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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Little Rock Wastewater Announces 10th Annual Pollution Prevention

(October 2, 2007 - Little Rock) Little Rock Wastewater will be celebrating its 10th Pollution Prevention Award Ceremony on October 8, 2007 at 11 am at the Clinton Library. On this occasion, LRW has chosen one industry leader (noted below) that has shown exemplary and aggressive pollution prevention practices to bestow a special Decade of Progress Award to Dassault Falcon Jet. Noted speakers to take part in the ceremony include Jay Chesshir, President and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Teresa Marks, Director of ADEQ and Mark Stodola, Mayor of Little Rock.

The Pollution Prevention Award program began in 1998 as a way of recognizing and rewarding industries that adopt the most vigorous pollution prevention activities into the management philosophy and to promote the utilization of pollution prevention activities. Criteria for the award is regulated by Little Rock Wastewater under the guidelines set forth in the Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permits under the authority of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Applications for the award are distributed each year to all local industries permitted by Little Rock Wastewater. This gives each industry the opportunity to describe the pollution prevention program they implement, whether they minimize water or energy usage; make product or packaging changes; and make process changes and/or utilize increased efforts in the area of housekeeping.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Little Rock Wastewater encourages organized, comprehensive, and continual pollution control policies to systematically reduce or eliminate waste to control air, water, and land pollution. Such programs can result in considerable savings to a company and lessen the long-term liability associated with the management of hazardous materials and wastes.

This year’s Award winners by category are:

Manufacturing - Dassault Falcon Jet

Food Processing - Unilever

Medical - UAMS

General Service - Central Flying Service, Inc.

Small Business - Martinous Oriental Rugs

Ten Year Decade of Progress Award - Dassault Falcon Jet

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