Spokane, WA, Nov. 16, 2005 — Itron Inc. announced that its manufacturing plant located in Waseca, Minnesota, was named a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Environmental Performance Track program, joining more than 300 U.S. companies that consistently exceed environmental regulation standards.
Since June 2000, Performance Track members have been taking extra steps to reduce and prevent pollution, while improving productivity, according to the EPA. Results show that participants have saved enough energy to power approximately 30,000 households for a year, reduced their use of hazardous materials by nearly 18,000 tons, and cut their solid waste by 176,000 tons.
Itron qualified for the program through its past achievements, continuous commitment to environmental compliance, and implementation of a strong environmental management system. EPA and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reviewed the application and verified that Itron has achieved sustained compliance with environmental standards.
As part of Performance Track, Itron is eligible for numerous program benefits, including EPA recognition and administrative and regulatory incentives that cut paperwork, increase flexibility, and help facilities focus on environmental improvement. Members also have access to the Performance Track Network, a partnership with trade associations, membership organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and other government agencies.