Five more businesses join voluntary industry group
Five Indiana businesses were inducted into the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention (Partners) during the organization’s 16th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show on September 26 at The Palms Banquet and Conference Center in Plainfield, Indiana.
More than 300 industry and government professionals from Indiana and across the country attended the ceremony, where the new members were welcomed by Thomas Easterly, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Rick Bossingham, IDEM assistant commissioner, and Ron Allen of Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing and Partners executive director.
The five businesses join 69 other Indiana facilities and companies that have joined Partners by pledging to implement pollution prevention in their operations and activities. The inductees are:
· Bio Response Solutions: Located in Pittsboro, Hendricks County, Bio Response Solutions is a manufacturer of biowaste treatment systems for pharmaceutical, government, institutional, and foreign biocontainment and production applications. The company employs nine people at this location.
· DSM Coating Resins, Inc.: Located in Frankfort, Clinton County. DSM Coating Resins produces specialty coatings for the architectural and graphic arts industry. The company employs 31 people at this location.
· Keihin Indiana Manufacturing: Located in Greenfield, Hancock County, Keihin Indiana Manufacturing is a Tier 1 Automotive parts company that manufactures fuel management systems and transmission control units. The company employs 1,237 people at this location.
· Raytheon Company: Located in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Raytheon Company develops defense technologies and converts those technologies for use in commercial markets. The company employs approximately 750 people at this location.
· SET Environmental, Inc.: Located in Mooresville, Morgan County, SET Environmental provides comprehensive environmental management services. The company employs 10 people at this location.
Partners members share information about their pollution prevention projects with one another and other industries, businesses, nonprofit organizations and government organizations who want to learn about increasing energy efficiency, reducing and reusing waste materials, switching to less toxic chemicals, and conserving water. In addition to reducing their environmental impacts, businesses that implement pollution prevention measures often save money in the long-run. “Pollution prevention helps the economy, the environment, and all Hoosiers” said Easterly.
The Indiana Partners began in 1998. IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance works closely with the Partners by coordinating the program and promoting and encouraging networking opportunities, voluntary pollution prevention activities, and participation in state recognition programs. September 15 through 21, 2013, was proclaimed as Pollution Prevention Week in Indiana in recognition of pollution prevention in Indiana, including the partnership between IDEM, the Partners and Indiana industry.
The organization provides networking opportunities and features speakers on a variety of topics, updates on environmental regulations, and pollution prevention success stories at quarterly meetings and its Annual Conference and Trade Show. This year’s conference was co-hosted by The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), a national organization that promotes the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce pollution at the source. A two-day event for the first time in its history, the conference drew national attendees and offered training and presentations on current practices. Outstanding achievements of Indiana businesses, including five companies that received Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence, were highlighted,.
Information about the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention can be found at www.idem.IN.gov/ppp. Businesses who wish to learn more about the program or receive emails about upcoming events may contact Rachael Yanni, program coordinator with IDEM, at (317) 234-4053 (direct), (800) 988-7901 (toll free), or RYanni1@idem.IN.gov.
About IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance
IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance houses IDEM’s Confidential Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) and Pollution Prevention and Recycling Section. CTAP was established to help Indiana businesses achieve compliance with environmental regulations with staff who are experts on air, water, and waste regulations. CTAP staff work with businesses to assess the environmental compliance of their entire facility or can help address concerns about a particular process or regulation. CTAP provides on-site consultations, permit application assistance, training, and workshops. Services offered by CTAP are free and confidential. The Pollution Prevention and Recycling Section works with businesses, communities, citizens and municipalities to encourage pollution prevention and recycling through networking opportunities, recognition programs, and various outreach strategies. For information on pollution prevention programs and resources, including CTAP, visit www.idem.IN.gov/prevention.
IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.