Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Five Area Firms to Trim Chemical Usage

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Five Area Firms to Trim Chemical Usage

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Journal Record Staff Reporter

Cutting down on 15 target chemicals released by businesses into the Oklahoma environment is the goal of a program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

Five Oklahoma City metro area companies are participating in "Target '98," which aims to reduce the designated chemicals by at least 50 percent by 1998. Included are Ted Davis Manufacturing Co., AT T Network Systems and Fred Jones Manufacturing Co. in Oklahoma City, Commander Aircraft Co. in Bethany, and A.H. Metal Fabricators Inc. in Moore.

The chemicals are ammonia, ammonium nitrate, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, toluene, dichloromethane, methyl ethyl ketone, xylene, lead, chromium, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, 1,1,2-trichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, nitric acid and styrene.

The companies have pledged to reduce from one to three different chemicals each by as much as 100 percent, according to the environmental department. "Preventing pollution before it is created is one of the top priorities of the DEQ," said Mark Coleman, executive director. "We commend these companies for their commitment to the Target '98 Program and hope that many other companies will join in the future."

Bob Blosser, plant maintenance supervisor at Fred Jones Manufacturing, said the company "made a voluntary commitment to go through all the chemicals we use in the plant, and find out what quantities of these products they want us to cut back on we're using, and try to find some alternative products that will do the same thing."

Plant officials also looked at how products were being used, questioning whether a certain type of chemical was necessary to do a particular job, Blosser said.

"I think Fred Jones has always been very much concerned with the environment. We do not manifest any hazardous waste from our facility, and for a company that has approximately 900 people and does the amount of manufacturing that we do, that's fairly rare," he said. …

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