News Releases issued by the Office of Research and Development
EPA Welcomes Coca-Cola, Fuji Hunt, Firestone, 51 other Facilities to Performance Track Program Dedicated to Environmental Improvements Beyond Current Regulatory Requirements
Release Date: 03/04/2005
Contact: Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(Washington, D.C. – 03/04/05) EPA is today announcing 54 facilities from 25 states and Puerto Rico as new members in the National Environmental Performance Track Program. Performance Track rewards facilities that voluntarily exceed regulatory requirements, implement systems for improving environmental management; work with their communities, and set three-year goals for improvements in environmental performance. Only facilities with a record of sustained compliance with environmental requirements are eligible to participate in this program.
“Performance Track recognizes these facilities as environmental leaders because they deliver results beyond what is expected or required by law,” said EPA Acting Administrator Steve Johnson. ”These facilities demonstrate on a daily basis that economic prosperity and environmental protection can go hand in hand.”
New Performance Track members have made strong commitments in a wide range of categories. For example, the Coca-Cola North America Ontario Syrup Plant in Ontario, Calif., has committed to reducing its water use by more than 2.2 million gallons over the next three years, more water than needed to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools. Fuji Hunt Photographic Chemicals in Orange Park, Fla., has committed to eliminating its use of the hazardous chemical hexane, preventing almost 264,000 pounds per year of this contaminant from entering the environment. The Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire facility in LaVergne, Tenn., has committed to reducing its annual energy use by 162,930 MMBtus, the average amount of energy 1,550 households use in one year.
Eighteen companies with existing Performance Track facilities have expanded their membership today:
· 3M, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., added two new facilities, in Brookings, S.D., and Decatur, Ala., for a total of 14 in Performance Track;
· Baker Petrolite, headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, added one new facility in Houston, Texas, for a total of three;
· Baxter Healthcare Corporation, headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., added two new facilities, in McGaw Park, Ill., and Round Lake, Ill., for a total of 10;
· Bridgestone/Firestone, headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., added one new facility in LaVergne, Tenn., for a total of six;
· Forever Resorts, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., added nine new facilities: Badlands Lodge in Interior, S.D.; Big Bend Resorts/Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend National Park, Texas; Callville Bay Resort and Marina in Las Vegas; Fairholme Store and Marina in Port Angeles, Wash.; Hurricane Ridge Lodge in Port Angeles, Wash.; Lake Amistad Resort and Marina in Del Rio, Texas; Lake Crescent Lodge in Port Angeles, Wash.; Mammoth Cave Hotel in Mammoth Cave, Ky.; and the Marina at Lake Meredith in Fritch, Texas, for a total of 13 facilities in the program;
· Fuji Hunt, headquartered in Allendale, N.J., added one facility in Orange Park, Fla., for a total of two;
· Georgia-Pacific, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., added two facilities, in Vienna, Ga., and Columbus, Ohio, for a total of three;
· Hewlett-Packard, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., added two facilities, in Boise, Idaho, and Corvallis, Ore., for a total of three;
· Interface Fabrics, headquartered in Guilford, Maine, added one facility in East Douglas, Mass., for a total of three;
· International Paper, headquartered in Stamford, Conn., added three new facilities, Hamilton Mill in Hamilton, Ohio, and Arizona Chemical facilities in Port St. Joe, Fla., and Valdosta, Ga., for a total of 17 facilities;
· Johnson and Johnson, headquartered in New Brunswick, N.J., added one new facility, the ALZA Corporation, Mountain View, Calif., for a total of 40;
· Marathon Ashland, headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, added its headquarters facility for a total of two facilities in Performance Track;
· Montenay Power Corporation, headquartered in New York, N.Y., added one facility in York, Pa., for a total of three;
· New Hampshire Ball Bearings, headquartered in Chatworth, Calif., added two facilities: its corporate headquarters in Chatworth, Calif., and a facility in Laconia, N.H., for a total of three;
· Pfizer Inc., headquartered in New York, N.Y., added two facilities, in Holland, Mich., and White Hall, Ill., for a total of seven;
· Rockwell Collins, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, added one facility in Atlanta, Ga., for a total of 10;
· Spartech Corporation, headquartered in Clayton, Mo., added three facilities in Paulding, Ohio, Donora, Pa., and Arlington, Texas, for a total of four; and
· Teradyne, headquartered in Boston, added one facility in Nashua, N.H., for a total of two facilities in Performance Track.
Other new Performance Track members include:
- · Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine;
· BFGoodrich Tire Manufacturing, Tuscaloosa, Ala.;
· Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration Partners, Brooklyn, N.Y.;
· Covanta Mid-Connecticut, Inc., Hartford, Conn.;
· Hunter Douglas Tupelo Center, Tupelo, Miss.;
· IMCO Recycling, Saginaw, Mich.;
· Karl Schmidt Unisia, Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind.;
· Osram-Sylvania Products, Inc., Hillsborough, N.H.;
· Schering-Plough Products L.L.C., Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.;
· SEMASS Resource Recovery Facility, Rochester, Mass.;
· Sharp Manufacturing Company, Memphis, Tenn.;
· Southeastern Connecticut Resource Recovery Facility, Preston, Conn.;
· Weyerhaeuser Structurwood, Grayling, Mich.;
· World Resources Company, Pottsville, Pa.; and
· Xerox Supplies Manufacturing Plant, Oklahoma City, Okla.
EPA also welcomes the following federal facilities: Capulin Volcano National Monument in New Mexico, and Performance Track’s first National Forest, the Wallowa Whitman National Forest in Oregon.
Since the program's inception in June 2000, Performance Track membership has grown and produced solid environmental results. The program currently has over 350 members in 46 states and Puerto Rico. To date, Performance Track members have collectively reduced their water use by 1.3 billion gallons and their generation of solid waste by nearly 970,000 tons, increased their use of reused or recycled materials by nearly 77,000 tons, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 67,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
Performance Track encourages participation by all-size facilities. The major industries are represented, with manufacturers of chemical, electronic and electrical, and medical equipment composing nearly 40 percent of the current members. The public sector is also represented by members such as national defense installations, postal facilities, and municipalities. Performance Track provides incentives that promote high levels of environmental performance and a learning network in which best practices are shared. These benefits translate to greater efficiency and reduced costs for both Performance Track facilities and environmental regulators.
In a related issue, on Feb. 24, EPA recognized corporate-wide environmental leadership for the first time under Performance Track. Historically a facility-based program, Performance Track added this Corporate Leader designation to recognize companies that have demonstrated a commitment to company-wide environmental excellence.
For more information on Performance Track membership benefits, visit: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/benefits . For information on the program in general, visit: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/ For more information on the Corporate Leader designation, visit:http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/corporateleaders