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EPA recognizes environmental leaders in Montana

Release Date: 9/3/2002
Contact Information:
406 457-5004,

Release Date: 9/3/2002
Contact Information:
303 312-7814

      Denver -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will recognize members of tribes, state employees and federal employees, including EPA staff members for outstanding achievements in public health and environmental protection. From cleaning up Superfund sites, enforcement actions, wetlands and water quality protection, air quality improvement and preserving tribal lands, these individuals performed exceptional work. Region 8's Deputy Regional Administrator Jack McGraw will be on hand to present the awards at a ceremony September 4th 2002 at 9:30 a.m. in Suite B of the Baucus Federal Building. The ceremony is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

      A list of awardees:


ROBBIN WAGNER, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Friend of EPA Award
Citation - For outstanding support to tribes and EPA in the protection of water quality and fishery habitat

MARY ELLEN WOLFE, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Environmental Achievement Award
Citation - For outstanding leadership in collaboration, to improve watersheds in Montana and across EPA=s Region 8

JIM HUGHES, Department of Environmental Quality
Environmental Achievement Award
Citation - In recognition of outstanding environmental contributions to the Refinery Enforcement Initiative

LYNDA SAUL, Department of Environmental Quality
Environmental Achievement Award,
Citation - For outstanding achievements in development of a coordinated and effective wetlands protection program in Montana

LEWIS MCLEOD, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Frank DeCoteau Award
Citation - For outstanding technical support of air quality enforcement on the Flathead Reservation

INA NEZ PERCE, Ft. Belknap
A. Wade Vitalis Award
Citation - For outstanding work to protect the environment of the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Ft. Belknap Reservations
(John and Barb presented on 8/26 at tribal meeting)


Enforcement Achievement Award
Betsy Wahl
Conoco/Montana Refining Team (no citation)
(Other team members from the region are Brenda Morris and Cynthia Reynolds)

Dan Krings and Deb Clevenger
Citation - For your outstanding support of the Montana Office relocation project
(Other team members from the region are Chris Ayala, Sue Datson, Beth Greenwald, Rudy Martinez, John Michnick, Pat Reitsma, Bill Ross, Michael Scales, Grace Wright)


Scott Brown, Diana Hammer, Susan Zazzali

(Other team members from the region are Suzanne Bohan, and Charles Figur)

Citation - For exceptional achievement in protecting public health by cleaning up the ASARCO Smelter Site despite serious opposition

Julie Dalsoglio, Danette Quick

(Other team members from the region are Joyce Brame, Carol Campbell, Pam Dougherty, Cynthia Gonzales, Jennifer Harris, Kathy Hernandez, Kris Jensen, Ed Stearns, Deb Thomas)

Citation - For innovation and dogged persistence in creating the Consolidated Funding Process to better meet customer needs

Wendy Thomi

(Other team members from other EPA offices include Matt Cohn, Patty Kalla, Kelcey Land, John McGuiggin, Andrea Madigan, Aubrey Miller, Duc Nguyen, Paul Peronard, Victoria van Roden and Chris Weis)

Citation - For unswerving commitment to quickly eliminate the severe public health threat posed by asbestos in Libby, Montana