Lighting manufacturer recognized for joining NPEP

The EPA recently recognized the Osram Sylvania fluorescent lamp plant in Versailles, Ken., for joining the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) and committing to significantly reduce the elemental mercury content of its linear fluorescent lamps. According to the company, since the introduction of Osram Sylvania’s T8 fluorescent lamps in North America, use of the lamps has prevented the dissemination of more than 382 million pounds of CO2, 3.5 tons of airborne mercury, and air pollution equivalent to more than 23 million cars.

The EPA formed the NPEP to pursue the goal of reducing the use or release of 31 highly toxic, priority chemicals, including mercury, found in manufacturing processes.