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Environmental Health and Safety

Protecting our social and physical environment is one of 3M's core values. At 3M Nevada, we achieve this through our commitment to proactive environmental management.

Environmental Health and Safety Management System

3M Nevada's Environmental Health and Safety (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, and

  • Includes a process for identifying issues, developing formal action plans, setting goals and measuring results.

Pollution Prevention

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. Conventional pollution controls are temporarily and do not eliminate the problem. They require natural resources, energy and money to build them, and they consume more resources to operate them. 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 Nevada’s environmental strategy. Since 2000, 3M Nevada has completed 44 3P projects which have prevented more than 339 tons of air pollution, 1578 tons of solid waste and saved more than 345 billion BTUs of energy.

Key Environmental Accomplishments

We are particularly proud of the following accomplishments:

  • ISO 14001 certification in 2000

  • EPA Performance Track member (P-Track since 2002)

  • P-Track - Performance Track - EPA Region VII - Hazardous Waste Reduction Achievement - November 2008

  • EPA National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) since 2005

  • NPEP - National Partnership for Environmental Priorities - NPEP Achievement Award - Completion of enrollment goals to reduce priority Chemicals (lead) - October 2008

Environmental Goals

3M Environmental Targets by 2010:

  • Reduce waste by 20 percent,

  • Reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by 25 percent,

  • Improve energy efficiency by 20 percent, and

  • Create 10 Pollution Prevention Pays Projects


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