Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | December 1, 2008

Environmental lawyer Sanders says Koppers enrolls into U.S. EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities to reduce use or release of toxic chemicals.

Koppers Inc., has enrolled in U.S. EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP). The program encourages manufacturing organizations to form partnerships with EPA and to commit to reduce the use or release of any of 31 priority chemicals.  

As a new NPEP partner, Koppers Inc. has committed to reduce waste at its Follansbee, W.Va. plant and has voluntarily committed to a source reduction goal of 50,154 pounds of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (PACs) and 8,680 pounds of Benzo(ghi)perylene by December 2009. In addition, Koppers committed to a recycling and recovery goal of 13,049 pounds of PACs and 1,000 pounds of Benzo(ghi)perylene by December 2009.  

 

PACs are a group of chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil, gas, crude oil, coal, coal tar pitch, creosote, and roofing tar. Benzo(g,h,i)perylene is one of a group of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and like PACs, Benzo(g,h,i)perylene is also created when products like coal, oil, gas, and garbage are burned but the burning process is not complete.

 

Koppers has a railroad crosstie treating facility in Guthrie, Kentucky.  Koppers creosote treated wood products from Kentucky are used throughout the U.S.

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