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BMS agrees to clean air act upgrades

9th July 2008

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) has agreed to reduce its output of ozone-depleting refrigerants at a number of industrial facilities, it has emerged.

The company will reduce the output of the pollutants at a cost of $3.65 million (1.85 million pounds) and will resolve its violations of the clean air act, the US Environmental Protection Agency and department of justice said.

It will retrofit or retire 17 industrial refrigeration units at its sites by July 2009.

The units are used as air conditioners or in the industrial processes at these sites and at present use hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) as refrigerants.

BMS will consequently remove over 6,350 pounds of HCFS from its operations and pay $127,000 in civil penalties.

Granta Nakayama, assistant administrator for Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the Environment Protection Agency, said: “BMS has acted responsibly, not only to discover, document and correct past violations, but to eliminate the use of potentially damaging refrigerants in its operations.”

He added that these moves will ensure a safer environment for future generations by helping to protect the ozone layer.

In March 2008, BMS announced the election of Jean-March Huet as senior vice-president and chief financial officer.

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