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Nine Facilities in the Southeast Commit to Environmental Improvements Beyond Regulatory Requirements

Release Date: 11/07/2007
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – Nov. 7, 2007) Nine facilities in the Southeast have made a commitment to environmental improvement beyond current regulatory requirements. These facilities join 55 others throughout the nation as new members in the National Environmental Performance Track program.

The eight new facilities to join Performance Track in the Southeast are:

Charleston Air Force Base-Charleston, S.C.;
Coca-Cola North America-Apopka, Fla.;
3M-Cynthiana-Cynthiana, Ky.;
Smithfield Transportation-Tar Heel, N.C.;
Baxter Healthcare-Largo, Fla.;
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base- Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.;
Caterpillar Griffin Power Systems-Griffin, Ga.;
Corning Wilmington Optical Fiber Facility-Wilmington, N.C.; and
Coca-Cola North America-Dunedin, Fla.

Performance Track recognizes facilities that set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond their legal requirements, have internal systems in place to manage their environmental impacts, engage in community outreach and consistently report results. Performance Track facilities must meet all environmental regulatory requirements and typically set four goals for environmental improvement (small facilities make two).

Since the 2000 launch of this facility-based program, Performance Track membership has grown to 497 members in 49 states and Puerto Rico, and those members have set more than 2,000 goals to benefit the environment in both regulated and unregulated areas. Through goals that have been set since the inception of the program, Performance Track members have reported reductions in water use of 5.6 billion gallons, greenhouse gas reductions of 159,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, and have conserved more than 25,000 acres of land.

Information on the National Environmental Performance Track program: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack

Information on new Performance Track members:
http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/round14PTFacilities.htm

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