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EPA Administrator Marks Performance Track Anniversary in Georgia

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Contact Information: Carl Terry, 404-562-8327, terry.carl@epa.gov

(Marietta, Ga. – May 9, 2006) Today, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson visited Lockheed Martin’s Marietta facility to mark the five-year anniversary of the Agency’s Performance Track Program and to showcase the cumulative environmental benefits of the program. Johnson also released Performance Track’s latest progress report, which showed the environmental results achieved by Performance Track members since the program’s inception in 2000.

“Performance Track members are at the forefront of innovation and environmental stewardship, fundamentally strengthening the relationship between business and government,” said Johnson.

The program’s Fourth Annual Progress Report, shows that EPA’s Performance Track helps communities and the nation. Together, Performance Track members have reduced water use by 1.9 billion gallons, conserved 9,000 acres of land, and increased their use of recycled materials by 120,000 tons. In 2004 alone, members collectively reduced their water use by more than half a billion gallons, reduced their hazardous waste generation by 800 tons, and reduced their use of non-renewable transportation fuels by more than 43,000 gallons.

Lockheed Martin Marietta is one of 401 facilities distinguished by EPA as Performance Track members, and is one of 11 Lockheed Martin Performance Track facilities located across the country. This facility manufactures the F-22 fighter and the C-130J airlift aircraft, and its voluntary commitments have led to substantial reductions in: nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, a cause of harmful smog, ground-level ozone and acid rain; the amount of water it uses to manufacture aircraft; and the amount of solid waste it generates overall.

The facility reduced its NOx emissions by 24 tons between 2002 and 2005. Lockheed Martin Marietta achieved this reduction by installing an ultra-low NOx boiler. The facility attained this reduction despite the fact that production almost doubled during the same time period. It also reduced its water usage by 18 million gallons using a reverse osmosis/ultrafiltration system which purifies treated industrial and sanitary wastewater, so it can be reused in certain areas of the facility’s operations. In 2005, Lockheed Martin Marietta assisted six local schools in setting up paper and aluminum can recycling programs as well as actively supported Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s anti-litter campaign in the local schools.

EPA’s Performance Track fosters environmental leadership and augments existing regulatory and enforcement strategies by encouraging facilities and companies to do more than what is legally required. The program rewards facilities that work with their communities, set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance and have internal systems in place to manage their environmental impacts.

For more information on EPA’s Performance Track, visit http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack.