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IBM AND ORANGE COUNTY WIN NATIONAL POLLUTION PREVENTION AWARDS

 IBM AND ORANGE COUNTY WIN NATIONAL POLLUTION PREVENTION AWARDS
 SAN FRANCISCO, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the winners of the EPA Administrator's Awards program for achievements in pollution prevention. Of the 17 winners nationwide, two are in California: IBM's San Jose disk drive development and manufacturing facility, and the Sanitation Districts of Orange County.
 "It gives me great pleasure to recognize the accomplishments of the employees of a major California business and a local government agency that are leading the nation in pollution prevention efforts," said Daniel W. McGovern, administrator of U.S. EPA's western regional office. "Their efforts have shown that a clean environment is compatible with competitive, efficient industries. Furthermore, the 115 applications we received indicate that the concept of pollution prevention is really catching on."
 The San Jose IBM plant was one of the world's largest users of chloroflourocarbons (CFC), which are largely responsible for depleting the earth's protective atmospheric ozone layer. Five years ago, IBM plant managers and employees began changing manufacturing processes to reduce their use of CFC's. The results have been dramatic: A 95 percent cut in CFC use, and a complete phaseout of CFC's projected by the end of this year. In addition, the global computer firm has shared its technology with other companies in an effort to further reduce CFC use worldwide.
 The Orange County Sanitation Districts have been working with local industries over the past eight years to reduce the flow of toxics into the county's sewers. The results are outstanding: Heavy metals in the county's industrial wastewater have been cut by 50 percent, and 95 percent of all the metal finishers and federally regulated industries have made changes that reduce water usage and reduce the levels of hazardous waste in their effluent.
 Other finalists for pollution prevention awards from U.S. EPA's western region (California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands) include:
 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council's Harvest of Hope project assessed the feasibility of reducing pesticide use in agriculture by changing farming techniques. The group concluded that pesticide use can be reduced 25 percent to 80 percent, depending on what crop is grown.
 -- The California League of Women Voters' Cleaning Up Toxics campaign produced two half-hour television programs on source reduction of hazardous waste. One was about hazardous materials in the home; the other dealt with small businesses. Both were distributed free of charge to cable and broadcast stations.
 -- Zond Systems Inc. of Tehachapi, Calif. developed the Sky River wind power station, which uses 342 wind turbines to produce enough power to meet the needs of a city of 32,000 people.
 -- The California Department of Toxic Substances Control's Waste Minimization Program has a variety of promising projects and grants to encourage businesses and local governments to reduce the hazardous waste they generate.
 -- The Los Angeles City Board of Public Works' Hazardous and Toxic Materials Office coordinates waste minimization efforts in city government and private industry. It provides technical assistance, seminars and workshops, mailings, and a technical library and information clearinghouse on pollution prevention.
 The 10 remaining nominees from U.S. EPA's western region were California's Local Government Commission, based in Sacramento, Calif., FUZETRON Inc. of La Mesa, Calif., Northrop Corp. B-2 Division, Pico Rivera, Calif., the Public Utilities Department of Anaheim, Calif., the Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan Air Force Base, the Los Angeles Wastewater Program Management Division, the East Bay Municipal Utility District Wastewater Department, the Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego County, Calif., the Hawaiian Electric Co., Honolulu, and the Lockheed Aircraft Service Co., Ontario, Calif.
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