Environmental Health and Safety
Protecting our social and physical environment is one of 3M's core values. At 3M Midland, we achieve this through our commitment to proactive environmental management.
Managing Our Environmental Footprint
Environmental Health and Safety Management System
3M Midland's EHS Management System promotes sound environmental management. It helps us to manage the environmental footprint of our operations, drive sustainable growth, and address the expectations of our stakeholders. These stakeholders include our employees, customers, regulators, environmental groups, and the communities surrounding our plant.
Our EHS Management System:
- Includes an integrated, holistic system that anticipates and addresses long-term issues and drives continuous improvement.
- Promotes a strategic planning process that integrates EHS issues into business planning.
- Includes a process for identifying issues, developing formal action plans, setting goals and measuring results.
3M pioneered the concept of pollution prevention with the creation of the pollution prevention pays (3P) program in 1975. The 3P program is based on the reality that pollution prevention is more environmentally effective, technically sound and economical than conventional pollution control equipment. Natural resources, energy and money are used to build conventional pollution controls, and more resources are consumed operating them. Conventional controls are temporarily and do not eliminate the problem. 3P seeks to eliminate pollution at the source through product reformulation, process modification, equipment redesign, and the recycling and reuse of waste materials.
3P is a key element of 3M Midland's environmental strategy. Since 1996, 3M Midland has completed 5 3P projects which prevented more than 19,800 tons of air pollution, 130 tons of water pollution, and 3 tons of waste, 463 MMBTU of energy, 61 tons Green House Gas emmisions and saved more than $42,000 in the first year of the projects.
Key Environmental Accomplishments
We are particularly proud of our work around the following:
- In 2007 several equipment changes were made at 3M Midland that lead to a 20% reduction in energy consumption versus the previous year.
- In 2002 the fly line coatings were reformulated to eliminate the use of heavy metals in our pigments.
- In 1982 the fly line coatings were modified to eliminate lead as a density modifier.
- In 2007 all asbestos in the factory and offices was removed and properly disposed of.