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Newport, N.H. Treatment Plant Operator Recognized for Outstanding Service

Release Date: 07/14/2010
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – July 14, 2010) – Arnold Greenleaf of the Newport, N.H. Wastewater Treatment Facility was honored by EPA with the "2009 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Award."

The EPA Regional award program recognizes municipal personnel in the wastewater field who have provided invaluable public service operating wastewater treatment facilities throughout New England. Mr. Greenleaf is the Superintendent of the Newport Wastewater Treatment Plant and has been associated with the treatment plant for nearly 25 years. Mr. Greenleaf’s nomination was highly recommended by the NHDES, as well as other highly regarded individuals in the profession. 

EPA’s New England office formally acknowledged Mr. Greenleaf’s contributions during the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference at the Boston Copley Marriott Hotel earlier this year. However, because of necessary work that had to be taken care of at the plant and collection system due to poor weather conditions, Mr. Greenleaf was unable to attend at the time. This is yet another example of his dedication to the profession and to the Town of Newport. Staff from the U.S. EPA Regional Office and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) presented the award to Mr. Greenleaf in person at the Newport plant on July 13.

Typical of wastewater professional, Mr. Greenleaf is humble and will always deflect credit to his staff and management team. These professionals include Richard Boone, Operator; Mike Denno, Utilities Technician; Kurt Laurie, Utilities Technician; Mike McGill, Utilities Technician; Robert Naylor, Water and Sewer Superintendent; Daniel O’Neill, Town Manager; Judy Schinck, Secretary; John Shull, Utilities Technician; Amy Spreadbury, Bookkeeper; and Larry Wiggins, Public Works Director.

“The professionals overseeing the operations and maintenance of our wastewater treatment plants play a crucial role in ensuring that our lakes and rivers are protected from unnecessary pollution,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator for EPA's New England Office. "I am proud to acknowledge Mr. Greenleaf’s outstanding and unwavering efforts, along with his staff, colleagues, and town officials to help keep New Hampshire’s waterways clean, and to further protect water quality and public health.”

More information: Wastewater Treatment Plant award program (http://www.epa.gov/owm/mtb/intnet.htm)

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