USA: Univ. of Massachusetts research institute releases list of top 100 corporate air polluters - top 10: DuPont, US Steel, ConocoPhillips, GE, Kodak, ExxonMobil, Ford, Tyson, Alcoa, ADM

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1 June 2006

Las 100 empresas más contaminantes de EEUU - lista de las empresas que ocupan los primeros diez lugares y sus respuestas (solamente en inglés)

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29 May 2006

[DOC] Response to Ford Motor Company from Political Economy Research Institute

Author: Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Univ. of Massachusetts [USA]

We thank Ford Motor Company for its willingness to engage in dialogue with the Political Economy Research Institute... We are pleased to learn that Ford Motor Company, which ranked seventh on the Toxic 100 list of Top Corporate Air Polluters, is committed to reducing toxic air emissions and its overall environmental impact. PERI looks forward to ongoing improvement in performance.

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25 May 2006

[DOC] Response to Alcoa from Political Economy Research Institute [USA]

Author: Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Univ. of Massachusetts [USA]

We thank Alcoa for its willingness to engage in dialogue with the Political Economy Research Institute... We are pleased to learn that Alcoa, which ranked ninth on the Toxic 100 list of Top Corporate Air Polluters, has been responsive and effective in its effort to reduce toxic air emissions. PERI looks forward to ongoing improvement in performance.

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25 May 2006

[DOC] Response to Archer Daniels Midland from Political Economy Research Institute [USA]

Author: Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Univ. of Massachusetts [USA]

We use toxic release data for 2002 because these are the most recent data available from the EPA's Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) project... We would welcome more frequent and up-to-date publication of RSEI data from EPA [US Environmental Protection Agency]... We are pleased to learn that Archer Daniels Midland Corporation, which ranked tenth on the Toxic 100 list of Top Corporate Air Polluters, has been responsive and effective in its effort to reduce toxic air emissions. PERI looks forward to reporting ongoing improvement in Archer Daniels Midland's environmental performance.

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25 May 2006

[DOC] Response to DuPont Corporation from Political Economy Research Institute [USA]

Author: Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Univ. of Massachusetts [USA]

We thank Du Pont Corporation for its willingness to engage in dialogue with the Political Economy Research Institute... We are pleased to learn that Du Pont Corporation, which ranked first on the Toxic 100 list of Top Corporate Air Polluters, has been responsive and effective in its effort to reduce toxic air emissions. PERI looks forward to ongoing improvement in performance.

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25 May 2006

[DOC] Response to Eastman Kodak from Political Economy Research Institute [USA]

Author: Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Univ. of Massachusetts [USA]

The US Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) database is a peer-reviewed, state-of-the-art method for assessing the chronic human health risk posed by industrial toxic releases... TRI [Toxic Release Inventory] data are now available through 2004... Kodak's decrease in Hazard [a related score] from 2002, the most recent year of RSEI data available, to 2004, the most recent year of TRI data available, is approximately 14 percent. A decrease of 14 percent in Kodak's Toxic Score would still place Eastman Kodak among the Top 10 on the current Toxic 100. Greater emission reductions would be needed to drop Kodak from the top 10 of the Toxic 100.

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25 May 2006

[DOC] Response to General Electric Corporation from Political Economy Research Institute [USA]

Author: Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Univ. of Massachusetts [USA]

The US Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) database is a peer-reviewed, state-of-the-art method for assessing the chronic human health risk posed by industrial toxic releases... The RSEI data are indeed intended for screening and comparative purposes, and PERI uses this feature of the RSEI data in constructing the Toxic 100. By using RSEI data, the Toxic 100 allows comparison between the health risks posed by air pollution released by different companies.

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25 May 2006

[DOC] Response to US Steel from Political Economy Research Institute [USA]

Author: Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Univ. of Massachusetts [USA]

PERI's practice is to assign ownership of polluting facilities on the basis of the most recent available data because this information is of greatest utility to shareholders and other stakeholders regarding the party currently responsible for the plants that released the toxic substances. We believe that when a corporation takes control of particular polluting facilities, they also take responsibility for the past pollution created by those facilities... PERI hopes that improved environmental performance since US Steel Corporation's acquisition of these plants will reduce US Steel's Toxic Score, and PERI will publish new data as these become available from EPA [US Environmental Protection Agency].

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Company response
23 May 2006

Response of Alcoa to “Toxic 100” ranking

Author: Alcoa

Operating in a manner that protects and promotes the health and well-being of the environment is a core value to Alcoa. In 2001, we developed an initial set of long-range goals to be achieved by 2020, with routine measurement to track our progress. We updated these goals in early 2006 as part of a larger initiative to enhance Alcoa's sustainability framework... We have made significant progress against many of our goals... For more detailed information on Alcoa's sustainability programs and performance please visit our website http://www.alcoa.com/global/en/about_alcoa/sustainability/home.asp

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Company response
23 May 2006

Response of Archer Daniels Midland to “Toxic 100” ranking

Author: Archer Daniels Midland

The reported emissions used for this ranking system are from 2002. In 2003, ADM [Archer Daniels Midland] commenced a 10-year program to reduce emissions from its major U.S. facilities by approximately 65,000 tons per year over a period of ten years. As those reductions are realized, ADM’s score will be greatly reduced under the methodology used by the Institute. Notably, emissions of a single compound at a single facility account for nearly 70% of ADM’s total score. However, when the controls planned for that facility are completed, those emissions will be reduced by greater than 95% and may be reduced to nearly zero...

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