1998 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Career/Pro <cpro@igc.apc.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 16:40:52 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
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

Tony Chenhansa

The full press release can be found at the url:

.... 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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