For Immediate Release
December 22, 2008

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

KDHE and EPA Region 7 Earn Outstanding Product Award from
North American Hazardous Materials Management Association

The North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) recently presented KDHE and EPA Region 7 with its Outstanding Product Award for the agencies’ efforts to help make the first Green Energy Gateway Fuel Station in the country a reality. Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels, 2005 W. Iowa in Lawrence, is owned by Scott Zaremba.

The Green Energy Gateway is an initiative of EPA Region 7 to promote sustainable and energy saving practices at gas stations.  Maria Morey, Division of Waste Management, accepted the award for KDHE at the 23rd Annual Hazardous Materials Management Conference on Household and Small Business Waste Award Banquet held in Burlington, Vt.

“The Green Energy Gateway was perfect for what we were looking for,” said NAHMMA President, Kolin Anglin, about the nominating process for the award. “We’re looking for new ideas to promote reuse, recycling, green chemistry, using of alternative fuels and energy, and reducing the use of fossil fuels. The Green Energy Gateway does all of that.”

Anglin, who works for BG Products, Inc., Wichita, saw the article about the Green Energy Gateway in a KDHE newsletter and made the nomination to the NAHMMA awards committee himself.  Michael Pomes, KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation, and Peter Sam, EPA Region 7, assembled the public-private partnership behind the Gateway and led the effort to complete the project. 

NAHMMA is a professional organization dedicated to pollution prevention. It was established in November 1993 and has nine chapters across the U.S.  For more information, visit www.nahmma.org.

Note to reporters:  A photo of the NAHMMA Outstanding Product Award trophy is attached.