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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.

2017 Awards

2018-boeing-electronics-center 

Congratulations to Boeing Electronics Center (BEC) for their third Commitment to Compliance Award. This latest award represents five years of perfect compliance with the regulations. Since 1995, when King County Industrial Waste began its awards program, BEC has received 17 Gold Awards and 4 Silver Awards. 

BEC was established as an aircraft/aerospace electronics research and development facility in 1987. 

Boeing takes a methodical approach to sampling their wastewater. They have a database that initiates a work order for each sampling requirement in their permit. If a sample isn’t logged in response to the work order, the database triggers a warning. This procedure allows them to stay on top of their sampling, which helps them win the gold award for the year. Boeing noted that for the past four years the amount of hazardous wastewater and sludge generated from BEC’s clarifier cleaning process has been significantly reduced.

When KCIW met with BEC to present the Commitment to Compliance Award, everyone there acknowledged that it was a team effort. So we say congratulations to the whole team as they continue to their long-term commitment to preventing pollution and protecting our environment.

2018-boeing-commercial-airplane-renton 

Displaying a true commitment to compliance, Boeing Commercial Airplane – Renton has earned a Gold award every year since 1998. Let that sink in for a moment. This means that in nineteen years of discharging wastewater to the King County system, they have not been late on a single report, have had no violations, and have remained in compliance with the regulations. That strong effort has landed them four Commitment to Compliance awards.

In 2001, Boeing Commercial Airplane also received the Envirovation Award for the upgrade of their treatment plant. The upgrades allowed them to reduce their use of treatment chemicals by 25%, increase plant safety, and reduce the volume of contaminated groundwater being treated and discharged to sewer by 50%.

KCIW appreciates Boeing’s efforts and hopes to see them in another five years for the next Commitment to Compliance award presentation.

2018-protective-coatings 

Protective Coatings, Inc. is an electroplating and metals finishing job shop. The company has been in operation since May 1979 and have been a KCIW customer since 1995. They treat their industrial wastewater onsite before they discharge it to the sanitary sewer.

In their time as our customer, Protective Coatings has earned sixteen Gold and one Silver award. In 2008, they were selected for the Envirovation Award given for leadership in environmental protection. The award is given to area facilities who voluntarily go beyond regulatory obligations to manage operations in ways that support King County’s efforts to protect public health and enhance the environment. This is the second time they have earned the Commitment to Compliance Award. 

Protective Coatings takes their commitment to environmental protection seriously. They are investing in new equipment and want to continue to improve their practices.

Thank you to the A. O. Smith Corporation for serving this region and for keeping a perfect record of compliance over the last 5 years. We wish them the best in their move to Nashville and know they will continue their efforts to keep water clean in their new home.

We are pleased to present Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel LLC with their first Commitment-to-Compliance award. This award, presented to companies with at least five years of perfect monthly compliance with their discharge permits, shows that Aramark is leading by example with their environmental stewardship.

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 2017 Gold Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc., Redmond
  • Alaskan Copper Works - 6th Ave., Seattle
  • A.O. Smith Corp., Renton
  • Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel LLC, Kent
  • Black Oxide LLC, Auburn
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane - North Field, Seattle
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane, Renton
  • Boeing Company - Plant 2 Facility, Seattle
  • Boeing Electronics Center, Renton
  • Burlington Environmental LLC - Kent
  • Cedar Grove Composting Inc., Maple Valley
  • Cintas Corporation, Renton
  • City of Seattle - Seattle Public Utilities - Kent Highlands Landfill
  • CMC ICOS Biologics Inc., Bothell
  • Esterline Hytek Finishes Co., Kent
  • Glacier Northwest Inc. - Kenmore Facility
  • GM Nameplate Inc., Seattle
  • Honeywell International Inc., Redmond
  • Kenworth Truck, Renton
  • Kerry Inc., Seattle
  • King County Solid Waste Division - Algona Transfer Station
  • MicroSurgical Technology, Redmond
  • National Industrial Concepts, Woodinville
  • Pacific Iron and Metal Inc., Seattle
  • Phillips 66 Company - Renton Terminal
  • Precor Inc. - Plant 2, Woodinville
  • Protective Coatings Inc., Kent
  • Qualawash Holdings LLC, Kent
  • Red Dot Corporation, Seattle
  • Safeway Inc. - Beverage Plant, Bellevue
  • Skills Inc. - Auburn Facility
  • Smith Brothers Farms Milk Plant, Kent
  • Spiration Inc. dba Olympus Respiratory America, Redmond
  • Starbucks Coffee Co. - Kent Flexline Facility
  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville
  • Terex Washington Inc. - South Campus, Redmond
  • TLP Management Services LLC, Seattle
  • UniSea Inc., Redmond
  • Vectra Fitness Inc. - Kent
  • Waste Management National Services - 8th Avenue South Reload Facility, Seattle
  • Western Pneumatic Tube Company LLC, Kirkland
  • Western Washington Coca-Cola Bottling LLC, Bellevue

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 2017 Silver Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • Boeing Commercial Airplane – Auburn, Auburn
  • ASKO Processing Inc., Seattle
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane, Auburn
  • Ceradyne Inc., a 3M Company, Seattle
  • ConAgra Foods, Kent
  • Davis Wire Corp., Kent
  • Exotic Metals Forming Co., Kent
  • Foss Maritime Company, Seattle
  • Marel Seattle Inc., Seattle
  • National Products Inc., Seattle
  • Northwest Cascade Inc. - Septage Thickening and Dewatering Facility
  • Partner Therapeutics, Lynnwood
  • Primus International - University Swaging Division. Woodinville
  • Tim's Cascade Snacks, Algona
  • Trident Seafoods Corp., Seattle
  • Tri-Way Industries Inc., Auburn
  • Washington State Dept. of Transportation - Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project, SR 99 Bored Tunnel, Seattle
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