EPA chief sees Ben & Jerry’s pollution controls

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WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency says some of the pollution control practices developed for Vermont's Ben & Jerry's ice cream plants could serve as a model for other businesses.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited the company's Waterbury factory Friday where she was given an overview of the company's businesses practices, a tour of the plant and then samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Jackson says one of the reasons she visited Vermont is because it's a state that has made a commitment to a green economy and sees it as important to its future.

She says Ben & Jerry's thinks about sustainability throughout its supply chain and educates its customers about where their food comes from and how to ensure it's safe.