Environmental Consciousness

Being conscious of our impact on our community and the environment has always been important to Forrest Paint Co. Since our inception we have consistently worked to make our facility safer for our employees and to minimize our effects on the environment. As a chemical company, we are one of the most self regulated businesses in our area. We have done many things over the years to improve the health and safety of our plant.

For instance, early in our history  Forrest Paint eliminated most of the chemicals often assumed to be in paint which cause the most environmental and health problems.  We do not use lead, mercury, chlorofluorocarbons, or methylene chloride. In 2000 we also installed a Biofilter that processes and cleans the air from our plant by using microbes that “eat” the solvents. This process uses much less natural gas than most treatment methods.

Another exciting development in our progress is our water treatment. In the late 1980’s we voluntarily began the Ground Water Remediation project. Wherein we test and/or treat our ground water. Over the years, our ground water has improved so much that the DEQ has deemed it unnecessary to continue with the project.

We have always worked very closely with regulatory agencies at all levels to ensure our knowledge of and compliance with current and future regulations. Over the years we have been inspected by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), both Oregon and Federal, Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority (LRAPA), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and our local Fire Marshall. We regularly consult with some of these organizations to review our progress and our plans for the future. We are also a member of the American Coatings Association and take part in the Paint Care program.

Forrest Paint is concerned about any effect our facility and our products might have on the community.  We will continue to work toward making our plant and our products safer for our employees, our neighbors, our customers, and our environment.

By Brenda Williams

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