Governor Recognizes Livonia Engine Plant for Sound Environmental Stewardship

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

October 2, 2002

Governor John Engler today announced that General Motors Powertrain Group-Livonia Engine Plant in Wayne County has been designated as a Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen in a voluntary program recognizing environmental stewardship.

The Livonia Engine Plant becomes the 48th facility statewide to earn the designation. The facility’s 800 employees manufacture and assemble engines on site for off-site installation in General Motors automobiles.

Engler proposed the voluntary Clean Corporate Citizen program in his 1996 State of the State address to recognize facilities that demonstrate environmental stewardship.

"The Livonia Engine Plant team operates under a strong and comprehensive environmental policy that places natural resource protection, pollution prevention, and communication with the local community at the forefront of their priorities," Governor Engler said. "I congratulate the management and employees at Livonia Engine Plant for their history of environmental achievements. Their voluntary pledge to further enhance and improve environmental programs supports their goal of operating as a responsible corporate citizen."

The facility has earned International Standards Organization 14001 certification, meeting the voluntary international standard for environmental management systems.

Environmental achievements at the plant include ongoing recycling of all waste metallic chips and engine parts, elimination of all underground storage tanks, removal of all identified regulated asbestos-containing materials, and reducing waste generation to achieve Small Quantity Generator status (less than 100 kilograms of wastes per month).

"Our salaried and GM-UAW employees at Livonia Engine deserve a great deal of credit for defining and delivering a world class environmental system," stated Mike Arcamone, GM Powertrain Livonia Engine plant manager. "GM employees have a long history of being conscientious environmental stewards to contribute toward the wellbeing of future generations. I am proud of the excellent example they have set for others and sincerely hope that other companies in Michigan will follow their lead."

To qualify for a Clean Corporate Citizen designation, candidates must adopt a facility-specific environmental management system, active pollution prevention initiatives, and have a consistent record of compliance with applicable environmental requirements. The program is open to establishments regulated under any of Michigan’s environmental statutes. Designations are valid for one year and must be renewed annually.