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Awards Presented for Environmental Excellence in Texas

Release Date: 10/21/1998
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

    During an afternoon ceremony in the Texas Capitol, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented 21 Regional Administrator's Environmental Excellence Awards to 36 recipients.

     "Presenting these awards is one of the best perks of my job. Many people and organizations are doing wonderful work to protect our environment and the public health. It's nice to be able to recognize a few of them," Regional Administrator Gregg Cooke said.

     Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) Executive Director Jeff Saitas also participated in the ceremony. He said, "These winners are all fine examples of the innovative work being done throughout Texas and another reason why Texas remains a leader among states in protecting our natural resources."

     During the ceremony winners were given plaques, Environmental Excellence flags and Environmental Excellence pins.

  A listing of awards, categories and winners follows:

Wastewater Treatment Operation and Maintenance
  Small, Advanced Treatment
      Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 30
  Large, Advanced Treatment
      City of Fort Worth

Beneficial Use of Biosolids
      City of Fort Worth
Storm Water Management, Municipal
      City of Fort Worth, Environmental Management Department

Wellhead Protection
  Population Served More than 10,000
      Aqua Water Supply Corporation, Bastrop
  Population Served Less Than 10,000
      Ramey Water Supply Company, Mineola

Public Water Supply Operations and Maintenance
  Surface Water Source Serving 3,300 to 50,000 Population
      City of Georgetown Water System
      City of Grapevine Water Treatment Plant
  Ground Water Source Serving 5,000 to 25,000 Population
      Trinity River Authority, Trinity County Regional Water Supply System            

Environmental Education
      Earthworks, City of Grapevine
      EEK! Week Environmental Education Kamp, Texas Forestry Museum, Lufkin

Wetlands Protection
      Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Center for Coastal Studies,
                           Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
      Bill Baker, Staff Environmental Scientist, Houston Lighting and Power

Superfund Brownfields Redevelopment Initiative
      City of Dallas Brownfields Program

Air Compliance
      Nabisco Biscuit Company, Houston
      Amoco Chemical Plant, Chocolate Bayou Plant

Pollution Prevention and Recycling
  Pollution Prevention                                                
      Kasper Wire Works, Inc., Shiner
      Department of Agricultural Sciences, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Partnership for Environmental Excellence
      Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Water Utilities Division
      Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Environmental Education Roundtable
      Project FAST  (Future American Scientists and Technologists)