The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment Makes Recommendation to the Commission...

Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:00am EDT

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The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment Makes Recommendation to the
Commission on Environmental Cooperation Council on a Chemical Material
Assessment Strategy (M-A-S) for North American Auto Industry

DENVER, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, representatives of The
Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) from General Motors and Lear
Corporation, urged members of the CEC Council, that includes the United States
Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator, Lisa Jackson; the Minister of
the Environment for Canada, Jim Prentice; and the Secretary of Environment and
Natural Resources of Mexico, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada to support the
implementation of the SciVera Lens(TM) process for assessing and managing
chemicals used by the North American Auto Industry. 

"For two years, leading companies in the auto manufacturing and supply chain
have been working together to enable innovation in automotive products through
a common chemical assessment and management strategy in North America," said
Dr. Patricia Beattie, Director, Chemical Risk Mgmt. Environmental Services,
General Motors Corporation; and Chair of the Chemical Issues Workgroup within
SP.  Beattie, who made a presentation to the CEC Council today, continued, "we
have now created a Materials Assessment Strategy (M-A-S) process in a paper
version that can be utilized by our members, but the North American auto
industry and their suppliers need a web-based, automated chemical assessment
solution that all automotive manufacturers and their suppliers in North
America can easily access and utilize."

Also speaking during the Council session today, Ms. Barbara Boroughf, Vice
President Global Environmental, Health and Safety, Lear Corporation, stated,
"The work group that created the Material Assessment Strategy included General
Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Johnson Controls Inc., Chemico Mays, Quaker Chemical,
and our company Lear Corporation, from the Suppliers Partnership for the
Environment and Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru from the Association of
International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc."  Boroughf continued,
"Collectively, we have recognized that companies in the auto sector have a
growing need to make more proactive decisions about the materials in our
products.  These decisions, when implemented reliably and cost-effectively via
the M-A-S and SciVera Lens, will go beyond basic compliance issues we already
address every day and will make us more competitive and better stewards of the
environment."

"Currently available automated chemical compliance solutions are either
focused on basic compliance with existing regulatory lists or are far too
complex for use as a management tool by non-experts," added Beattie.  "That is
why we have taken the paper process and worked with Science Strategies, LLC to
help develop the SciVera Lens(TM) system that can enable the secure and
reliable processing of chemical assessments on a large scale in the auto
industry," Beattie said.

"Today, we recommended that the CEC coordinate with The Suppliers Partnership
for the Environment to support a web-based, automated chemical assessment
solution to all automotive original equipment manufacturers and their
suppliers in North America for two years," concluded Beattie. 

The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) is an innovative
collaboration between automobile manufacturers, their suppliers, and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The members of the SP established the
Chemical Issues Work Group to provide a forum for discussing and addressing
emerging chemical issues within the automotive supply chain, to share best
practices and to develop a collaborative approach to chemical material
assessment for automotive products.  More information about SP can be found at
www.supplierspartnership.org. 
    For More Information Contact:
    Steve Hellem: (202) 530-0096 Ext 201




SOURCE  Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP)

Steve Hellem, +1-202-530-0096, Ext 201, for Suppliers Partnership for the
Environment (SP)
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