LAVERGNE, Tenn. (Feb. 24, 2005) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Bridgestone/Firestone's LaVergne tire plant for strong environmental performance, joining five other BFS facilities in that distinction.
The Tennessee plant was accepted into the EPA's National Environmental Performance Track (NEPT) program, which rewards and recognizes companies that show a commitment to environmental performance that goes beyond current requirements. To gain acceptance, the plant fulfilled a number of requirements, including maintaining records of sustained compliance with environmental regulations and setting up safeguards to reduce environmental impacts.
“Gaining acceptance into NEPT is a testament to the LaVergne plant's ongoing commitment to environmental excellence,” said Greer Tidwell, director of environmental management for BFS.
Four other BFS plants—Des Moines, Iowa; Warren County, Tenn.; Aiken County, S.C.; and Oklahoma City—joined the program in 2000. The fifth, Bloomington, Ill., joined in 2003.