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EPA recognizes new California environmental Performance Track member

Release Date: 8/22/2003
Contact Information: Wendy L. Chavez, (415) 947-4248

25  companies join the program nationwide

     SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its newest  California company selected as a member of the National Environmental Performance Track program.

     The voluntary program recognizes top environmental performers in the public and private sector that go beyond compliance with environmental regulations and publicly commit to specific environmental improvements over the next three years.  Facilities recognized in this program consistently meet their legal requirements, implement environmental management systems, voluntarily achieve environmental improvements beyond compliance and report on progress.
     U.S. Borax Inc. in Boron, Calif. mines and refines borates from an open pit mine.  The facility employs more than 500 people.  The company has committed to a relative reduction its water use by 50 million gallons, or 8 percent, by 2005.  From 2000 to 2002, U.S. Borax reduced water use by 324 million gallons (41 percent).  

     "This company has made a substantial commitment to environmental leadership, partnership and stewardship," said Wayne Nastri, the EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "I know that over the next three years the commitment this company has made to Performance Track will have measurable benefits for the environment."

     Launched in June 2000, Performance Track now has 329 members.  Current Performance Track companies have committed to lowering emissions of greenhouse gases by 26 million pounds; reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds by 98,000 pounds; reducing solid waste by 225 million pounds; and recycling or reusing more than five million pounds of materials.

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