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December 10th, 1997 – SAF Wins Pollution Prevention Award

NEWS STATUS: New Product News for Immediate Release December 10, 1997

Atlanta, GA- The Georgia Governor?s Pollution Prevention/Environmental Conference in Atlanta, October 30-31, 1997 was the occasion for the presentation of awards recognizing Georgia companies excelling in pollution prevention.  The Georgia Department of natural Resources Pollution Prevention Partners (P2AD) program awarded Southern Aluminum Finishing Company its ?Achievement? level award based on pollution prevention performance for 1992 through 1995.

The three levels in the P2AD program, in order of increasing pollution prevention performance, are Entry, Achievement, and Model. SAF was the only firm awarded the Achievement level and by far the smallest firm to participate in the program.  Three firms were awarded the higher ?Model? level, while more than ten companies were awarded the ?Entry? level.

The ?Achievement? level applied for by SAF was especially significant in light of the stringent improvement requirements, and the company?s achievements in a traditionally dirty industry.  Commitment to pollution prevention action has enabled SAF to significantly cut air emissions, waste water, hazardous waste, and solid waste.  ?The company?s commitment has not only helped keep the environment clean, but also cut SAF?s operating costs,? said SAF VP of production Jim McClatchey.  ?Energy usage ? always a major concern for anodizing and finishing operations ? is down 27% here at SAF.  We?ve also cut some environmentally unfriendly solvents completely out of our processing with no loss in product finish quality.?

The conference attendance reached its capacity of 500. Lonice Barrett, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Bob Kerr, P2AD Director, presented awards to about a dozen companies, mostly in the ?Entry? level.  In addition to public recognition, these companies enjoy the added benefit of a reduction in hazardous waste generator or toxic-release inventory fees.