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IBM East Fishkill and IBM Endicott receive Governor's Pollution Prevention Awards

IBM East Fishkill and IBM Endicott were the large company Award recipients

15 Jan 2002 -- New York Governor George E. Pataki has announced that IBM East Fishkill and IBM Endicott were selected to receive 2001 Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention. The awards were presented at a ceremony held Monday, January 14, 2002 at the headquarters of the State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany. Now in their eighth year, the Governor's Awards are given to organizations for their outstanding efforts to reduce pollution at its source and promote cleaner air, land and water. They recognize pollution prevention projects or practices that go beyond regulatory requirements and successfully reduce or eliminate the generation of pollution. Organizations eligible for awards include small, mid-sized or large businesses; federal, state and local governments and educational institutions; and trade associations or other business/industry groups. IBM East Fishkill and IBM Endicott were the large company award recipients.

"By working with businesses throughout our State to protect public health and our environment, we have made New York a national leader in reducing pollution," Governor Pataki said. "Each year more businesses in New York are recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of reducing pollution at its source."

"These organizations have implemented innovative projects that demonstrate how environmental protection can be incorporated into effective business practices," the Governor said. "I commend them and all the organizations working with us to reduce and eliminate pollution."

IBM's East Fishkill plant received the Governor's Award for projects within its overall strategy for continual improvement in waste minimization and pollution prevention, including reductions in hazardous waste generation, hazardous air pollutants and chemical use, and water and energy conservation projects. The projects provided a 63 percent reduction in Toxic Release Inventory emissions through total elimination of perchloroethylene in manufacturing operations and other actions; annual hazardous waste minimization of 15% - 34% from 1997 - 2000; energy conservation and cost avoidance of 6.6% - 28% from 1997 - 2000; a 20.3 percent reduction in water usage from 1998 to 1999; and development of a master energy pilot program that is projected to save $1.2 million annually. Overall, the facility's projected annual savings from pollution prevention projects is approximately $5.5 million.

IBM Endicott was recognized with the Governor's Award for a project in which a team of employees re-engineered a manufacturing process during the development of a new chip carrier product line. The new process eliminated the use of numerous solvents and chemicals, replacing them with aqueous-based processes. By utilizing the aqueous-based process, the facility was also able to eliminate associated emissions and wastes that required off-site treatment. In addition to eliminating the use and discharges of n-butyl acetate and methyl napthalene compounds, Toxic Release Inventory reporting has been eliminated for five other compounds including perchloroethylene, xylene, phenol, o-dichlorobenzene and ethyl benzene. Annual benefits include elimination of 110,000 pounds of air emissions and 5.6 million pounds of off-site waste disposal. The total cost savings for this project is $5.7 million annually, as a result of increased production efficiency and reductions in chemical use and waste disposal costs.

Applications for the awards are judged by a panel of representatives from the business community, and environmental and government organizations according to the project's success in reducing toxic or hazardous pollution, as well as the overall environmental record of the applicant, the economic benefits of the project, the extent of employee participation, management commitment and the applicability of the project to others.