For Immediate Release
August 18, 2011

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

KDHE closes 2011 Kansas Environmental Conference

"P2" award recipients announced

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) yesterday announced the 2011 Pollution Prevention (P2) Award recipients during an awards luncheon at the Kansas Environmental Conference, held Aug. 16-18 at the Maner Conference Center.

John Mitchell, KDHE’s Division of Environment, presented award plaques to Eaton Corporation-Hutchinson Division, John Deere Coffeyville Works, and Collins Bus Corporation of Hutchinson. Honorable Mention was given to Water District No. 1 of Johnson County.

The Kansas Pollution Prevention Program promotes pollution prevention as an environmental ethic to achieve improvements in public health and environmental quality. The awards are presented to entities that have reduced or eliminated waste at the source, reduced air emissions or practiced energy and/or water conservation. Companies, communities, schools and organizations each year are able to apply for the Kansas P2 awards.

“Our P2 award recipients are to be applauded for the successful planning and implementation that went into their conservation projects. In addition to recognizing these companies for their accomplishments in pollution prevention, the P2 program allows us to highlight specific efforts so that others might be able to incorporate the same projects into their business or manufacturing processes,” said Mitchell.

Eaton Corporation, an internal supplier of machined components for PVE and medium duty piston pumps and gear pumps, is reducing water through reverse osmosis, allowing for a “greener” treatment of the water used in its boilers and cooling towers. The company also changed its lighting from the old 400W high-pressure sodium lights to T5 and T8 energy efficient lights.

John Deere Coffeyville Works manufactures pump drives, transmissions and gear related products for construction, forestry and agriculture components. John Deere reduced air emissions and waste, in addition to conserving energy and water, through a variety of pollution prevention projects. For example, to reduce electrical consumption, the company incorporated automated controls for tempering ovens, a factory lighting upgrade and the use of high-efficiency electric motors. To lower air emissions, John Deere avoided more than 400 pounds of NOx per month by replacing several diesel engines with electric motors for testing.

Collins Bus Corporation, a manufacturer of Type-A buses, was awarded for its efforts in water conservation and solid waste. Collins Bus reduced its reservoir change-outs to save more than 420,000 gallons of water annually, and it implemented a reusable shipping frame for its bus windows, replacing the wooden shipping frames that had to be disposed.

Honorable Mention went to Water District No. 1 of Johnson County for implementing source reduction projects such as reducing the amount of disposable cups and plates, reducing the amount of copy paper being used and reducing the amount of trash receptacle liners by centralizing fewer receptacles. The facility also implemented a Green Drive Program to monitor and improve driver behaviors to reduce fuel consumption for the water district fleet vehicles.

Conference wrap-up

More than 400 people representing various industries and government agencies attended this week’s conference. KDHE wrapped up the conference today with a plenary session on the status of the planned Department of Homeland Security’s National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).

The NBAF meeting embodied only a small portion of the week’s topic-heavy agenda. The three-day conference included 30-plus breakout sessions, a brownsfield workshop and dozens of exhibitors.

“Through these topical breakout sessions and the week of networking, attendees not only gained pertinent updates on federal and state regulations but the conference allowed them to share ideas and best practices on eco-friendly, energy-saving projects,” said John Mitchell, KDHE’s Director for the Division of Environment.

Mitchell delivered the State of the Kansas Environment address Wednesday morning and included updates on Permitting, Emission Reduction Projects, Ozone, Lead and Cross-State Air Pollution. “Considering the continuous changes in federal standards coupled with all the new construction and expansion projects around the state, to say that this conference is beneficial to industries and municipalities—and even the federal and state environmental staff in attendance—would be an understatement,” said Mitchell.

KDHE also recognized individuals who were instrumental in the days after the Reading and Joplin tornadoes. Representatives from Lyon County and the City of Emporia were on hand to receive a special plaque during the conference opening remarks.

For more information, including pictures of the award recipients, please email Miranda Myrick at mmyrick@kdheks.gov.