Greatbatch Medical of Minneapolis won a pollution prevention award for dramatically reducing use of toxic degreasing chemicals.
Moving away from toxics
Minnesota businesses are the best in the nation at reducing or eliminating some dangerous pollutants, according to a Toxic Release Inventory report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This information is reported by manufacturing and other industrial facilities around the U.S. 2013 data showed Minnesota led the nation in implementing measures that resulted in toxic reductions. These activities helped contribute to a reduction of nearly 1 million pounds in toxic releases from 2012 to 2013 in Minnesota.
What are some examples of pollution prevention or source reduction activities?
- An electroplating facility in Minneapolis reduced their releases of solvents by nearly 50 percent after changing to an aqueous cleaning system for some of their processes.
- Logic PD of Montevideo and Eden Prairie and Benchmark Electronics of Rochester and Winona are leading the way in pollution prevention by working with their customers to change product specifications to allow lead-free solders to be used in the printed circuit assemblies they manufacture.
- Reworking production schedules allowed a paint and coating manufacturer in Blaine to reduce their generation of solvent waste by 42 percent by making feedstock changeovers and minimizing solvent use.
“MPCA and our partners congratulate Minnesota companies for their continued leadership in driving down environmental impacts and driving up the efficiency of their operations” says MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine.
The MPCA works with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program to help Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment.