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Andersen Corporation


Andersen (PDF) (2 pp, 777K, About PDF), EPA, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and Washington County have agreed on legal mechanisms that will modify certain regulatory requirements in order to allow Andersen to quickly shift to cleaner processes at its Bayport, Minnesota facility. EPA regulations require that, each time a facility wishes to install or modify large emission sources, the facility must obtain prior approval from either the state or EPA. In Andersen's case, the changes involve a shift from high-emission processes like solvent-based wood preservation to lower-emission processes like waterborne wood treatment. Andersen also wishes to shift production to an innovative process called FibrexTM. The XL project also establishes an innovative, incentive-based, per unit emission measure at the Andersen facility that if the project is successful, may change the way that EPA regulates industry. The final project agreement was signed on June 30, 1999.

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