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Linde's California LNG plant receives Responsible Care® certification

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Linde LLC has received certification of its Altamont, California, liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® programme.

Tom Dziak, Linde's Altamont Plant Manager, said, "Responsible Care certification is consistent with our values as a team in Altamont, and recognises the approach we take daily operating the facility. The plant, in operation since 2009, is a joint venture company with Waste Management, a leading provider of comprehensive environmental solutions services in North America.

The LNG is produced from landfill garbage decomposition and is used to fuel Waste Management's fleet of LNG powered waste disposal trucks. "This is a truly renewable, green fuel supply that produces up to 13 000 gal./d of LNG," says Dziak. "Even our plant site is powered by electricity produced onsite by Waste Management from landfill gas."

Holly Jerdi, Head of Health, Safety and Environment for Linde North America, said, "The employees at the Altamont plant did a great job handling all the details associated with ACC certification. It demonstrates Linde's commitment to sustaining the practices specified in the Responsible Care management system."

Responsible Care is a globally recognised management system aimed at helping companies improve performance in areas such as safety, health, environment and security. Certification is mandatory for all ACC member companies, which must undergo headquarter and facility audits by an independent, accredited auditor to verify that they have a structure and system in place that manages and measures performance. Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) is Linde's independent auditor. Since 2008, 25 Linde plants in North America have been certified under the programme.

The Responsible Care management system offers an integrated, structured approach for driving continual improvement in seven key areas: community awareness and emergency response; security; distribution; employee health and safety; pollution prevention; process safety and product stewardship.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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