EPA To Reward Higher Environmental Performance

July 6, 2000
EPA has increased its efforts to work with businesses which have achieved a higher environmental performance level beyond legal requirements.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency elevated its efforts to work with businesses which have achieved a higher environmental performance level beyond legal compliance requirements.

Under the National Environmental Performance Track program, the agency will reward companies which exceed minimum regulatory requirements and take extra steps to reduce and prevent pollution.

"Businesses that participate in this program are going beyond compliance to better protect public health and the environment," said EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner. "The Performance Track opportunity will be offered to companies which have demonstrated true leadership and deserve the benefits. We''re highlighting such companies as models of a higher level of environmental achievement."

The Performance Track is intended for top performing facilities and companies with a proven record of regulatory compliance, an operational Environmental Management System, and a demonstrated commitment to continued improvement and outreach to the local community and the public.

Performance will be defined for two levels.

  • The National Achievement track rewards companies that have a strong compliance record and have raised the bar by setting up an Environmental Management System, voluntarily reducing pollution and making commitments to further environmental improvement.
  • The National Environmental Stewardship track, which is still being developed, will encourage moving the bar even higher with a corporate commitment for stronger environmental improvement throughout its operations.

The Performance Track program is a culmination of EPA pilots such as Project XL. It builds on existing partnership efforts which have produced environmental and economic dividends.

Benefits for participants include national recognition, regulatory and administrative flexibility, a more cooperative relationship with EPA, a reduction in both recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and flexibility in meeting certain regulatory requirements.

There are two deadlines for application, Sept. 1 for charter applicants who will be notified in November and Sept. 30 for notification in December.

More information is available at: www.epa.gov/performancetrack.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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