DEP announces 2015 Environmental Excellence winners

6/25/2015
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman presented 23 Environmental Awards of Excellence today during a ceremony at DEP headquarters in Charleston.

The DEP’s annual Environmental Awards recognize the accomplishments of state industries, municipalities, educators and community leaders who strive to protect the environment, work to be good corporate neighbors and educate the state’s citizens. The awards are presented to those who share in the DEP’s mission of promoting a healthy environment and practice environmental stewardship.

“Protecting the environment is a commitment we must all make together and today is special day for our agency because we get to recognize those who go above and beyond in making West Virginia a cleaner and healthier place to live and work,” Secretary Huffman said.

Eligibility for industrial awards includes exemplary environmental performance and a record of compliance with regulatory authorities for the 2014 calendar year. Facilities were nominated by the DEP inspectors who work to ensure their compliance with the law. Other Environmental Award winners were nominated by DEP personnel who work with volunteer and other community-based efforts.

Following is a list of this year’s honorees:

Clean Energy – Eastwood Elementary School, Morgantown.
Sewage Treatment Plant Greater than 400,000 Gallons Per Day – Shepherdstown Wastewater Treatment Plant, Shepherdstown.
Industry Greater than 100 Employees – Mullican Flooring, Ronceverte; Warren Northeast, Glen Dale; Norfolk Southern Corp, Bluefield Rail Yard, Bluefield.
Municipal Landfill – Republic Services, Short Creek Landfill, Wheeling.
Education and Community Involvement – Lethea Smith, Concord University, James Rye, WVU and Melissa Luna, WVU; Joe and Vonda Gumm, Randolph County Recycling Center, Elkins; Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Lewisburg; Friends of Mill Creek, Ripley.
Environmental Partnership – City of Huntington, Stormwater Division.
Land Revitalization – Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, Weirton.
Outstanding Litter Control Officer – Patricia Blevins, McDowell County Solid Waste Authority, Welch.
Environmental Stewardship – Hometown Elementary School, Red House; Petersburg Elementary School, Petersburg; Paint Creek Watershed Association, Gallagher.
Safe Dams – West Virginia Conservation Agency, Charleston.
Emergency Response – Warm Springs Public Service District, Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Vince Cichocki, Morgan County Commission, Berkeley Springs.
Cabinet Secretary Award – Coal River Group, St. Albans.

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Emergency Response – Warm Springs Public Service District, Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Vince Cichocki, Morgan County Commission, Berkeley Springs


Education and Community Involvement – Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Lewisburg

Cabinet Secretary Award – Coal River Group, St. Albans
 
Education and Community Involvement – Melissa Luna, WVU
 
Industry Greater than 100 Employees – Mullican Flooring, Ronceverte
 
Safe Dams – West Virginia Conservation Agency,
Charleston
 
Environmental Stewardship – Petersburg Elementary School, Petersburg
 
Municipal Landfill – Republic Services, Short Creek Landfill, Wheeling
 
Industry Greater than 100 Employees – Norfolk Southern Bluefield Rail Yard, Bluefield
 
Environmental Stewardship – Hometown Elementary School, Red House
 
Land Revitalization – Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, Weirton
 
Outstanding Litter Control Officer – Patricia Blevins, McDowell County Solid Waste
 
Industry Greater than 100 Employees – Warren Northeast, Glen Dale
 
Education and Community Involvement – Friends of Mill Creek, Ripley
 
Environmental Stewardship – Paint Creek Watershed Association, Gallagher
 
Clean Energy – Eastwood Elementary School,
Morgantown
 
Environmental Partnership – City of Huntington, Stormwater Division
 
Education and Community Involvement – James Rye,
WVU
 
Education and Community Involvement – Joe and Vonda Gumm, Randolph County Recycling Center, Elkins
   

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 926-0499 x 1335
Jacob.P.Glance@wv.gov
 

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