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Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc. Joins EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities

Release Date: 04/20/2010
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov


Company commits to recycling all fluorescent lamps and batteries

(Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Apr. 20, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc. (EAH) as the newest environmental steward to join the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP). As an EPA partner, EAH will recycle fluorescent lamps and aircraft batteries, ensuring the safe reuse of lead and mercury.

“We commend Embraer for its commitment to reducing pollution from their processes,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg. “Partnerships are an important tool in advancing environmental protection.”

“We are committed to being a good steward of the environment and believe Embraer can make a difference by recycling mercury and lead acid batteries,” said Gary Spulak, President of Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc. “Each employee at Embraer is educated on the importance of recycling and reducing the amount of waste that accumulates in our landfills. This reduction of hazardous waste in landfills is our contribution to the community and to the world, which is why forming a partnership with the EPA is an investment in the future.”

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 Embraer
Embraer is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer, located in São José dos Campos and São Paulo also has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide.

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