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EPA Selects Environmental Achievement Award Winners - Two Awardees from Maryland

Release Date: 09/16/2009
Contact Information: Roy Seneca; seneca.roy@epa.gov, 215-814-5567

PHILADELPHIA (September 16, 2009) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mid-Atlantic region today announced 10 winners of its second annual environmental achievement awards including two from Maryland – the Solid Waste Management Division of Cecil County government and the National Security Agency facility in Fort Meade.

“People and organizations throughout our region are making great strides in environmental protection, and these awards recognize some of the shining stars who are doing more than their share to keep our planet healthy and inspiring others to do the same,” said acting EPA Regional Administrator William C. Early.

The Mid-Atlantic Environmental Achievement Awards recognize groups, agencies, individuals and businesses making extraordinary contributions to improving the environment in the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The winning entries were selected from among more than 60 nominations. The Maryland award winners include:

    The Solid Waste Management Division in Cecil County’s Department of Public Works for its proactive approach to recycling, environmental education and other environmental programs. The initiatives taken by Cecil County were especially important because of the county’s close proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. Located in the northeastern corner of the state, five rivers flow through the county forming the head of the Chesapeake Bay.

    National Security Agency in Fort Meade for its recycling efforts. In 2008, the agency’s Fort Meade campus recycled more than 11 million pounds (5,815 tons) of materials. All money earned from recycling efforts is used to improve future recycling activities, to support pollution prevention initiatives, and to fund morale, welfare, and recreation activities that benefit the workforce.
EPA presents awards in three categories: non-profit or volunteer organization; business and industry; and state, local or other federal government agency. For a full list winners and more information on the awards, visit: http://www.epa.gov/region03/EnvironmentalAwards/winners2009.htm.