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January 27, 2010 601/961-5277
MDEQ ACCEPTS CATERPILLAR INTO enHANCE PROGRAM
(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) recently accepted Caterpillar’s High Performance Extrusion facility in Oxford as a Leader in its enHance program. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties, and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can choose from three tiers: Associate, Steward, or Leader.
“We are pleased that Caterpillar’s Oxford facility has joined the enHance program, and they should be commended for their commitment to doing good work and their leadership in achieving standards beyond their environmental permit requirements,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.
Commenting on the acceptance into the enHance program, Oxford facility manager Kevin Kempa said: “This validates all of the hard work and dedication exhibited by the staff at the Caterpillar High Performance Extrusion facility in Oxford. Caterpillar is very committed to operating its facilities in a sustainable manner which is good for our business, our customers, and the communities where we work and live.”
The enHance 2010 class includes three Leaders: Caterpillar High Performance Extrusions (Oxford), Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) (Gulfport), and Southern Natural Gas - Pickens Station (Pickens). Five Stewards were selected: Columbus Brick (Columbus), Leaf River Cellulose, LLC (New Augusta), Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Gulfport), Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (Ocean Springs), and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Pascagoula). The three Associate members are: Choctaw Gas Generation (Ackerman), GDF SUEZ Red Hills Power Plant (Ackerman), and Gulf States Manufacturers - a Nucor Company (Starkville).
Information about the program is available at: http://www.deq.state.ms.us/enhance.
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