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City of Huntsville Honors Companies for Clean Air Contributions

City of Huntsville September 20, 2012
(Huntsville, AL) - The City of Huntsville and Mayor Tommy Battle presented the annual Air Pollution Control Achievement Awards today in the Council Chambers of Huntsville City Hall.

Five companies were recognized for significant contributions in emission reduction, air quality education and air quality stewardship. Honorees include Adtran, Boeing, Huntsville Hospital, National Copper & Smelting, and Saint Cobain Industrial Ceramics.

The Air Pollution Control Achievement Awards were established in 1997 to recognize voluntary efforts to reduce air pollutant emissions by industrial, institutional and commercial facilities within the City. Only those projects which go beyond regulatory requirements for controlling emissions are eligible for recognition.

2012 Award Recipients - Emission Reduction

ADTRAN, Inc. - The ADTRAN campus in Cummings Research Park West develops and manufactures digital telecommunications devices. As part of an ongoing program to reduce energy consumption, in 2011 ADTRAN upgraded the HVAC building controls in the East Tower and completed lighting retrofits in the East and North Tower high bays and in the parking garage for a combined total electricity savings of nearly 1.7 million kWh annually. ADTRAN has implemented a large number of energy conservation projects over the past several years. Conservation of electricity benefits air quality by lowering regional emissions from coal-fired power plants. (2005, 2010 and 2011 Award Recipient).

The Boeing Company - The Boeing facilities located in the Jetplex Industrial Park and Cummings Research Park in Huntsville provide design engineering, integration and testing services for missile defense systems and space exploration hardware. Continuing to implement a five-year master plan to reduce energy consumption, Boeing replaced 600 T12 light fixtures with higher efficiency T8 fixtures in 2011 reducing energy use by an estimated 238 MWh annually. (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Award Recipient).

Huntsville Hospital - Huntsville Hospital is a regional health care center located in the Huntsville Medical District. In 2011, Huntsville Hospital expanded the fleet of electric cars operating at their main campus from three to five, resulting in additional elimination of roughly 22,000 miles per year of gasoline engine Vehicle Miles Travelled (1100 gallons of gasoline at 20 mpg). A solar powered charging station was installed in 2010. (1998, 2004 and 2011 Award recipient).

National Copper & Smelting Company - National Copper manufactures copper tubing at their plant in the Chase Industrial Park in Huntsville. In 2011, National Copper removed a number of un-insulated skylights, added two inches of insulation and installed an Energy Star olefin membrane over their existing roof, thereby reducing the energy required to heat the manufacturing area and to heat and cool the office space. In addition, they replaced 40 T12 light fixtures with T8 fixtures, saving an estimated 16 MWh of electricity annually. (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Award Recipient).

Saint Gobain Industrial Ceramics - Saint Gobain manufactures industrial abrasives at their manufacturing plant on Cap Adkins Road in south Huntsville. The high exhaust temperatures from the electric arc furnaces and the abrasive characteristics of the raw materials and products pose special challenges with respect to particulate matter emission control and Saint Gobain has made a substantial investment in dust collection and control equipment. Recent improvements include installation of pulse-on-demand controllers and optical opacity monitors, and use of more durable bag filter material, extending bag life and reducing bag failure. In addition, a pneumatic conveying system was installed for material unloading and enclosed screw conveyors were installed in the Fume Bagging Building, thereby eliminating the fugitive dust emissions and the need for a capture and control system for these operations.

2012 Award Recipient - Air Quality Education

The Boeing Company - While continuing to implement previously developed programs to foster air quality education, in 2011 Boeing held an employee "celebration" event to promote energy conservation as a follow-up to The Boeing Company being named "Energy Star Partner of the Year" at the national level.

2012 Clay Durrett Air Quality Stewardship Award

In 2000, the Board established a special recognition for companies that have demonstrated on-going commitment to voluntary emission reductions, as evidenced by receipt of an Air Pollution Control Achievement Award for three consecutive years. The award is named in honor of Mr. Clay Durrett, who served on the Air Pollution Control Board over 22 years prior to his death in May 2000. ADTRAN received an achievement award for emissions reduction in 2005, 2010 and 2011. Six companies have previously received this special recognition for continued air quality stewardship. DaimlerChrysler received an Air Quality Stewardship Award in 2000, Engelhard received the award in 2001, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama received the award in 2009, and The Boeing Company, National Copper and Smelting Company, and Vulcan Materials Company received the award in 2010.

Air Pollution Control Awards History
In 1997 the Air Pollution Control Board of the City of Huntsville established the Air Pollution Control Achievement Awards Program. The program was established to recognize voluntary efforts to reduce air pollutant emissions by industrial, institutional and commercial facilities within the City. Only those projects which go beyond regulatory requirements for controlling emissions are eligible for recognition. In addition to highlighting the achievements of the award recipients, the program is intended to promote implementation of pollution prevention projects by other facilities in the area, and increase public awareness of air pollution control measures. In 1999, the Board expanded the program to include a separate awards category for outstanding efforts in environmental education.

Achievement Awards are presented each year in late summer or early fall. Past award winners are A. C. Inc., ADTRAN, Inc., APAC -Southeast, Inc., BASF Catalysts, LLC, The Boeing Company, CAER of Metro Huntsville, Classic Cleaners, DaimlerChrysler Huntsville Electronics, Engelhard Catalyst Technology Group, General Shale Products, Goodyear Dunlop Tires, Hanson Pipe & Precast, Huntsville Education Association, Huntsville Hospital, International Diesel Of Alabama, LLC, ISP Chemicals, Inc., Lockheed-Martin Space Systems, Mesker Door, National Copper & Smelting Company, Northrop-Grumman -Land Combat Systems, Parker-Hannifin Corporation, PEI Electronics, Raytheon, Sanmina-SCI Corporation, Siemens VDO Automotive Electronics Corp., Summa Technology, Inc., the Solid Waste Disposal Authority, Taylor-Wharton (Coyne), Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, U.S. Army Garrison-Redstone, Von Braun Center, and Vulcan Materials Company.

The 2012 Awards will be presented at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in the City Council Chambers located on the first floor of the Municipal Building at 308 Fountain Circle in downtown Huntsville.


For more information, contact:

Gloria Mims at gloria.mims@huntsvilleal.gov or call 256-427-5740.


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