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Xanterra at Crater Lake National Park Accepted to EPA Performance Track Program

Release Date: 11/22/2006
Contact Information: Bill Glasser, EPA/Seattle, 206-553-7215, glasser.william@epa.gov, Mark MacIntyre, EPA/Seattle, 206-553-7302, Macintyre.mark@epa.gov

(Seattle, Wash. – November 22, 2006) –Xanterra at Crater Lake National Park has been named as one of the newest members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Environmental Performance Track program, joining more than 400 facilities in their commitment to consistently exceed environmental requirements.

EPA’s Performance Track program rewards facilities that voluntarily exceed regulatory requirements, implement systems for improving environmental management, work with their communities, and set three-year goals for improvements in environmental performance. Only facilities with a record of sustained compliance with environmental requirements are eligible to participate in this program.

"The more organizations that are engaged in the search for continuous improvement, the more we can achieve in terms of environmental results and effective partnerships," said Performance Track Director Dan Fiorino. "We congratulate our newest round of member facilities as they chart new paths toward environmental excellence."

To date, Performance Track members have made 1,500 commitments to benefit the environment. They have collectively reduced their water use by 3.5 billion gallons, reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 88,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, and conserved more than 14,000 acres of land while helping to protect their local and national environment.

EPA and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality reviewed the application and verified Xanterra at Crater Lake National Park has sustained compliance with environmental regulations. The facility qualified for the program through its past achievements, continuous commitment to environmental improvement, and implementation of a strong Environmental Management System.

Over the next three years, Xanterra at Crater Lake National Park has committed to three "beyond compliance" environmental improvements, including reducing their water use by over one million gallons, reducing waste sent to landfill and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 103 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents.

As part of Performance Track, Xanterra at Crater Lake National Park is eligible for numerous program benefits including EPA recognition, national and local networking opportunities, and regulatory and administrative incentives which cut paperwork, increase flexibility, and help facilities focus on environmental improvement.

For more information about Performance Track, visit www.epa.gov/performancetrack or call 1-888-339-PTRK.

For more about Xanterra Parks & Resorts, visit http://www.xanterra.com/