Facilities on the Right 'Track' to Receive EPA Recognition

Facilities on the Right 'Track' to Receive EPA Recognition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named 25 facilities as new members of its National Environmental Performance Track program. The program recognizes top environmental performers and encourages both public and private organizations that voluntarily go beyond compliance with environmental regulations, and publicly commit to specific environmental improvements over the next three years.

Acting Administrator Marianne Lamont Horinko said, "The 25 new members, including national parks, corporations, a university and other institutions, join the ranks of other Performance Track facilities working together with the EPA in a public commitment to superior environmental performance and our future.”

Washington State University in Pullman, Washington is one of the new members and the first university accepted to the Performance Track program. The university has committed to decreasing air pollutants by constructing and using a new energy plant for its campus. By 2005, the university commits to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 50% and its sulfur dioxide emissions by more than 85%.

Additional examples of commitments made by the new Performance Track members include: 50% reduction in emissions of ozone depleting gases, 53% reduction in hazardous solid waste, 52% reduction in water use, and recycling and reduced energy consumption commitments.

The list of new Performance Track facilities includes:

  • CYRO Industries, Ark
  • Delta Faucet Company of Tennessee, Tenn
  • Eaton Hydraulics, SC
  • Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., Maine
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz
  • Grand Teton Lodge Company, Wyo
  • Infineon Technologies Richmond, LLP, Va
  • International Paper-Franklin Mill, Va
  • John Zink Company, LLC, Okla
  • Motorola, Inc., Ed Bluestein Facility, Texas
  • Nestle USA Danville, Va
  • Nexfor Fraser Papers, Inc., Maine
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Puerto Rico.
  • Rockwell Collins, Inc., 35th Street Operations and C Avenue Operations, Iowa
  • Spartech Polycom, NY
  • Stanley Furniture, Va
  • U.S. Borax, Inc., Calif
  • Verkamp’s Inc., Ark
  • Visteon Corporation, Chesterfield Plant, Mich
  • Washington State University, Wash
  • Webasto Roof Systems, Inc., Ky
  • Xanterra at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, SD
  • Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz
  • YH America, Inc., Ky

    Members in the Performance Track Program receive a range of incentives such as public recognition and low inspection priority. Facilities are also eligible for several kinds of administrative flexibility and streamlined administrative requirements that reduce costs and enable members to achieve better environmental results.

    In addition, members benefit from special services, including a learning network comprised of top environmental performers that has a mentoring program, tele-seminars, EPA roundtable discussions, and newsletters.