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Louisiana-Pacific Houlton OSB Joins Environmental Performance Track Program

Release Date: 11/08/2005
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Contact: David Deegan (, EPA Office of Public Affairs, (617) 918-1017

For Immediate Release: November 8, 2005; Release # dd051105

(Boston) - A manufacturer from New Limerick, Maine, Louisiana-Pacific Houlton OSB, has become the 33rd New England member of EPA’s innovative National Environmental Performance Track program which recognizes environmental excellence.

The Performance Track program recognizes and rewards facilities that voluntarily exceed regulatory requirements, use formal environmental management systems, work with their communities and set three-year goals for improvements in environmental performance. Since the program’s start in June 2000, Performance Track membership has grown and produced solid environmental results. The program has more than 370 members in 46 states and Puerto Rico.

Louisiana-Pacific, Houlton OSB manufactures “oriented strand boards,” an engineered panel product used in construction. The company joins a diverse group of facilities that represent the manufacturing, electronics, government, pharmaceutical, paper, service, and energy sectors within New England.

"Performance Track members like Louisiana-Pacific, Houlton OSB show the regulated community and the public that environmental leadership and business success can go hand-in-hand,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator for EPA's New England Office. “By joining with these leaders, we can achieve a level of environmental responsibility that surpasses what we might accomplish through regulation and enforcement alone. I challenge other New England facilities to learn more about Performance Track and to join this group of environmental leaders.”

“The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is very pleased that Louisiana-Pacific, Houlton OSB has stepped up to participate in the Performance Track program and looks forward to working with them to help the organization fulfill their goals,” said Ron Dyer, director of the Office of Innovation and Assistance at Maine DEP.

Performance Track members make commitments to environmental improvements over the course of the next three years. These commitments fall under a wide variety of categories, including energy use, water consumption, discharges to water, materials use, air emissions, waste generated, and land preservation.

EPA New England’s Performance Track members have achieved significant improvements in their environmental performance since 2001. Collectively, they have:

    • Decreased their use of energy by more than 92,000 million British thermal units (mmBtus);
    • Decreased water consumption by 651 million gallons;
    • Decreased the use of materials by almost 6,000 tons;
    • Decreased solid (non-hazardous and hazardous) waste by almost 4,100 tons; and
    • Decreased air emissions by more than 260,000 tons.
In addition, the 15 facilities participating in New England’s “Energy Challenge” decreased their greenhouse gas emissions by more than 9,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MTCO2E) in the first year of the challenge, which was 2004.

More information about Performance Track and the members’ achievements is available at:

The New England members of Performance Track are:

In Connecticut:
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Wallingford; Covanta Mid-Connecticut, Inc., Hartford; Southeastern Connecticut Resource Recovery Facility, Preston; United States Postal Service, Hartford Processing and Distribution Center, Hartford; United States Postal Service, Hartford Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Hartford.

In Maine:
Bath Iron Works, Bath, (with multiple locations in Maine); Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, South Portland; Interface Fabrics Group, Guilford Facility, Guilford; International Paper - Androscoggin Mill, Jay; International Paper - Bucksport Mill, Bucksport; Louisiana- Pacific, Houlton OSB, New Limerick; Nexfor Fraser Papers Inc., Madawaska.

In Massachusetts:
Acushnet Rubber Co, D/B/A PRECIX, Inc., New Bedford,(multiple locations in Massachusetts); DePuy Orthopaedics, New Bedford; DePuy Orthopaedics, Raynham; Gillette Andover Manufacturing Center, Andover; Interface Fabrics Group, Inc., - East Douglas Facility, East Douglas; PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, Salem; Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, LLC, Marlborough; SEMASS Resource Recovery Facility, Rochester; Topflite Golf Company, Chicopee; Teradyne (Building 1), North Reading; Texas Instruments Sensors & Controls, Attleboro; TransCanada Hydro (multiple facilities in Massachusetts); U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, ASCC.

In New Hampshire:
BAE Systems - Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Inc., (several locations in NH); Henkel Corporation, Seabrook; New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc., Peterborough; New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc., Astro Division, Laconia; Osram Sylvania Products, Inc., Hillsborough; Teradyne, Inc., Nashua; TransCanada Hydro (multiple facilities in NH).

In Rhode Island:
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Newport.

In Vermont:
IBM Corporation, Essex Junction; TransCanada Hydro (multiple facilities in Vermont).

Related Information:
National Environmental Performance Track Program
EPA New England Environmental Management Systems (EMS)