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BOEING HELPS PHILADELPHIA-BASED ORGANIZATION LAUNCH POLLUTION PREVENTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Defense and Space Group, Helicopters Division will pay $350,000 to the Institute for Cooperation in Environmental Management (ICEM) of Philadelphia to support a comprehensive pollution prevention assistance program for companies in eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
 ICEM, a non-profit organization that initiates and manages cooperative environmental projects, will use the funding to provide management and engineering assistance, without cost, to qualified companies. Special emphasis will be placed on helping companies institute programs to reduce the amount of hazardous waste produced. "Nothing will protect the environment and, at the same time, reduce operating costs, more effectively than a well-designed pollution prevention program," said Richard Cook, ICEM's president. A key element of pollution prevention is the reduction of the amount of waste produced, "... and this will save companies money," Cook added. Most programs pay for themselves in less than a year, he said.
 Boeing has agreed to support this program through ICEM under EPA's Supplemental Environmental Project procedure as part of a settlement of an administrative enforcement action pursuant to section 3008(a) of RCRA by the EPA, Region III against the Boeing Company. In its investigation covering more than 10 years of Boeing administrative procedures, EPA did not identify any harm to the environment or release of toxic or harmful substances. Boeing will also pay a civil penalty of $800,000 to the federal government. A number of administrative and record keeping violations were alleged.
 Under this agreement, the ICEM program will meet high standards for technical assistance and produce measurable results. The program was designed by ICEM after an extensive review of existing programs around the country. "We've taken the best of the best," Cook said. Retired licensed engineers with a strong manufacturing process background will be trained to help companies adopt demonstrated waste reduction technologies and operating procedures. Engineers will also look for opportunities to develop innovative approaches which will be made available nationally to other pollution prevention programs.
 ICEM's other programs, which address environmental issues in states from North Carolina to New Jersey, are based on cooperative action by industry, environmental groups, and local, state and federal government agencies. Public participation and information are key elements. Current programs involve various aspects of air quality, hazardous and toxic waste and growth management.
 Information about how to participate in this assistance program can be obtained by writing to ICEM, P.O. Box 27, Philadelphia, Pa. 19105. For information in the EPA administrative action, contact Nick Kernstock (Boeing), 215-591-2822.
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