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Leading Innovators in Pollution Prevention Recognized

Release Date: 06/21/2005
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(06/21/05) Leading researchers and industrial innovators were recognized for significant contributions in advancing pollution prevention at the 2005 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards ceremony June 20 in Washington, D.C. The presidential rank awards are given to individuals and organizations that have made dramatic science contributions with identifiable applications that result in less pollution, waste or both in a manufacturing process. The 2005 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards were presented to Robin Rogers, a professor at the University of Alabama; Metabolix, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.; Archer Daniels Midland Co., Decatur, Ill.; Novozymes North America, Inc., Franklinton, N.C.; Merck & Co., Rahway, N.J.; and BASF Corp., Whitehouse, Ohio. EPA's Green Chemistry Challenge promotes research to develop less toxic alternatives to existing technologies, and to reduce or eliminate waste generation in industrial production. An independent panel of technical experts selected the six winners after reviewing more than 80 nominations. The awards were given in five categories: Academic, Small Business, Alternative Synthetic Pathways, Alternative Reaction Conditions and Designing Safer Chemicals. These presidential rank awards are special this year because the Green Chemistry Program is celebrating 10 years of scientific innovation that results in less pollution, waste or both in manufacturing products and processes. During the past 10 years, the winners' work has led to the annual elimination of: 140 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents; 55 million gallons of water; and 57 million pounds of carbon dioxide. More information on the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards is available at: