Monday AM October 13th, 2008

image of Environmental Protection Agency's logoThe Environmental Protection Agency's 2008 Sector Performance Report looks at the environmental performance of various manufacturing and business sectors of the U.S. economy. It studies oil and gas, food and beverage manufacturing, construction, ports, chemical manufacturing and seven other sectors. The EPA's Tom Tyler says manufacturers are improving environmental performance, which also improves economic competitiveness.

"I wouldn't make that case if it wasn't made to me by the businesses themselves. But I work with the steel sector directly, and and many of the companies there that have made improvements that have improved their environmental performance. They've often made, you know, strides in efficiency at the same time and find in the end they're spending less on waste management, they have fewer pollution permits to keep track of, and in general, they're more competitive and more efficient."

The report, available on EPA's Web site, provides expanded analysis of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Well, among the things that was really interesting for us was looking at 'what are the different types of fuel that the different sectors use?' and it's really important to look at whether they're using it as an energy source or as a raw material or both. And so we're trying to lay out for the reader kind of what are the fuels they use, and as we look at different policy options, what kinds of flexibility they have and what might be the best paths to move forward."

Besides air emissions, the report looks at water discharges and waste disposal.

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

 

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