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Nalco Wins Second Pennsylvania Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

Nalco announced that its Ellwood City Plant has been named a winner of a 2009 Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. It was the second time in three years the facility was acknowledged for its environmental efforts.

The plant was recognized for three continuous improvement projects that have reduced its environmental impact:

  • A plant-wide, focused waste reduction effort identified seven actions that reduced plant waste by 3.74 million pounds.
  • An engineering redesign of the cooling system for the plant's most energy intensive process reduced peak electrical usage by 375,000-kilowatt hours per year. The change saves 228.4 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year, a 2 percent reduction in facility's total greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A cross-functional employee team identified opportunities to rework inventory, eliminating nearly 150,000 pounds of waste.

"Nalco is committed to helping our customers operate more efficiently, saving water and energy and improving air quality while also reducing their total cost of operations. We follow those same principles in our own operations as well, constantly looking for opportunities to improve our processes and reduce water and energy use, cut waste and decrease air emissions, including greenhouse gases," said Dave Flitman, Nalco Executive Vice President and President, Water and Process Services.

Nalco was one of 15 businesses and organizations recognized for by the state for adopting "environmentally friendly practices and technologies."