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Lucent Technology: Federal Register Notice of Lucent's Draft FPA

[Federal Register: June 29, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 124)]
[Page 35212-35213]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]




Regulatory Reinvention (XL) Pilot Projects

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of availability of Lucent Project XL Draft Umbrella
Final Project Agreement and Related Documents.

SUMMARY: EPA is today requesting comments on a proposed Project XL Final Project Agreement (FPA) for Lucent Technologies, Inc. The FPA is a voluntary agreement developed collaboratively by Lucent, stakeholders, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and EPA. Project XL, announced in the Federal Register on May 23, 1995 (60 FR 27282), gives regulated sources the flexibility to develop alternative strategies that will replace or modify specific regulatory requirements on the condition that they produce greater environmental benefits. EPA has set a goal of implementing a total of fifty projects undertaken in full partnership with the states.

The draft FPA is based on an existing third-party certified environmental management system (EMS) for Lucent's entire global microelectronics business unit, in fulfillment of the ISO 14001 standard for EMSs. The draft FPA would allow Lucent to use the existing EMS as a framework for developing specific proposals involving regulatory flexibility such as simplifying permitting, record keeping, and reporting requirements, while driving continual improvement and pollution prevention programs. The draft FPA would provide a ``test bed'' to determine the broad applicability of ISO 14001 as a vehicle for determining and managing regulatory flexibility while achieving superior environmental performance.

Lucent's proposed project is a multi-regional attempt to incorporate environmental management practices across the entire business unit. The parties anticipate that the EMS will foster superior environmental performance by identifying opportunities to reduce Lucent's environmental impact. EPA Regions 3 and 4 are intended sites for facility-specific projects. Each facility-specific addendum to the umbrella FPA will also demonstrate superior environmental performance. The regulatory flexibility necessary to implement specific projects will be discussed in each facility-specific addendum.

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As part of its EMS, Lucent has established facility-specific Local Environmental Advisory Groups (LEAGs) for all of its facilities globally. Each LEAG is composed of local stakeholders including environmental organizations, community groups, employees, and other interested citizens. The LEAGs provide input on the XL project and the EMS. The LEAGs unanimously approved the draft umbrella FPA.

DATES: The period for submission of comments ends on July 29, 1998.

ADDRESSES: All comments on the draft Final Project Agreement should be sent to: Rich Kampf, U.S. EPA, Region III, 841 Chestnut Street (3WP00), Philadelphia, PA 19107, or L. Nancy Birnbaum, U.S. EPA, 401 M Street, SW, Room 1025WT (1802), Washington, DC 20460. Comments may also be faxed to Mr. Kampf at (215) 566-2301 or Ms. Birnbaum at (202) 401-2474. Comments will also be received via electronic mail sent to: kampf.rich@epamail.epa.gov or birnbaum.nancy@epamail.epa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain a copy of the proposed Final Project Agreement or Fact Sheet, contact: Rich Kampf, U.S. EPA, Region III, 841 Chestnut Street (3WP00), Philadelphia, PA 19107, or L. Nancy Birnbaum, U.S. EPA, 401 M Street, SW, Room 1025WT (1802), Washington, DC 20460. The documents are also available via the Internet at the following location: ``https://www.epa.gov/ProjectXL''. In addition, public files on the Project are located at EPA Region III in Philadelphia. Questions to EPA regarding the documents can be directed to Rich Kampf at (215) 566-2105 or L. Nancy Birnbaum at (202) 260-2601. To be included on the Lucent Project XL mailing list to receive information about future public meetings, XL progress reports and other mailings from Lucent on the XL Project, contact: Debra Hennelly, Lucent Technologies, Inc., 219 Mount Airy Road, Room 2F236, P.O. Box 612, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920-0612. Ms. Hennelly can also be reached by telephone at (908) 953-4960. For information on all other aspects of the XL Program contact Christopher Knopes at the following address: Office of Reinvention, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Room 1029, 401 M Street, SW (1802), Washington, DC 20460. Additional information on Project XL, including documents referenced in this notice, other EPA policy documents related to Project XL, regional XL contacts, application information, and descriptions of existing XL projects and proposals, is available via the Internet at ``https://www.epa.gov/ProjectXL'' and via an automated fax-on-demand menu at (202) 260-8590.

   Dated: June 23, 1998.
Lisa Lund,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Reinvention Programs, Office of
[FR Doc. 98-17263 Filed 6-26-98; 8:45 am]


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