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Public input invited on Bosch's Green Tier contract with WDNR

On its web site, Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc. states it has provided the world's leading manufacturers, both large and small, with packaging machinery that is innovative, fast, reliable and cost effective. It also provides training programs, specific to client application, enables fast start-ups, efficient operation, and effective maintenance programs.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has negotiated a proposed contract with Bosch Packaging Technologies, Inc. for its New Richmond and Shell Lake facilities to participate in Tier 2 of the Green Tier program.

Bosch serves a wide variety of markets with its packaging equipment including candy and confectionary, bakery, refrigerated and frozen food, pharmaceutical, medical, personal care, pet food, lawn and garden chemicals and more.

DNR will welcome comments from Bosch customers, neighbors, stakeholders, and others for the next 30 days.

In Tier 2 of the program, participants negotiate customized contracts with DNR and interested stakeholders. These contracts enable significant environmental improvements and can allow for certain types of regulatory flexibility, though Bosch is not requesting any flexibility at this time.

Tier 2 participants are also recognized for satisfying more rigorous eligibility requirements than those in Tier 1. Tier 2 applicants must have an environmental management system (EMS), a plan-do-check-act tool helps a company understand its environmental impacts, already in place at the time of application.

The EMS developed by Bosch was certified by the International Organization for Standardization in 2011.

As part of Green Tier, Bosch commits to continual improvement in environmental performance.

Current goals for the New Richmond and Shell Lake facilities include continued hazardous waste elimination and reductions in relative carbon dioxide emissions, specifically a 12 percent drop in relative carbon dioxide emissions from 2007 levels.

Specific information on this proposed contract and on the Green Tier program can be accessed at:

DNR will accept public comments and requests for a public informational meeting on this proposed contract through July 3, 2012.

Comments and requests may be directed to: Mark McDermid, Department of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster St. CO/5, Madison, WI 53703 or at or by calling 608-267-3125.