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March 12, 2013

MADISON -Four companies committed to superior environmental performance have submitted applications to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Green Tier Program. Union Cab Cooperative and U.S. Silica Company's Sparta Plant have applied for Tier 1 of Green Tier, while the La Crosse County Solid Waste Department and STRATTEC Security Corporation intend to negotiate environmental contracts with DNR as Tier 2 applicants.

Applicants to Tier 1 of the program, which encourages innovation and new environmental goal setting, must have a good environmental record, commit to superior environmental performance, and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS). Participation in Tier 2 requires an even stronger environmental compliance record than is required in Tier 1 and participants must have an EMS already in place. Tier 2 participants also negotiate customized contracts with DNR that can enable significant environmental improvements and allow for certain types of regulatory flexibility.

Madison's Union Cab Cooperative has been worker-owned and operated since 1979 and today is home to 230 active or probationary members and 65 cabs. Core values at Union Cab include a dedication to operating in an environmentally responsible way and serving the community as a sustainable asset.

The U.S. Silica Company's Sparta Plant was under construction for much of 2012 and is scheduled to begin mining and processing operations in the second quarter of 2013. During construction, the plant took steps to go above and beyond required environmental compliance, including working closely with the Sparta community.

The La Crosse County Solid Waste Department's 300-acre complex in La Crosse incorporates not only solid waste disposal, but also opportunities for recycling, household hazardous waste collection and waste diversion for energy recovery. The department has been a Tier 1 participant in Green Tier since 2011.

Glendale's STRATTEC Security Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets mechanical and electro-mechanical locks and related products for vehicle manufacturers, as well as precision zinc die castings for transportation, security and other industries. STRATTEC's record of environmental performance is guided by an EMS that outlines the company's commitment to preventing pollution and continual improvement.

The DNR welcomes comments, requests to participate in negotiations, or requests for a public informational meeting on these applications through April 11, 2012. Comments may be directed to the DNR Environmental Assistance Coordinator listed for each applicant, or to Mark McDermid, Wisconsin DNR, CO/5, PO Box 7921, Madison WI 53707-7921 or by email to, 608-267-3125.

To learn more about Wisconsin's Green Tier Program, go to the DNR website [] and search keywords "Green Tier."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark McDermid, 608-267-3125

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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