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Dura Coat Products, Inc., Joins EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities

Release Date: 10/23/2009
Contact Information: Niles, 404-562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov


Company commits to reducing lead chromate and polycyclic aromatic compounds from paint formulations

(Huntsville, Ala. – October 23, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized Dura Coat Products, Inc., as the newest environmental steward to join the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP). As an EPA partner, Dura Coat will change some of its paint formulations to reduce the use of lead chromate and polycyclic aromatic compounds normally used in paints.

“We commend Dura Coat for its commitment to reducing these toxic chemicals from their paint,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg. “Voluntary partnerships like this are an essential way of advancing environmental protection.”

EPA formed the NPEP to pursue the goal of reducing the use or release of 31 highly toxic, priority chemicals found in America’s manufacturing processes. It has established a National Waste Minimization Goal to act as a measurement of program success. The goal is to work with industry and the public to reduce the use or release of 4 million pounds of priority chemicals by 2011.

About Dura Coat Products Inc.

Dura Coat Products, Inc. has a heritage of being green. Its second factory was built adjacent to a wildlife preserve, which helps in their daily vision of environmental compliance and improvement. At Dura Coat Products, Inc., the emphasis is on green products. The Research & Development (R&D) department is devoting a large percentage of its time to developing environmental friendly products which would be emission-free, ultimately translating to cleaner air. Their R&D labs are constantly working to improve products by reducing pollutants; reducing product volatile organic compound amounts; lowering curing temperatures; and making products that will reduce the carbon footprint. Dura Coat Products, Inc. is very active with the Cool Roof products which diminish the “island heat” effect within urban environments. These products require much less energy consumption (as much as 20%) by business and homeowners in heating and cooling. At Dura Coat, innovation starts with the finish.

As part of Dura Coat Products, Inc. ongoing commitment to the environment, its currently working with a group of graduate students from the University of Maryland to reduce Dura Coat’s total amount of hazardous waste, (paper, liquid waste, and solid waste).

More about the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities is available at http://www.epa.gov/waste/partnerships/npep/index.htm.