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1997 Pollution Prevention Environmental Excellence Awards

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

The Pella Corporation
Pella, IA

The Pella Corporation installed a series of activated carbon filters for chromium recovery from their industrial wastewater. The filters remove 99% of the heavy metals by absorption. The effluent is recycled. Spent filters are shipped off-site and regenerated by a proprietary process which yields a metallic by product similar to raw chromium ore useable by various industries. This technology is a zero-release option.

Midwest Iron & Metal Co., Inc.
Hutchinson, KS
Blue Bag Recycling Program

Midwest Iron & Metal Co., Inc. ntroduced the first Kansas co-mingled Blue Bag Recycling program on October 15, 1991, in Hutchinson, KS. The Blue Bag program accepts co-mingled #1, #2, #4 plastics, glass food and beverage containers, steel cans, aluminum cans, separately co-mingled newspapers, office paper, cardboard, phone books, envelopes, magazines and junk mail. The program started when Hutchinson was taking in 28,100 lbs. per month of co-mingled recyclables. Today, it includes Reno County residents, the cities of Hays, Spivey, Cunningham, Nashville, Zenda, Plevna, Sylvia, Arlington, Willowbrook and processes 233,000 lbs. per month.

Bridging the Gap
Kansas City, MO
Environmental Excellence Campaign

Bridging the Gap's Environmental Excellence Campaign is a joint effort by businesses, individuals, schools and local governments to teach people simple steps to help the environment in every part of their daily lives - at home, at work, at play and at school. Since its inception in 1994, the Environmental Excellence Campaign has grown to include over 700 organizations, 18,000 individuals, and 1,100 teachers as active participants. The campaign honors outstanding participants with annual Environmental Excellence Awards. In addition to traditional educational outreach, the campaign excels at creating unique environmental education opportunities - including parade recycling and the nations first "green" marathon.

Gastinger, Walker, Harden, Architects
Kansas City, MO
New York Life Building Renovation

The 10-story building is the most significant historic structure in Kansas City remaining from the 19th century and is the national corporate headquarters for Utilicorp United, an international energy provider. The restored/renovated building features state-of-the-art energy, communications and environmental capabilities to achieve optimum efficiency and environmental control. Key elements include a sophisticated variable lighting system, high efficiency gas boilers, electric chiller operation during "off-peak" energy rates, central materials recycling system and fiberoptic telephone/data system.

Farmland Industries, Inc.
Kansas City, MO
AG*21 Process

AG*21 Process is an agricultural crop production management process. It requires environmentally-sound practices to preserve soil and water resources at the co-op and on the farm. The process is achieved by knowledgeable application of only the rightamount of the right fertilizers and crop protection products at the right place in the right way at the right time. Local Farmland Co-op employees undergo extensive agronomic and environmental/safety training to become certified AG*21 advisors. They use computerized record-keeping and analysis to help the farmer make sound decisions about the use of fertilizers and crop protection products. Thus, reducing the potential for environmental damage.

Mineral Area College
Park Hills, MO
Environmental Community-Building in the Old Lead Belt

Shawn Grindstaff has an ongoing role as an environmental leader and catalyst for change in southeast Missouri. Since 1994, Shawn has started, maintained, and led a series of regional programs, initiatives, and partnerships that have catalyzed entire communities and provided environmental public policy leadership. Programs and partnerships advanced by Grindstaff include the Mineral Area College Environmental Center, ISO 14000 implementation at Flat River Glass, EPA Region 7 Brownfields Cooperative Agreement with Bonne Terre, Park Hills Industrial Park Partnership, Environmental Roundtable, and St. Francois County Mine Waste Coalition.

The Gates Rubber Company
Popular Bluff, MO
Recirculating Tackifier "The Tacky Team" Reuse Hydrocarbons reduce VOC's

The challenge was to design, build and install new technology that would allow reuse of hydrocarbons employed as a rubber adhesive enhancer during the production process. An in-house team was organized consisting of operators, management and support personnel and was named "the Tacky Team." The team made trial runs of several rubber stocks and found the adhesion enhancer was not needed in certain instances and the amount could be drastically reduced in other instances. The net result of this effort was that the facility was removed from the large quantity generator classification under RCRA, the VOC emissions were below that required for a Title V classification under the Clean Air Act. There was a savings in operating cost due to the use of water/kerosene mixture.

Anheuser-Bush, Inc.
St. Louis, MO
Bioenergy Recovery System

The Bio-Energy Recovery System (BERS) at the St. Louis Brewery is the worlds' largest system for turning wastewater into energy. The wastewater stream from the brewery is high in natural organic content. The wastewater is pumped into six five-story enclosed tanks that contain anaerobic bacteria. The anaerobic micro-organisms consume organic material such as proteins, sugars, starches, and other natural ingredients from the wastewater. Methane, the primary ingredient of natural gas, is a by-product of this process. The methane rises to the top of the tanks where it is collected and piped back to the powerhouse, supplying 10-15% of the boiler fuel. Wastewater, with 80-90% of the organic material consumed, is sent to the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) for final treatment. The total system including the MSD has reduced sludge by 50%, electricity use by 75% and decreased carbon dioxide releases by 75%. They estimate that the savings were $6 million annually from the biogas used and from reduced sewer user fees. Bioenergy is a net producer of energy in this instance.

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