Thursday, March 27 2008
Governor praises 9 Hoosier companies for environmental leadership
Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) today announced 9 new members to Indiana's Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). The members were accepted into the program after agreeing to continuous environmental improvements and demonstrating long-term compliance with environmental laws.
"These 9 Hoosier businesses are models for others and proof positive that sound environmental management is simply good for business," said Daniels.
These businesses are ESP's newest members:
"ESP members voluntarily eliminate wastes, preserve resources and protect the environment. They deserve recognition for going beyond basic requirements of the law," said Thomas W. Easterly, commissioner of IDEM, the state agency that manages ESP.
Efforts during their first year of membership will result in:
ESP recognizes businesses that have a strong record of environmental compliance, set goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond their legal requirements, have internal systems in place to manage their environmental impacts, engage in community outreach and consistently report results.
In return for outstanding environmental action, ESP members can receive accelerated permit review, flexibility in permitting, less frequent data review and other benefits that will aid the company without loosening current environmental regulations.
This is the second year of the ESP program and there are 33 members participating in this initiative.
For immediate release: Mar 26, 2008