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Delta TechOps Joins EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities - Company commits to eliminating lead from machine shop operations and recycles 7,000 pounds of lead

Release Date: 09/23/2009
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – September 23, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized Delta Air Lines’ maintenance division, Delta TechOps, as the newest environmental steward to join the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP). As an EPA partner, Delta TechOps will change some of its engineering processes to eliminate the use of lead. To date, Delta TechOps has sent 7,000 pounds of lead to be safely recycled, eliminating a potential toxic pollutant from posing a risk to human health and the environment.

“We commend Delta TechOps for its commitment to reducing lead pollution from their engineering processes,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Stan Meiberg. “Voluntary partnerships like this are an essential way of advancing environmental protection.”

”The men and women of Delta TechOps are committed to bettering standards of living and improving the environment of the communities they live and work in,” said Tony Charaf, president, Delta TechOps.

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 Delta TechOps
Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul in North America, generating more than $500 million in revenue in 2008. In addition to providing maintenance and engineering support for Delta's fleet of more than 750 aircraft, Delta TechOps serves more than 150 other aviation and airline customers around the world, specializing in high-skill work like engines, components, hangar and line maintenance. Delta TechOps employs more than 8,500 maintenance professionals and is one of the world’s most experienced providers with more than seven decades of aviation expertise. More about Delta TechOps is available at http://www.deltatechops.com.

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