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Awards Presented for Environmental Excellence in New Mexico

Release Date: 11/5/1998
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

    During a November 5 ceremony in the New Mexico Capitol Rotunda, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented nine Regional Administrator's Environmental Excellence Awards.

     "These awards are a wonderful reminder of the many people and organizations who are working to protect our environment and the public health. It's nice to be able to recognize a few very important contributions today," EPA Regional Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Deputy Director Barbara Greenfield said.

     New Mexico Environment Secretary Pete Maggiore also participated in the ceremony. He said, "We tend to focus more on environmental problems than environmental successes. Each of these winners sacrificed a great deal to preserve and protect our quality of life. We cannot overstate the importance of environmental responsibility."

     During the ceremony winners were given plaques, Environmental Excellence flags and Environmental Excellence pins.

     A listing of awards, categories and winners follows:

Wellhead Protection
     City of Espanola

Pollution Prevention and Recycling
  Pollution Prevention
     Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Albuquerque
  Recycling
     New Mexico State University Physical Plant Department
     Sodexho-Marriot Services at New Mexico State University

Nonpoint Source Management
     Rio Puerco Watershed Committee
          chaired by the Bureau of Land Management, Albuquerque Office

Environmental Education
     Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, New Mexico Museum of Natural History
     Project del Rio

Partnership for Environmental Excellence
     New Mexico Environment Department for Environmental Education Roundtable
     New Mexico Environment Department for Superfund Program

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