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October 7, 2014 (Teterboro, New Jersey): Dassault Falcon Jet’s Little Rock facility has been presented with a nationally recognized award for its commitment and achievements in pollution prevention.
 
The award was presented in Washington, D.C. by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), the largest organization in the United States devoted solely to pollution prevention. Past recipients have included well-known corporations such as Owens Corning, Toyota and IBM.
 
“We are very proud that our efforts to reduce pollution, while simultaneously increasing efficiency and production capacity, have been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Antoine Ajarrista, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Little Rock Completion Center. “The solutions that led to this award were in some cases the result of employee ideas at the grass roots level. These efforts emphasize our twenty year history of environmental leadership in Arkansas.”
 
Pollution prevention efforts at Little Rock - Dassault’s largest facility worldwide - began with nine specific, short term projects that resulted in significant, demonstrable reductions in air pollutants, hazardous waste and water usage. It also included the implementation of a multi-faceted energy efficiency program and development of internal controls for the minimization and control of regulated chemicals.
 
Specific examples of reduction in hazardous waste included the transition to reusable ballast material, the virtual elimination of lead use and the switch to environmentally friendly anti-corrosion coating agent. These measures eliminated the recurring annual requirement for 60-80,000 pounds of lead resulting in $50,000 in annual cost savings and cut yearly consumption of chrome and cyanide-based anti-corrosion compounds by 12,000 gallons.
 

Dassault broke ground at the Little Rock facility in early September on an expansion that will add 250,000 sq. ft. of new production and completion space, bringing the total facility footprint to 1.25 million square feet.

 

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