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MVMA HOSTS AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIER POLLUTION PREVENTION FORUM

 MVMA HOSTS AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIER POLLUTION PREVENTION FORUM
 DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Voluntary pollution prevention programs with government and industry working in a "new relationship of cooperation and mutual trust," could be the foundation for further success in protecting the environment, the president of the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association (MVMA) said here today.
 MVMA's Thomas H. Hanna, opening the Automotive Supplier Pollution Prevention Forum hosted by his association, cited major steps taken by Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) in a voluntary pollution prevention program aimed at reducing releases of persistent toxic substances into the Great Lakes Basin.
 The meeting brought together manufacturers and their suppliers to review the program's progress -- and gain the support and involvement of suppliers in the Great Lakes region. Michigan Gov. John Engler and Michael Deland, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, addressed the forum, which included representatives of U.S. federal and state governments, the Canadian government, MVMA of Canada, the United Auto Workers and environmental groups.
 Hanna said the Great Lakes Automotive Pollution Prevention Project, agreed to by the Big Three and the state of Michigan last year, is a "voluntary effort that goes beyond any current statutory or regulatory requirements."
 The manufacturers and MDNR have established the criteria and identified some 65 persistent toxic substances that have an adverse impact on the Great Lakes.
 "I think the motor vehicle manufacturers and MDNR were somewhat apprehensive about how a list of toxic substances would be established," Hanna told the suppliers.
 "However, a new spirit of a common goal and a willingness to build trust became the linchpins for success."
 He said the companies are now surveying their manufacturing operations and facilities to determine the processes which use the toxic substances and to develop systems to reduce them.
 Under the agreement, the companies share non-proprietary technology with each other and with their suppliers.
 "I want to emphasize that the program is truly voluntary in all aspects," Hanna said. "While there are no pre-set targets for reductions of the persistent toxics, all parties certainly recognize their serious responsibilities to show meaningful progress.
 "Because the Great Lakes Automotive Pollution Prevention Project looks at responsible cost-effective solutions, it represents still another contribution to our industry's competitiveness.
 "As suppliers to Chrysler, Ford and General Motors," Hanna said, "you are an essential group that is key to the success of this voluntary initiative."
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 /CONTACT: Gene McKinney or Ed Lewis of the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of the United States, 202-775-2716/ CO: Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of the United States ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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