U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is accepting applications for the 2011 Clean Water Awards. The awards recognise outstanding water treatment plant performance in the poultry industry. Winners will be announced at the Environmental Management Seminar, March 9-10, in Nashville, TN.
Poultry companies were committed to environmental stewardship and did a great job in their water treatment operations, said Steve Willardsen, Cargill Value Added Meats, Wichita, KS, and chairman of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.
There are two categories for the award: one for full treatment facilities - those that fully reclaim their wastewater prior to discharge into receiving water or final land application system, and one for pretreatment facilities - those that discharge pretreated effluent to publicly-owned full treatment facilities. Any US Poultry member company is eligible to submit one nominee in each category. Facilities which have previously won the award may not be re-nominated for five years. The deadline for submitting applications is December 31, 2010.
An evaluation committee will review the applications and select two semifinalist facilities in each category. The committee will then visit the semifinalist facilities to select the award recipients. The committee includes university personnel, industry engineers and managers, and state regulatory officials. Award recipients will receive a trophy, be profiled on the U.S. Poultry web site, and receive assistance from the Association in publicising the award on a local, regional, and national level.
The winners of the 2010 Clean Water Awards were American Proteins, Hanceville, AL, for full treatment; and Wayne Farms, Decatur, AL, for pretreatment. Perdue Farms, Perry, GA, received honorable mention in the full treatment category. The Tyson Foods Fresh Retail Division, Wilkesboro, NC, received honorable mention for pretreatment.
Source: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association