Bandit Industries is the recipient of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) award in recognition of efforts to reduce hazardous chemicals through the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) program. The award will be presented to Bandit Industries on September 7 at Bandit’s world headquarters in Remus, Mich. A short presentation from the EPA will accompany the ceremony. The letter below from the EPA describes the program and the significance of the achievement.
Bandit Industries located in Remus, Michigan, Awarded by the US EPA
Bandit Industries in Remus, Michigan is being recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for mercury reductions taken at their plant. These reductions were achieved as part of the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) program, which is a voluntary reduction program. The NPEP program is focused on promoting source reduction, working to identify environmentally preferable alternatives, fostering technology transfer, and cultivating collaborative relationships between EPA and public and private organizations.
NPEP partners reduced over 30 million pounds of priority and other potentially hazardous chemicals since the program began in 2004.
Bandit Facilities Manager Louie Jensen conducted an inventory of mercury-containing devices at the company’s facilities in Remus. Mercury is a metal contained in many consumer and commercial products, typically used in extremely small amounts weighing mere ounces. Should this mercury become exposed, vapor from the metal can be absorbed through the lungs that may result in adverse health effects.
Upon completion of the inventory, Bandit Industries made a decision to move forward with the replacement of these devices using products not containing mercury. As a result of these efforts, Bandit was able to remove three pounds of mercury from their facilities.
Bandit Industries has demonstrated that chemical management can improve an organization’s environmental and economic performance. The goal also helped to raise awareness regarding the dangers of mercury to both human health and the environment.
Janet L. Haff
Waste Minimization Coordinator
U.S. EPA – Region 5