Harris Recognized for Pollution Prevention

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Harris Recognized for Pollution Prevention

Oct 22, 2008 1:53 PM

Quincy, IL - Oct 22, 2008 - The Harris manufacturing facility in Quincy, IL, has received a 2008 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) for its longstanding efforts in pollution prevention and dedication to protecting people, property and the environment. Harris was one of five companies or organizations recognized this year. The NPPR honored Harris Broadcast's radio and television broadcast transmitter manufacturing facility in Quincy for its major reductions in waste, energy consumption and water usage.

Harris received the MVP2 Award based on several employee-empowered pollution prevention projects, including a closed-loop water cooling system that has reduced water usage in its product testing process by nearly 21.6 million gallons per year. The company also implemented several toxicity reduction projects to eliminate toxic heavy metals and raw material impurities from the manufacturing processes. The result is a 30-to-35 cubic yard reduction in waste that equates to a 75 percent decrease in hazardous waste volumes from its wastewater pretreatment operation, and a 50 percent pretreatment chemical usage reduction.

The company's Quincy operation has been a four-time recipient of the Illinois Governor's Pollution Prevention Award and has received a Community Green Award for its efforts in recycling and waste volume reductions. The Quincy operation also has received an Industrial Achievement Award from the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators.

The NPPR presented awards for other projects as well. Other recipients were the New England Mercury Task Force, the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act Program, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: The Cutting Edge Partnership, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center: Prevention and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program.