Environmental and Safety Awards
Nalco's commitment to providing customers with solutions that are environmentally sustainable while operating safely has been acknowledged with a number of awards.
United States Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognizes and promotes the development of innovative green chemical technologies that prevent pollution and have broad industrial applications. An independent panel of experts named by the American Chemical Society selects the winners. Our 3D TRASAR® Technology for Cooling Water won a 2008 award in the area of greener reaction conditions.
Cooling systems for comfort in commercial buildings and cooling industrial processes require added chemicals to control microbial growth, mineral deposits and corrosion. Nalco developed 3D TRASAR technology to monitor the condition of cooling water continuously and add appropriate chemicals only when needed. The technique saves water and energy, optimizes the use of water-treatment chemicals, reduces air and wastewater emissions, and extends equipment life. More information on the water savings from this technology is available on our 3D TRASAR page.
In 1999 Nalco was recognized with a Green Chemistry Challenge Award for our Ultimer® polymers. Traditional oil-based emulsion polymers, commonly used for water treatment and as a process aid in many industries, introduce oil and surfactant into the environment. Our Ultimer polymers are manufactured in water-based salt solutions, eliminating the release of five million pounds of oil into the environment annually. In addition, the manufacturing process utilizes a waste by-product (ammonium sulfate) from another industrial process.
In 2011 Nalco was named one of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today magazine. The magazine recognized 12 companies for providing a safe working environment for their employees and serving as examples of companies that have achieved world-class safety status.
To be considered one of America’s Safest Companies, those selected must demonstrate: support from management and employee involvement; innovative solutions to safety challenges; injury and illness rates lower than the average for their industry; comprehensive training programs; evidence that prevention of incidents is the cornerstone of the safety process; good communication about the value of safety; and a way to substantiate the benefits of the safety process.
Nalco’s European operations received the 2011 International Fleet Safety Award from Fleet Europe magazine. The annual award is given to a company that has successfully implemented a safety project for its fleet that focuses on original tools and programs to improve the safety of its drivers, while taking into account optimizing Total Cost of Operations.
Our Garyville Plant in the United States has twice (in 2008 and 2011) won a SAFE (Serious About Fostering Excellence) Award for safety, environmental and community performance from the Louisiana Chemical Association. The SAFE program evaluates a plant’s performance in employee safety, contractor safety, environmental efforts and “good neighbor” activities with local communities. Winners are selected from almost 100 facilities statewide.
Our Fawley Plant in the United Kingdom has won 11 consecutive Gold Awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). RoSPA Gold Award winners have achieved a very high level of performance, demonstrating well developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss. For 10 years the plant has received the Chemical Industries Association Diamond Award for occupational safety and health.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration have given a Voluntary Protection Program Star Award to our Sugar Land Plant in the United States for outstanding workplace safety and health management.
Pollution Prevention Awards
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recognized our Garyville plant’s environmental and pollution prevention efforts with two consecutive Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Awards in 2010 and 2011.
The 2011 award was for a program to that reduced steam and use, saving approximately 4.8 billion BTUs of energy and more than 250 metric tons of related greenhouse gas emissions annually. Other changes allowed 900,000 pounds of a major raw material to be reclaimed annually and cut used waste oil disposal by 225,000 pounds. Changes in the plant’s wastewater system reduced the amount of nitrate compounds being released into the Mississippi River. Excess nitrogen in the river water causes hypoxia (oxygen depleted zones) in the Gulf of Mexico, harming sea life and impacting commercial fishing.
Illinois annually recognizes select companies for successful waste reduction activities. Illinois Governor's Pollution Prevention Awards are given to businesses and organizations that have helped the environment and the economy of the state by successfully reducing the generation of gaseous, liquid, and solid waste. Nalco has been honored nine times with this award, five times our Clearing Plant in Bedford Park has been recognized for manufacturing improvements that reduced energy and water use, as well as wastewater production.
In addition to our ULTIMER polymers, other Nalco green technologies have won Illinois Pollution Prevention Awards, including:
- Our STA•BR•EX® microbiological program, which mimics the naturally occurring stabilized bromine that white blood cells use to treat infection. It is less toxic to aquatic wildlife, safer for our customers' employees and generates less byproduct than un-stabilized halogen treatments.
- The PORTA-FEED® Advanced Chemical Handling System, a family of reusable containers, have eliminated the need to use and dispose of more than 4 million 55-gallon drums.
The Pennsylvania Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence honors businesses and organizations that tackle environmental problems and help build new businesses, enhance the bottom line and engage residents in a renewed commitment to investing in their communities. Our plant in Ellwood City was recognized for its waste minimization and water use reduction efforts in 2007 and 2009.