AT&T EXCEEDS GOALS SET BY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY UNDER AGENCY'S VOLUNTARY TOXIC EMISSIONS REDUCTION PROGRAM
AT&T EXCEEDS GOALS SET BY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
UNDER AGENCY'S VOLUNTARY TOXIC EMISSIONS REDUCTION PROGRAM
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) is the first company to meet the goals for reducing the release of toxic chemicals under the Environmental Protection Agency's voluntary Industrial Toxics Project (ITP).
The ITP, which was launched in February, called for nearly 600 U.S. companies to voluntarily reduce pollution caused by 17 high-priority toxic chemicals. The EPA set a nationwide goal of a 33 percent reduction in total releases by 1992, and a 50 percent reduction by 1995. The list of the 17 chemicals was drawn from the U.S. government's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), using 1988 as a base line, and includes releases into air, water, and ground.
"We're pleased that AT&T has taken a leadership role by meeting our goals early on, and we congratulate the company for being the first to achieve them," said William K. Reilly, EPA administrator. "We salute all of the companies that voluntarily participate in this program, and encourage them to follow the example that AT&T has set."
AT&T's toxic emissions reduction represents a decrease of 66 percent, from 6.4 million pounds in 1988 to 2.1 million pounds in 1990.
"Several years ago, AT&T made a voluntary commitment to reduce toxic air emissions worldwide, and that commitment positioned us to respond to the EPA's program goals," said David R. Chittick, environment and safety engineering vice president. "We set goals to reduce toxic air emissions that must be reported to the EPA by 50 percent this year, 95 percent by 1995, and to strive for 100 percent by the year 2000. Those were aggressive goals that actually went beyond what was required under the ITP program."
AT&T is reducing its use of chemicals on the EPA's "high priority" list in a number of ways. "For example, we're using alternative materials instead of solvents -- which are on the list -- for cleaning and drying electronic components," Chittick said. "And, in some processes, we've totally eliminated the need to clean circuit boards, thanks to new technology developed at AT&T Bell Laboratories."
AT&T's manufacturing facilities in Richmond, Va.; Little Rock, Ark.; Denver; Largo, Fla.; and Shreveport, La., have already reached the company's 95 percent toxic air emissions reduction milestone.
The company also plans to eliminate ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) emissions from its manufacturing operations completely by year-end 1994. CFC emissions have already been cut by 58 percent. AT&T's facilities in Little Rock; Largo; Denver; Montgomery, Ill.; Shreveport; Richmond; Monterrey and Matamoros, Mexico; Singapore; and Bangkok, Thailand completely eliminated emissions of CFCs from their manufacturing processes.
AT&T's environmental goals also include increasing recycling of paper to 35 percent by 1994, decreasing overall paper use by 15 percent in the same year, and reducing manufacturing process waste disposal by 25 percent by 1994.
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