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PONTIAC, MI-The US Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized the General Motors Truck Product Center in the Centerpointe Business Park in Pontiac as the 500th high-priority facility to meet two environmental goals under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action program. The EPA also recognized the facility for its nearly $1 billion redevelopment plan that turned the once abandoned site into a 650-acre business park.

The two goals, called environmental indicators, were implemented by the RCRA Corrective Action program to ensure that human health exposure and groundwater releases are under control at high priority facilities. There are 1,714 high priority facilities across the country that are required to clean up contamination at their facilities under the program.

“The GM Truck Product Center is a model for achieving environmental protection through EPA’s Corrective Action Reforms Initiative. By meeting both environmental indicators, GM has taken significant steps to protect public health and the environment,” says EPA assistant administrator Timothy Fields, Jr.

“General Motors is honored by the EPA recognition of our aggressive efforts to complete corrective action requirements at our operating plants and brownfield redevelopments,” says Dennis Minano, General Motors VP, environment and energy and chief environmental officer.

In addition to achieving the environmental indicators, GM is being recognized for redeveloping the Pontiac facility. The nearly $1 billion plan for redevelopment turned an abandoned brownfield site into the current GM Truck Product Center and a 650-acre world-class business park. Through the redevelopment initiative, the GM facility has brought nearly 4,000 jobs to Pontiac, and has created an attractive business area in the industrialized city.

The RCRA Corrective Action Initiative was implemented by EPA in 1999 to achieve faster and more effective cleanups at sites that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste regulated under RCRA. The reforms include annual cleanup goals and guidance to encourage creative and flexible approaches to ensuring cost-effective cleanups at RCRA facilities.

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