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

Release Date: 04/28/2006
Contact Information: Laura Niles, 404-562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov or Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(ATLANTA - April 28, 2006) Eight facilities in the Southeast have made a commitment to environmental improvement beyond current legal requirements. These facilities join 29 others throughout the nation as new members in the National Environmental Performance Track program.

The 37 new Performance Track facilities have made strong commitments to the environment in a wide range of categories. For example, Pratt & Whitney in Jupiter, Fla., committed to reducing energy use by more than 10 percent. Other facilities plan to reduce water use and hazardous waste generation.

The eight facilities to join Performance Track in the Southeast include:

AFCO (Associated Fuel Pump Systems Corporation), Anderson, S.C.;
Georgia-Pacific Resins, Conway, N.C.;
Naval Air Depot, Cherry Point, N.C.;
Republic Metals Corp., Opa Locka, Fla.;
Pratt & Whitney, Jupiter, Fla.;
Bridgestone Firestone, Wilson, N.C.;
Louisiana- Pacific, Roxboro, N.C.; and
American Synthetic Rubber, Louisville, Ky.

The National Environmental Performance Track program recognizes 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. Since the program's inception in June 2000, Performance Track membership has grown to more than 400 members in 46 states and Puerto Rico and those members have made more than 1,500 commitments to the environment. To date, Performance Track members have collectively reduced their water use by 1.9 billion gallons, conserved nearly 9,000 acres of land and increased their use of recycled materials by nearly 120,000 tons. In 2004, Performance Track 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 nonrenewable transportation fuels by more than 43,000 gallons. For more information on the National Environmental Performance Track program: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/

A complete list of new Performance Track members may be found at: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/round11PTFacilities.htm.