|Date:||Mon, 23 Feb 1998 16:40:52 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||Success Story?? Remanufacturing Industry & Brownfields Sites|
Hello Everyone, I came across a press release about the RICI (Remanufacturing Industries Council International). Symposium in Washington DC. I've included the pertinent brownfields related excerpts from the release. Supposedly remanufacturers are in a position to help protect the environment, create jobs and revitalize American cities. The following is an example of a remanufacturer expanded its facilities to an adjacent brownfields site. Tony Chenhansa CAREER/PRO The full press release can be found at the url: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/980223/cardone_in_1.html .... The chief executive officer of CARDONE Industries, Philadelphia, was one of the speakers to address key environmental and economic issues facing the $53 billion remanufacturing industry. ``Cardone Industries has made a commitment to recycle its waste,'' Cardone said. ``We've placed a priority on reuse and recycling above disposal. Remanufacturers are helping to save disposal capacity, conserve natural resources and reduce pollution. ``Today, there are an estimated 400,000 brownfields in the United States. Cardone added. ''We believe one of the keys to success is to manage industrial activity to avoid creating contaminated sites in the first place.`` Congress has approved a tax deduction of $2 billion over 5 years for first-year cleanup costs of brownfields -- abandoned industrial sites -- and the EPA has a brownfield budget of $87 million, so more than 100 communities will receive $200,000 for clean-up projects. Cardone has looked beyond just the dollars and cents and asked what his company could do for the environment. The results: CARDONE Industries has kept its operations in the cities so employees could walk to work or rely on public transportation. And when the company expanded its operations, it did so on the site of a former commercial facility, instead of on a vacant lot. ``In addition to this, we seek ways to improve waste management and reduce waste output through recycling and reuse,'' Cardone said. ``It reduces our operating costs and allows us to pass along savings to consumers. After all, recycling is one of the purposes of our industry. So it's a practice we follow every day.''
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