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Carrollton Awarded Pretreatment Leadership Award

Post Date:08/09/2010 8:00 AM

 

Carrollton Awarded Pretreatment Leadership Award

The City of Carrollton’s Environmental Services Department received the Pretreatment Pollution Prevention Leadership Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region VI Pretreatment Association August 5.

The EPA Region VI Pretreatment Association is made up of pretreatment professionals from EPA Region VI, state environmental agencies, publicly-owned-treatment-works (POTWs) and municipalities from five states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

“Ta' Soriaga, Carrollton’s Environmental Quality Division Manager, and her group have worked very hard for years, positioning themselves to earn this important recognition. A key consideration in being selected was Carrollton's extensive work in pollution prevention across multiple programs. This includes integration of stormwater, pretreatment, pollution control and food safety as well as significant participation from Public Works, Engineering and Building Inspection,” commented Scott Hudson, Director of Environmental Services for the City of Carrollton. “Another important element was demonstrating City Council ownership, shown by Council's adoption of the environmental policy and ongoing involvement in selecting local industries for environmental recognition each year. This award would not have been possible without the continued support of the City staff and officials.”

The City’s Pretreatment Program is part of the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) to control the pollutants, such as heavy metals, organic chemicals, drugs, oil and grease, discharged into sewer systems from homes, commercial buildings and industrial facilities to the wastewater treatment plants. Reduction of pollutants prior to wastewater treatment is important to prevent clogging of sewer lines and overloading of the treatment plant which could cause these pollutants to pass through into drinking source and recreational surface waters.

For more information about the Pretreatment Leadership Award, call Patrick Allen, the City’s Pretreatment Program Coordinator at 972-466-3060 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/environmentalservices.

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