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Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543 & Joan Schafer, 215-814-5143
PHILADELPHIA – In a ceremony today in Morrisville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Wayne Naylor U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mid-Atlantic regional deputy director, recognized Material Sciences Corporation for being the first business in the Morrsiville-area to enroll in the voluntary national partnership for environmental priorities.
“As a member of the greater Morrisville community, Material Sciences Corp. has taken steps to go above and beyond environmental compliance. The business is committed to finding new and innovative ways to reduce pollution while still making a viable product and earning a profit. That=s no small effort,” said Naylor.
The new voluntary program challenges businesses and manufacturers to become more environmentally aware and to adopt a resource conservation ethic that results in less waste, more recycling, and more environmentally sound products.
As a new waste minimization partner, the Material Sciences plant has committed to the reduction of naphthalene waste by working with its paint supplier and customers to provide a naphthalene-free coating on a large percentage of its products. The company coats rolled steel with various colored paints which are ultimately formed into appliances, lighting fixtures, garage doors, and swimming pools. By providing this product substitution, the company will reduce reported naphthalene waste by 25,000 pounds by the end of 2004.