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Oct. 31 Deadline for Environmental Stewardship Program Apps
Indiana Ag Connection - 09/13/2017

Indiana companies wishing to join the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's (IDEM) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) have until October 31, 2017 to complete and submit their applications. Companies may start the application process by visiting www.in.gov/idem/prevention/2451.htm.

ESP is a statewide program that provides incentives and recognition for industrial operations that go above and beyond environmental requirements for preventing air, land and water pollution. Any business that is regulated by IDEM is eligible, regardless of type of business, size or complexity. To qualify, companies must demonstrate that they have the following:

- Standard of environmental compliance

- Implemented and will maintain an environmental management system (EMS)

- Committed to continuous environmental improvement

ESP is managed by IDEM's Office of Program Support. IDEM requires that members submit an annual performance report (APR), due April 1st. The ESP membership term lasts for four years and renewals must be requested when submitting the fourth APR. Additional information, including annual performance reports, is available on the IDEM website at www.idem.IN.gov/prevention/2359.htm.

As a result of their ESP membership, Elanco Clinton Laboratories made revisions to the product recovery department standard operating procedures (SOPs) to help guide the process operators on when it was appropriate to shut off the steam supply to the evaporators. Guidance was given to shut off the steam supply when it was expected that either of the two processes would be off-line for greater than 8 continuous hours. This resulted in 58,170 MMbtu reduction and saved the company $155,698! For more information visit www.elanco.com/our-responsibilty/index.aspx#our-responsibility.

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