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Tahlequah compost facility wins national environmental award

Release Date: 10/21/2008
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or

(Dallas, Texas – October 21, 2008) The Tahlequah Public Works Authority Compost Operation received the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Water Act (CWA) Recognition Award today. The facility is one of only 24 organizations nationwide to be honored for achievements in wastewater management. It won first place in the Exemplary Biosolids Management category for small operating projects.

“Tahlequah is going above and beyond just meeting the requirements of the Clean Water Act,” EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene said. “The Public Works Authority’s innovative techniques for dealing with solid wastes benefit the city and the area’s natural resources while serving as an example for similar facilities around the country.”

Award recipients were honored during the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exposition and Conference in Chicago. For 23 years the CWA Recognition Awards have honored municipalities and industries for creative and technical achievements in wastewater treatment and pollution abatement programs. The awards encourage support for programs that protect public health by safeguarding the nation’s water supply.

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