For Immediate Release
September 12, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

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KDHE Recognizes Businesses and Municipalities for Pollution Prevention Efforts

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) sponsors the yearly Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards for businesses, industries, municipalities, and individuals who make significant contributions to the prevention of pollution. The following organizations were selected to receive awards this year:

Allen County received an award for installing a system at its landfill that uses methane gas generated by the landfill to power heaters in one of its maintenance buildings. The system reduces carbon dioxide emissions by about 21 tons per year, and methane emissions by about eight tons per year. Burns and McDonnell Engineering contributed to the project.

The City of Lawrence, Department of Utilities was awarded for the Lawrence Utility Management System, which includes a very active biosolids reuse program. Biosolids are the treated solids from the wastewater treatment process that can be reused as a fertilizer on crops. In December 2006, the city became the second entity ever to receive three different national engineering certifications, and the first to do so in an integrated system approach.

Grandview Products Company of Parsons was awarded for recycling wood waste, which is later used as filler to make plastic wood planks for decking by Standley Milling in Lamar, Mo. More than 4,400 tons of wood was recycled last year, resulting in savings to the company of $163,000 on transportation and tipping fees.

Hawker Beechcraft in Salinawas awarded for replacing toluene with acetone in hand-wipe cleaning solvents used at the facility. By doing so, Hawker Beechcraft was able to reduce volatile organic compounds by 8.41 tons per year and hazardous air pollutants by 6.14 tons per year. The company also projects a cost savings of $9,936 for 2007 due to the switch.

The Kansas Equipment Exchange Program in Parsons has collected 1,800 devices worth more than $1.9 million since March 2003. Many of these devices – power wheelchairs, hospital beds, shower chairs, and other items – would have ended up in trash bins and landfills. Kansas Health Care Policy (Medicaid) and the Assistive Technology for Kansans Program coordinated by the University of Kansas collects, refurbishes, and reassigns the equipment at no cost to Kansans with disabilities and health concerns.

The Sedgwick County Department on Aging RSVP Volunteer Program provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults 55 and older in Sedgwick County. Some of the items the program makes for the community include stuffed bears, pillows, quilts, and blankets. The RSVP reuse program has collected and reused approximately one million newspaper bags, 5,000 yards of material, 2,000 greeting cards, 3,000 skeins of yarn, and 1,000 magazines.

Additional information on these projects and the P2 Awards program can be found on the KDHE Web site at www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/p2_pollution_prevention_awards.html or by calling Cathy Colglazier at 800-357-6087.

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