DuPont Titanium Technologies (Wilmington, DE) has joined the Resource Conservation Challenge's (RCC) voluntary National Waste Minimization Program, which fosters voluntary partnerships between EPA and industry that focus on reducing waste and the use of 39 chemicals listed by EPA as harmful.

The RCC is a national effort designed to find flexible and more protective ways to conserve valuable resources through pollution prevention, waste reduction and energy recovery activities that will improve public health and the environment.

Earlier this year, DuPont Titanium Technologies sites, located at DeLisle, MS; New Johnsonville, TN; and Edge Moor, DE, enrolled in the program with a combined voluntary source-reduction goal of reducing dioxin and dioxin-like compounds by 50% by the end of 2005.

"DuPont is pleased to be able to sign on to this new program," says DTT's vice president and general manager, Jeffrey Keefer. "We remain committed to our sustainable growth strategies and finding new ways to reduce our environmental footprint."

The year-old Waste Minimization Program currently has 14 members across the country. "These organizations have stepped up and responded to the Resource Conservation Challenge," says Barry Breen, EPA deputy assistant administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. "The voluntary minimization of these companies will significantly reduce the generation of wastes."