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EPA rewards seven Michelin facilities

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Seven Michelin North America Inc. manufacturing facilities have successfully qualified for membership in the National Environmental Performance Track program. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Performance Track is a voluntary program in which the EPA rewards both public and private facilities that consistently exceed regulatory requirements, work closely with their communities, and excel in protecting the environment and public health. To foster continuous improvement at member facilities, Performance Track offers the following incentives:

* recognition on both local and national levels,

* low inspection status, and

* regulatory changes to help ease reporting requirements and reduce other administrative costs.

"Respect for the environment is one of Michelin's Core Values. Those values are more than just words on paper, they are commitments we put into action every day," says Jim Micali, chairman and president.

Michelin manufacturing facilities accepted into the EPA Performance Track program are:

1. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: passenger and light truck tires.

2. Greenville, S.C.: passenger and light truck tires.

3. Spartanburg, S.C.: commercial truck tires.

4. Sandy Springs, S.C.: semi-finished products.

5. Dothan, Ala.: passenger and light truck tires.

6. Opelika, Ala.: passenger and light truck tires.

7. Starr, S.C.: semi-finished products.

"By working closely with the EPA and the states where we have a manufacturing presence, we intend to be industry leaders in environmental stewardship," says Micali. "Applying for and receiving membership to the EPA Performance Track program for seven of our facilities recognizes that leadership."

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