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Summary of 2002 Winners

The Ninth Annual Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention were presented by Commissioner Erin M. Crotty at a ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany during the 14th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference on May 30, 2002.

Small Business

C.H. Thompson Company, Inc. (2002) C. H. Thompson is an industrial metal finishing company located in Binghamton, Broome County. The company eliminated the generation of two highly toxic substances, hexavalent chromium and ferricyanides, by developing a new process for coating aluminum. As a result, the company avoided generating more than 67,000 pounds of hazardous waste from this facility. In addition C.H. Thompson improved worker safety by eliminating potential exposure of its workers to carcinogens and highly toxic substances.

Mid-Size Businesses

Owens Corning (2002) Owens Corning is a manufacturer of fiberglass building insulation located in Delmar, Albany County. The company installed an oxygen-fuel glass melting technology, which eliminated direct mixing of ambient nitrogen within the furnaces' burners. Using this new technology and eliminating a nitrogen compound from the molten glass process led to an annual reduction of more than 270 tons/year of nitrogen oxides.

The Sentry Group (2002) The Sentry Group is a family-owned manufacturer of fire-resistant storage equipment located in Rochester, Monroe County. The company changed a touch-up painting operation from a solvent-based coating to a water-based coating, and also developed a partnership with Sherwin-Williams Paint Company to formulate a water-based touch-up paint. Through this material substitution and a more efficiently designed powder coating operation, Sentry Group achieved a Conditionally-Exempt Small Quantity Generator status at the end of 2001.

Ulano Corporation (2002) Ulano Corporation is a graphic arts supply manufacturer located in Brooklyn, Kings County, that specializes in stencil-making products for screen printing. By substituting non-hazardous water-based emulsions for all of the hazardous solvent-based coatings, Ulano achieved a 79 percent reduction in toluene emissions. The project also resulted in a 94 percent reduction of hazardous waste generated.

Large Business

DuPont Yerkes Plant (2002) The DuPont-Yerkes plant in Buffalo, Erie County, is a large manufacturing facility that produces two consumer products - Corian® and Tedlar®. The company developed a program that resulted in an annual reduction of 867,000 pounds of manufacturing waste that formerly went to a landfill. The project also achieved a significant reduction in the company's costs for manufacturing Corian.

Federal, State and Local Governments and Educational Institutions

Rochester Institute of Technology (2002) The National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NCR³) at Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe County, is a leading center for applied research and development in remanufacturing technology. NCR3 developed technologies for the automotive remanufacturing industry that made processes more energy- and resource-efficient, environmentally-responsible and cost-effective. These technologies were tested at two automotive remanufacturing facilities and showed that if similar systems were installed in all 945 automotive remanufacturing facilities in New York State, the potential benefits would be a reduction in natural gas consumption of more than 27.6 million cubic feet per year, a reduction in power consumption of more than 4.39 million kilowatt hours (KWH) per year, the elimination of a hazardous waste stream of more than 125,000 gallons per year, and a reduction in non-hazardous waste of more than 560,000 gallons per year.

SUNY at Geneseo (2002) The State University of New York at Geneseo, Livingston County, implemented a multi-faceted pollution prevention program that resulted in the elimination of leaks of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and hexavalent chromium, and the minimization of petroleum leaks. In addition, the institution achieved 90 percent reduction in the use of chemical herbicides, a 94 percent reduction in the release of Title V hazardous air pollutants, and a nearly 90 percent reduction in hazardous waste generated by campus operations annually.

Environmental, Community and Civic Organizations

Piermont Landing Homeowners Association (2002) The Piermont Landing Homeowners' Association (PLHOA), Rockland County, developed a policy regarding the use of toxic chemicals for purposes of landscaping maintenance at this residential development. The result of this policy has been a complete substitution of chemical pesticides and fertilizers with organic pesticides and fertilizers. This residential area is adjacent to Piermont Marsh, a protected National Estuarine Research Reserve wetlands.

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