Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Assistant Commissioner Rick Bossingham presented a certificate to Elkhart-based Nickell Moulding Co., Inc. for achieving membership in IDEM's Environmental Stewardship Program during a ceremony held at the facility, 3015 Mobile Dr., Elkhart. The company has committed to reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by training employees on the proper application of finishing material, engineering out products with higher emissions, and working with suppliers for alternative, low-VOC products. Efforts will result in an 800 pound reduction of VOC emissions.
"Nickell Moulding Co. has certainly earned its place as a new ESP member," said IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly. "When Hoosier businesses find opportunities to implement new processes that benefit both the environment and their bottom line, Indiana wins."
This is the fifth year of the ESP program, and currently there are 50 members. To become a member, a business must maintain an exemplary compliance record, certify that it has adopted and implemented an approved environmental management system, and commit to specific measures for continued improvement in its environmental performance.
ESP members qualify for expedited permit review, flexibility in permitting, reduced reporting frequencies, and coordination of compliance inspections in exchange for going above and beyond environmental requirements. To maintain ESP membership, companies must report on their environmental initiatives every year and reapply for ESP membership every three years. Additional information can be found by visiting www.idem.IN.gov/4132.htm.
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.
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