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U.S. Metalcasting Industry Provides Environmental and Safety Improvements

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Journal: A White Paper Published by the American Foundry Society, November 2008
Author: American Foundry Society

"At a time when there is an increasing emphasis on renewable energy sources, greater focus on environmental issues and a continuing stress on safety, the U. S. metalcasting industry can point to a proud record in all three areas. Metalcasters are among the original recyclers, since remelting metal for new castings has been an integral casting practice for thousands of years. The industry also has made great strides in the manufacturing process itself to reduce energy consumption, minimize toxics and waste, reduce air emissions, conserve water and contribute to the development of renewable energy devices. Furthermore, the metalcasting industry is generating these results while achieving year-after-year decreases in recordable injuries and illnesses. The industryÆs success in environmental, health and safety issues is the result of the efforts of individual metalcasters, effective alliances with government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and training, research, advocacy and support provided by the American Foundry Society (AFS)."

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