Louisiana Pacific Corp. reduced toxic-air emissions at its wood-products facility in Hines, Ore., to less than 10 percent of the total annual levels allowed by Oregon law. It is also selling left-over wood shavings to recyclers for $100,000 annually, which previously cost the company $100,000 to dispose of properly.
LSI Logic Corp. was recognized for a cleanup program at its chip-fabrication factory in Gresham, Ore. During the past two years, the company reduced the use of toxic chemicals by 25,000 gallons, recycled another 51,000 gallons, and saved 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity. The company is also experimenting with a new water recycling system that could save as much as 180 millions gallons of water a year.
With the greater flexibility that comes with the "green permits," qualifying companies can save money by not having to spend so much time on regulatory matters. Other businesses around the country have recently begun following similar environmental management programs to avoid run-ins with regulatory agencies and maximize savings. Green permits are being issued in 14 other states and the Environmental Protection Agency is implementing a similar program at the national level.