in EPA’s Voluntary Programs

Release Date: 06/09/2004
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Enesta Jones, 202-564-7873 /

(06/09/04) EPA is releasing a new guide that will help the specialty-batch chemical industry learn about voluntary environmental programs that can improve their environmental and economic performance. With more than 70 voluntary programs now available, EPA recognizes the need to help organizations make informed decisions about the ones best suited to their operations. The EPA Voluntary Programs Guide for the Specialty-Batch Chemical Sector addresses that need by summarizing the requirements and benefits of 16 voluntary programs, such as EnergyStar, Waste Wise, and Design for the Environment, that are applicable to specialty-batch chemical manufacturers. Developed with input from the specialty-batch chemical sector, the guide demonstrates EPA’s recent commitment to improving management of voluntary programs. Voluntary programs are increasingly being used as a complement to traditional regulatory approaches. They play a major role in the Agency's efforts to enhance environmental performance through innovation and collaboration, and are instrumental in helping industry sectors address environmental challenges. The guide is available at: .