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UNIVERSAL ACOUSTIC & EMISSION TECHNOLOGIES TO BEGIN 30-DAY GREEN TIER PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

July 14, 2015

STOUGHTON, Wis. - The public has an opportunity to comment on an application for Wisconsin's Green Tier program by Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies. The application covers their Beloit, Muscoda and Stoughton facilities.

Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies is applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier program, which is designed to encourage and recognize companies that are committed to superior environmental performance. To be accepted into the program, applicants must have a good environmental record and must have or commit to implementing an Environmental Management System.

Previous environmental achievements are numerous for Universal AET's Beloit, Muscoda and Stoughton facilities. At the Muscoda production facility over the past three years, three-fourths of the plant's metal halides have been replaced with T5 lighting fixtures. The Muscoda production facility also changed their welding process on a product line that requires 10,000 pounds of welding wire annually. By changing welding wires, the company significantly reduced its annual chromium 6 composition to 1.3 percent, down from 23.5 percent.

Universal AET's Beloit facility has replaced all boilers and air compressors with energy efficient systems, as well as installed motion sensors in the shop and office area to turn lights off when unoccupied. Stoughton and Muscoda facilities also jointly participate in Renewable Energy Credits with Wisconsin Public Power Initiative's local utility companies, purchasing 65 credits monthly. This offset is the equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 34.4 passenger vehicles each year. (Source: EPA, www.epa.gov/greenpower/pubs/calculator.htm exit DNR)

Universal AET has identified several goals for continual improvements in 2015, including implementing an Environmental Management System to further reduce environmental impacts, gain operational efficiencies, and ensure regulatory compliance at all facilities. Universal AET is also working with Focus on Energy and has several energy efficiency capital projects both underway and planned.

The Department of Natural Resources will accept public comments on Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies' Green Tier application through August 14, 2015. Comments may be directed to Tom Eggert, Wisconsin DNR, OB/7, PO BOX 7921, Madison, WI 53707, by email to Thomas.Eggert@wisconsin.gov.

More details about Universal Acoustic and Emission Technologies and its Green Tier application can be found on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel Sukup, 608-267-6817

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 14, 2015




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