Merck & Company Inc. West Point Facility and
Merck & Company Inc. Cherokee Plant
Merck & Company Inc. is a global research-driven pharmaceutical
products and services company with a demonstrated commitment to
environmental protection. Merck discovers, develops, manufacturers
and markets a broad range of innovative products to improve human
and animal health. Merck's West Point and Cherokee facilities implemented
projects that demonstrate the company's continued commitment to
environmental responsibility and improvement.
Merck's West Point Facility implemented an energy management initiative
that enables the company to reduce the amount of total energy needed
to operate the site's utility systems. West Point's energy management
initiative includes projects for on-site energy cogeneration, as
well as measures to identify and implement initiatives to conserve
electricity, steam and fuel. To date, the facility implemented a
total of 22 energy conservation initiatives, which have resulted
in an energy use savings of 2.4 million BTUs since 1995. Assuming
an air pollution emission rate of 0.2 pounds per million BTU, Merck's
energy use avoidance has a corresponding annual air pollution avoidance
of 238 tons.
Merck's Cherokee Plant produces its own steam which is used on-site
in pharmaceutical production processes and to generate electricity.
In 1997, the plant substantially upgraded its steam generation facility
by replacing its four coal-fired boilers with three new boilers
using natural gas as the primary fuel source.
As a result of the power plant improvement project, criteria and
hazardous air pollutant emissions from the power plant have been
reduced by 60 percent to 100 percent, a decrease of 1,931 tons per
year. In addition, coal ash waste is no longer generated, resulting
in a 78 million pound reduction in residual wastes generated per
year. Similarly, the plant no longer needs to hydraulically convey
coal ash, resulting in 65 million gallon per year reduction in water
Innovation has contributed to the continuing improvement of Merck's
energy management performance and cogeneration efficiency. Merck's
commitment to environmental responsibility has enabled the company
to achieve significant benefits not only for the environment but
for its bottom line as well.
Merck & Company Inc.
West Point Facility
P.O. Box 4
770 Sumneytown Pike
West Point, PA 19486
Steven C. Wittmer
Merck & Company Inc.
P.O. Box 600
Danville, PA 17821- 0600
James D. Fisher
2.4 MM BTU
39,000 tons ash waste
2,169 tons emissions
65 million gallons water
$7.6 million annually
"Innovation contributed to continuing improvementů"
-James D. Fisher