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

Release Date: 02/28/2008
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – February 28, 2008) 16 facilities in the Southeast are committing to go above and beyond environmental requirements as members of EPA's National Environmental Performance Track Program.

The 16 new facilities to join Performance Track in the Southeast are:

  • Northrop Grumman, St. Augustine, Fla.;
  • Covanta Hillsborough, Tampa, Fla.;
  • Covanta Huntsville, Huntsville, Ala.;
  • Covanta Lake II, Okahumpka, Fla.;
  • Lehigh Technologies, Tucker, Ga.;
  • Stanley Tools, Cheraw, S.C.;
  • Covanta, Pasco, Spring Hill, Fla.;
  • Pull-A-Part, Conley, Ga., and Pull-A-Part, Norcross, Ga.;
  • Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, Cleveland, Tenn.;
  • Blue Ridge Paper Products, Canton, N.C.;
  • Frito-Lay, Orlando, Fla.;
  • Bay County Waste to Energy, Panama City, Fla.;
  • TOTO USA, Morrow, Ga.;
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Georgetown, Ky.; and
  • Smithfield Elon, Elon, N.C.

Performance Track recognizes facilities that have a strong record of environmental compliance, 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 (facilities with less than 50 full-time employees set two goals). Individual facilities apply for membership in Performance Track. Companies may have multiple facilities in the program.

Since the 2000 launch of this facility-based program, Performance Track membership has grown to 538 members in 49 states and Puerto Rico, and those members have set more than 3,500 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 greenhouse gas reductions of 310,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, reductions in nitrogen oxides of 13,000 tons, and reductions of hazardous waste of 52,000 tons.

More about the new Performance Track members: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/round15PTFacilities.htm

More about the National Environmental Performance Track program: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/
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