CITGO terminal wins 'green' award
Apr 29, 2009 11:23 AM
The CITGO Chesapeake VA terminal, located on the southern branch of the Elizabeth River, has been recognized as a Model Level participant in the River Stars environmental program.
"Our industry is too often portrayed as the cause of environmental problems not the solution, so itís great to join with the community and other businesses to make a positive impact on the river," said Bob Alvis, assistant regional manager with CITGO Petroleum Corp. "We believe that no matter what has happened in the past, a clean river is possible with everyoneís commitment."
In addition, the terminal has been recognized by the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council to receive the 2008 Business and Industry Award. The award recognizes the terminalís efforts in pollution prevention, habitat planting, and corporate and community mentorship programs.
CITGO, based in Houston TX, was honored with the River Stars award that designates the highest level of pollution prevention and habitat support.
To earn designation, the terminal made a significant investment in its operational facilities. Wastewater, air quality, and spill pollution prevention and control systems were implemented throughout the terminal that exceed required environmental regulations, the company said.
To help re-grow ecosystems, the facility developed more than 15,000 square feet of land into wildlife habitats, planting native species and installing bird houses and feeders. Three acres of land adjacent to the terminal have been set aside that will not be developed as part of a land conservation agreement with the Elizabeth River Project.
The project works to restore the river to the highest practical level of environmental quality through government, business, and community partnerships.
Also honored by the project were Hess Corp Chesapeake Terminal, Achievement Level for significant results in pollution prevention and wildlife habitat; Colonial Pipeline and TransMontaigne Product Services Norfolk Complex, Commitment Level for significant results in either pollution prevention or wildlife enhancement
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