Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
The Intel Ocotillo XL Project
Under state and federal environmental laws, permits granted to industrial facilities limit the amount of pollutants they can release, but don't encourage facilities to develop innovative approaches to make their operations even cleaner.
EPA established Project XL (for eXcellence and Leadership), a voluntary program in which facilities agree to go beyond mere compliance with regulations, and involve the community in an effort to demonstrate superior environmental performance. In November 1995, EPA selected Intel's Ocotillo computer chip manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona as a pilot project under Project XL.
From January to November 1996, a team of Intel employees, local citizens, and representatives from federal, state, county, city, and tribal agencies met to negotiate a five-year Project XL agreement to establish a multi-media (air, water, waste) environmental master plan for Intel's Chandler facility. The facility has successfully followed the plan to reduce emissions more than regulations require. EPA and Intel have renewed the Ocotillo project for another five years. The renewal or the final project agreement was completed on November 13, 2001, and was signed by all parties in December 2001.
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