Lititz Company Receives National Recognition for Environmental Performance
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has chosen McNeil PPC (formerly known as Pfizer) of Lititz, Pennsylvania as one of the four top leaders in EPA’s nationwide performance track program.
“McNeil exemplifies how EPA’s performance track partners are ready, willing and able to go well beyond mandated requirements - - proving that doing what’s good for the environment is also good for the bottom line,” said mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Donald S. Welsh.
EPA’s performance track program recognizes facilities with strong environmental records for going above and beyond their legal requirements. Members include major corporations, small businesses and public facilities. They set measurable goals to improve the quality of our nation’s air, water and land. Since June 2000, 450 facilities in 46 states and Puerto Rico have become performance track members making a total of 1,500 environmental commitments.
McNeil, a leading manufacturer of consumer healthcare products, is a charter partner in the performance track program. McNeil has replaced all equipment containing ozone-depleting CFC refrigerants with less harmful models using HFC refrigerants. In addition, between 2003 and 2005 with a five percent production increase, the plant managed to reduce its annual energy use by 7,000 million BTUs - - a decrease of 6 percent, reduced its water use by 24 percent, and improved its condensate recovery system with the installation of new flash tanks, pumps, traps, and high pressure de-aeration equipment. These improvements help increase the life of filters and reduce the volume of water discharged to drains. Also, by adopting longer production cycles, the plant has reduced the number of changeovers and cleanings that are required.
EPA welcomes facilities to apply for membership. For more information, visit epa.gov/performancetrack/index.htm.
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