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RELEASE: 7/17/01
CONTACT: Amy Collings or Loretta O'Donnell
(609) 984-1795 or 609-292-2994


Bristol-Myers-Squibb Co. has become the seventh organization in New Jersey to be accepted into a new state program that promotes pollution prevention and environmental excellence.

At a signing ceremony at the company's Lawrenceville facility today, State Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Shinn praised the firm's management and employees for its actions that made it eligible to participate in the state's Silver & Gold Track Program for Environmental Performance. To be eligible, a company must have a good environmental record for the past five years, with all plans, permits and approvals in good standing.

"This is a voluntary, incentive-based program that initiates an exciting, partnership approach to more effective environmental management in New Jersey," said Commissioner Shinn. "We are committed to proving that when businesses focus on pollution prevention, energy conservation, innovative technologies and recycling, it's good for business, and good for the environment."

Under the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Silver Track program, eligible companies are provided incentives such as public recognition, expedited permit processing, and a single point of contact within DEP, for committing to achieve demonstrable and measurable improvements in their environmental performance. In the second level of the program, Silver Track II, participants must also achieve verifiable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and, in turn, are offered a limited degree of operational flexibility. In the third level, Gold Track, participants also must reduce other hazardous air pollutants, commit to enhanced handling, treatment and storage of hazardous wastes, reduce water consumption and water discharges and undertake other energy efficiency and pollution prevention activities.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb facilities in Lawrenceville and Hopewell are participating in the Silver Track program. Other Silver Track participants include the National Energy Group facilities in Logan Twp. and Carney's Point, Stepan Co. in Fieldsboro, New Jersey Air National Guard, 177th Fighter Wing in Egg Harbor Twp., and the Naval Air Engineering Station in Lakehurst.

For more information on the program, contact the DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and Permit Coordination at 609-292-3600 or visit


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