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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 18, 2008

Environmental Excellence program recognizes industry

COLUMBIA – Sandvik Inc., in Westminster, S.C., has been recognized as one of the newest members of the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“The facility has shown a commitment to excellence by utilizing its environmental management system to manage its programs and foster continual improvement in its environmental performance,” said Bob King, DHEC’s deputy commissioner for Environmental Quality Control.

“Sandvik’s increased focus on the recycling process resulted in considerable waste disposal reductions in 2007,” King said. “Sandvik demonstrates leadership commitment towards our goal of improving South Carolina’s environment.”

Sandvik operates its cemented carbide plant, powder production plant and press tool plants in Westminster, South Carolina.

SCEEP is a voluntary initiative designed to recognize and reward South Carolina facilities that have demonstrated environmental performance through pollution prevention, energy and resource conservation, and the use of an environmental management system.

DHEC has supported the program since its creation in 1997 and there are 35 members. For more information, visit the Web pages at: http://www.scdhec.sc.gov/sceep. Christine Steagall serves as program coordinator for the SCEEP. She can be reached at (803) 896-8986, or steagacl@dhec.sc.gov.

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For more information:
Clair Boatwright – (803) 898-4461
E-mail – boatwrc@dhec.sc.gov
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