Quincy, IL (October 27, 2008)--Harris Corporation was named the recipient of the 2008 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) award, presented by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) in Washington, D.C. The award was given for the company’s efforts in pollution prevention and dedication to protecting people, property and the environment at its manufacturing facility in Quincy, IL.
Harris was one of five companies or organizations nationwide to receive this year's award. Andy Edgar, senior manager of facilities and environmental compliance, and Phil Timmons, director of Quincy operations, accepted the award on behalf of Harris Broadcast Communications. The NPPR honored Harris Broadcast's radio and television broadcast transmitter manufacturing facility in Quincy for its major reductions in waste, energy consumption and water usage.
Harris received the MVP2 Award based on several employee-empowered pollution prevention projects, including a closed-loop water cooling system that has reduced water usage in its product testing process by nearly 21.6 million gallons per year. The company also implemented several toxicity reduction projects to eliminate toxic heavy metals and raw material impurities from the manufacturing processes. The result is a 30-to-35 cubic yard reduction in waste that equates to a 75 percent decrease in hazardous waste volumes from its wastewater pretreatment operation, and a 50 percent pretreatment chemical usage reduction.
The company's Quincy operation has been a four-time recipient of the Illinois Governor's Pollution Prevention Award and has received a Community Green Award for its efforts in recycling and waste volume reductions. The Quincy operation also has received an Industrial Achievement Award form the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators.