CMTA companies honored for environmental achievements

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 1, 2012

At the Environmental Summit, co-sponsored by CMTA, the Industrial Environmental Association and the Chemical Industry Council of California, held last week in San Diego, three CMTA-member companies were recognized with Environmental Excellence Awards.

The BP-ARCO refinery in Carson was given the “Water Conservation Award” for their substitution of potable water with recycled water used in their cooling towers and boilers. The water taken from the West Bain Municipal Water District is treated into two "designer waters" saving approximately six million gallons of potable water a day available for use by the municipalities.

Promethean Biofuels Corp., located in Temecula, was the award recipient in the “Recycling and Waste Reduction” category. Using their research design-and-build concept, they have been able to fabricate over 90 percent of the equipment in their production facility with repurposed materials. They are continuously on the cutting edge of research, approaching fluid waste disposal problems with innovation. They have been increasing their production volumes and are on track to recycle over one million pounds of waste product in 2012. By developing co-products and by-products from waste oil, they are able to help customers achieve zero waste.

At the same conference, Northrop Grumman Corporation was named a “2012 Cool Planet Award” winner by The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison (SCE) for its environmental leadership in energy and carbon management. Northrop Grumman's Southern California facilities served by SCE reported a cumulative energy savings of more than 6 million kilowatt-hours annually from energy efficient projects implemented since Jan. 1, 2010.

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