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Project XL:
May Fact Sheet

Project XL:
Lucent Technologies, Inc.


Project XL, which stands for "eXcellence and Leadership," is a national initiative that tests innovative ways of achieving better and more cost-effective public health and environmental protection. The information and lessons learned from Project XL will be used to assist EPA in redesigning its current regulatory and policy-setting approaches. Project XL encourages testing of cleaner, cheaper, and smarter ways to attain environmental results superior to those achieved under current regulations and policies, in conjunction with greater accountability to stakeholders. The project sponsors, EPA, states, co-regulators, and other stakeholders participate in day-to-day negotiations leading to Final Project Agreements (FPAs) which outline the details of the projects and each party's commitments. Project XL has committed to a scope of 50 pilot projects. Because of its limited scope, it is vital that each project tests new ideas with the potential for wide application and broad environmental benefits. As of April 1998, seven pilot projects are being implemented and twenty additional projects are currently being developed.


The proposed Final Project Agreement (FPA) is based on an existing, third-party certified, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) for the entire, global microelectronics business unit of Lucent Techologies, and contemplates the development of specific proposals for regulatory flexibility and superior environmental performance at certain facilities. The proposed FPA allows Lucent to use its EMS as a framework for developing specific proposals to simplify permitting, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements, while driving continual improvement and pollution prevention programs. The proposed FPA provides a "test bed" for the use of a high-quality ISO 14001 EMS as a vehicle for determining and managing regulatory flexibility while achieving superior environmental performance.


The proposed FPA is a multi-regional attempt to incorporate high-quality environmental management practices, through Lucent's EMS, across the entire business unit. This will drive multi-media superior environmental performance. The parties anticipate that the EMS will foster superior environmental performance by identifying opportunities to reduce Lucent's environmental impacts in a variety of areas, both regulated and non-regulated. EPA Regions 3 and 4 are intended sites for facility-specific projects. Facility-specific addenda to the umbrella agreement will be the vehicles for achieving superior environmental performance and considering regulatory flexibility at individual facilities.


The proposed FPA does not address any specific regulatory flexibility, but discusses permitting, permit modification, compliance monitoring, and record keeping requirements under Title V of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and RCRA. Specific instances of regulatory flexibility will be discussed in each facility-specific addendum. The first candidate for a facility-specific addendum is Lucent's Allentown, Pennsylvania facility.


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 facilitiy's EMS as both are implemented.



Regional Contacts:
Tom Maslany, Region 3, 215-566-2300
Rich Kampf, Region 3, 215-566-2105
Michelle Glenn, Region 4, 404-562-8674

Nancy Birnbaum, 202-260-2601

State Contacts:
David Lamereaux (Pennsylvania), 717-826-2352
Mike Phillips (Florida), 850-821-9717

Company Contact:
Debra S. Hennelly 908-953-4960


More information about Project XL is available on the Internet at https://www.epa.gov/ProjectXL, via Project XL's fax-on-demand line at 202-260-8590, or via Project XL's Information Line at 703-934-3239.

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