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The Rewards and Recognition Program recognizes industrial wastewater dischargers that meet or exceed wastewater discharge permit requirements.

These award winners help protect public health and the environment by controlling the discharge of substances that can degrade wastewater treatment, harm workers, damage facilities or reduce water and biosolids quality.

Awards are announced in the spring and listed here through the first quarter of the following year.

Commitment-to-Compliance, Gold and Silver Awards: Each year, KCIW recognizes significant industrial users of the sewer system that have maintained an excellent record of compliance with rules and regulations for the previous calendar year with Commitment-to-Compliance, Gold and Silver awards.

The EnvirOvation Award is given to industrial users of the sewer system that are leaders in environmental protection.

Commitment-to-Compliance Award

The Commitment-to-Compliance Award honors companies that have received a Gold Award for five consecutive years.

Thanks to our 2016 Commitment-to-Compliance Award recipient for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • Alaskan Copper Works - 6th Ave., Seattle
  • Baker Commodities Inc., Seattle
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane - North Field, Seattle
  • Seattle Public Utilities - Kent Highlands Landfill, Kent
  • Tri-Way Industries Inc., Auburn

Gold Award

The Gold Award is awarded to an individual facility that during the calendar year:

  • has had an active industrial wastewater discharge permit each month
  • has discharged industrial wastewater at least three months
  • has collected all samples required by its permit
  • has had no King County-issued violations (e.g. code, permit, discharge) or other actions (e.g. final notices, fines, enforcement) issued to the permitted facility
  • has not been in Significant Non-compliance status
  • has had no late report
  • has had no self-monitoring violations

Special notes:

  1. mid-tier facilities are eligible for the award
  2. a monthly average violation or a self-reported permit or code violation is the equivalent of a self-monitoring violation
  3. if one or more self-monitoring reports for a permit with multiple locators is late (in a single reporting period), it’s considered as one late report for award evaluation.
  4. a single screening level exceedance is not a violation; however having multiple exceedances requiring county or facility action (in accordance with permit conditions) is considered a King County violation for the purposes of this award evaluation

Thanks to our 2016 Gold Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • A.O. Smith Corp., Renton
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc., Redmond
  • Alaskan Copper Works - 6th Ave., Seattle
  • Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel LLC, Kent
  • Art Brass Plating Inc., Seattle
  • ASKO Processing Inc., Seattle
  • Baker Commodities Inc., Seattle
  • Black Oxide LLC, Auburn
  • BNSF Railway Co. - Interbay Facility, Seattle
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane – North Field, Seattle
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane – Renton, Renton
  • Boeing Company - Plant 2 Facility, Seattle
  • Boeing Electronics Center, Renton
  • BP West Coast Products LLC, Seattle
  • Cedar Grove Composting Inc., Maple Valley
  • ConAgra Foods, Kent
  • Darigold Inc. - Rainier Plant, Seattle
  • Davis Wire Corp., Kent
  • Eldec Corp., Lynnwood
  • Esterline Hytek Finishes Co., Kent
  • Exotic Metals Forming Co., Kent
  • Foss Maritime Company, Seattle
  • G & K Services, Renton
  • Glacier Northwest Inc. - Kenmore Facility, Kenmore
  • GM Nameplate Inc., Seattle
  • Honeywell International Inc., Redmond
  • Island Spring Inc., Vashon Island
  • Kenworth Truck Co., Renton
  • Kerry Inc.. Seattle
  • King County Solid Waste Division - Algona Transfer Station, Algona
  • King County Solid Waste Division - Bow Lake Transfer Station, Tukwila
  • King County Solid Waste Division - Houghton Transfer Station, Kirkland
  • Magnetic and Penetrant Services Co., Seattle
  • Mastercraft Metal Finishing Inc., Seattle
  • National Industrial Concepts, Woodinville
  • Northwest Cascade Inc. - Septage Thickening and Dewatering Facility, Pacific
  • Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport, BW, SeaTac
  • Primus International - University Swaging Division, Woodinville
  • Protective Coatings Inc., Kent
  • Red Dot Corporation, Seattle
  • Safeway Inc. - Beverage Plant, Bellevue
  • Seattle Public Utilities - Kent Highlands Landfill, Kent
  • Skills Inc. - Auburn Facility, Auburn
  • Spiration Inc. dba Olympus Respiratory America, Redmond
  • Starbucks Coffee Company - Kent Flexline Facility, Kent
  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville
  • Terex Washington Inc. - North Campus, Redmond
  • Terex Washington Inc. - South Campus, Redmond
  • Tim's Cascade Snacks, Algona
  • TOC Holdings Co., Seattle
  • Tri-Way Industries Inc., Auburn

Silver Award

The Silver Award is awarded to an individual facility that during the calendar year:

  • has had an active industrial wastewater discharge permit each month
  • has discharged industrial wastewater at least three months
  • has collected all samples required by its permit
  • has had no King County-issued violations (e.g. code, permit, discharge) or other actions (e.g. final notices, fines, enforcement) issued to the permitted facility
  • has not been in Significant Non-compliance status
  • has no more than one late report
  • has not exceeded the number of self-monitoring violations allowed, as follows:
Sampling frequency No. of samples per year in violation
Semi-annual/quarterly 0
Monthly/bi-monthly 1
Weekly 2
Daily 4

Special notes:

  1. mid-tier facilities are eligible for the award
  2. a monthly average violation or a self-reported permit or code violation that only requires a response letter is the equivalent of a self-monitoring violation
  3. if one or more self-monitoring reports for a permit with multiple locators is late (in a single reporting period), it’s considered as one late report for award evaluation
  4. a single screening level exceedance is not a violation; however having multiple exceedances requiring county or facility action (in accordance with permit conditions) is considered a King County violation for the purposes of this award evaluation.

Thanks to our 2016 Silver Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • Boeing Commercial Airplane – Auburn, Auburn
  • Ceradyne Inc., a 3M Company – Seattle, Seattle
  • CMC ICOS Biologics Inc., Bothell
  • Darigold Inc. - Issaquah Plant, Issaquah
  • Encore Oils LLC, Seattle
  • King County Solid Waste Division - Renton Transfer Station, Renton
  • MicroSurgical Technology, Redmond
  • National Products Inc., Seattle
  • Pacific Iron and Metal Inc., Seattle
  • Phillips 66 Company - Renton Terminal, Renton
  • Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport, IWS, SeaTac
  • Precor Inc. - Plant 2, Woodinville
  • Prototron Circuits Inc., Redmond
  • Qualawash Holdings LLC, Kent
  • Rabanco Recycling Co., Seattle
  • Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC, Lynnwood
  • Seattle Public Utilities - South Transfer Station, Seattle
  • Shasta Beverages, Tukwila
  • Smith Brothers Farms Milk Plant, Kent
  • Trident Seafoods Corp., Seattle
  • UniSea Inc., Redmond
  • University of Washington Seattle Campus, Seattle
  • Waste Management National Services - 8th Avenue South Reload Facility, Seattle
  • Western Pneumatic Tube Company LLC, Kirkland
  • Western Washington Coca-Cola Bottling LLC, Bellevue
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