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EPA/INDUSTRY PROGRAM TO CUT 300 MILLION POUNDS OF TOXIC WASTE

EPA/INDUSTRY PROGRAM TO CUT 300 MILLION POUNDS OF TOXIC WASTE
 SAN FRANCISCO, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Administrator William K. Reilly today announced that in response to U.S. EPA's 33/50 Program, 734 U.S. corporations have collectively pledged to reduce their emissions of 17 high-priority toxic chemicals by 304 million pounds -- an average 50 percent reduction per company. The 33/50 Program, which was launched by Reilly in January 1991, is a voluntary EPA pollution prevention initiative to reduce toxics generation at the source.
 Industry participation has grown threefold in the 33/50 Program with company commitments up from 236 in July 1991 to 734 today. Actual reductions pledged by these companies have risen since July from 201 million to 304 million pounds, which is the equivalent of 10,000 fully-loaded 52-foot tanker trucks, stretched end to end for 100 miles.
 "Strong, early industry response is an indication that this voluntary, direct action approach is working," Reilly said. "A growing number of companies are discovering the very real competitive advantage of taking steps to prevent pollution by reducing waste early in the manufacturing process. It's common sense and it's more efficient. And it's more cost effective than paying for treatment, off-site transfer and disposal.
 "On the first anniversary of the 33/50 Program, I am asking for industry's continued support and aggressive follow-through on the commitments essential to meeting our national goal of reducing 700 million pounds of toxic releases by 1995," said Reilly. "In addition to the pollution reductions, I have a sense we are seeing a revolution among some corporate leaders in their environmental strategies. The pollution prevention approach is taking root."
 The 33/50 Program derives its name from U.S. EPA's national reduction goals for 17 high-priority pollutants (list follows) using the 1988 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) of chemical releases and transfers as a baseline. Under the TRI, companies have been required since 1987 to report annually the amount of toxic chemicals they release into the environment or transfer to other facilities. The data are available to the public through a nationwide computer database.
 Six hundred of the 6,000 companies invited by U.S. EPA to participate in the 33/50 Program account for almost 80 percent of the total 1.4 billion pounds of releases or transfers of the 17 priority pollutants. Almost half of these 600 companies have submitted voluntary reduction commitments to the program totalling 245 million pounds.
 COMPANIES MAKING 33/50 PROGRAM COMMITMENTS
 WITH HEADQUARTERS IN U.S. EPA REGION 9
 Arizona:
 Burr-Brown Corp.
 Dial Corp.
 Gilbert Engineering
 Phoenix Heat Treating Inc.
 Tusonix Inc.
 California:
 AJ Industries Inc.
 AACCO Foundry Inc.
 Ameron Inc.
 Anabolic Inc.
 Atlantic Richfield
 Artistic Polishing & Plating
 Automation Plating Corp.
 CPG International Inc.
 Caddock Electronics Inc.
 Calsonic International Inc.
 Canon Business Machines Inc.
 Caspian Inc.
 Chemical Milling International
 Chevron Corp.
 Commercial Enameling Co.
 Crown City Plating Co.
 Deft Inc.
 Duncan Financial Corp.
 Electronic Chrome Co.
 Emerald Packaging Inc.
 Fleet Aerospace Inc.
 Great Western Foam Products
 GTI Corp.
 HCC Industries
 Hewlett-Packard Co.
 Hi-Shear Industries Inc.
 Honda of America
 House of Packaging Inc.
 Intel Corp.
 Kaiser Electroprecision
 Lockheed Corp.
 Lustre-Cal Nameplate Corp.
 MacDonald Carbide Co.
 Manner Plastic Materials
 Mask-Off Co.
 Memorex Corp.
 Metromedia Technologies
 Monarch Litho Inc.
 Newport Adhesives and Composites
 Northrop Corp.
 Nupla Corp.
 Occidental Petroleum Corp.
 Ohline Corp.
 Optical Coating Laboratory
 Orcon Corp.
 Pacific Alloy Castings
 Potlatch Corp.
 RGF Enterprises Inc.
 Rockwell International Corp.
 Rohr Industries
 Salz Leathers Inc.
 Sanden of America Inc.
 Sem Paint Co.
 Suba Manufacturing Inc.
 Sunset Fireplace Fixtures
 Syntex USA Inc.
 Unocal Corp.
 Uss-Posco Industries
 Valley Plating Works Inc.
 Varian Associates Inc.
 Velie Circuits Inc.
 Waltco Engineering Co.
 Western Tube & Conduit
 Zimmerman Holdings Inc.
 Hawaii:
 Honolulu Wood Treating Co.
 Nevada:
 Day & Zimmerman/Basil
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. EPA ST: California, Nevada; Arizona IN: SU:


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