|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
January 18, 2011
CONTACT: Robbie Wilbur
MDEQ ACCEPTS THE COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE INTO enHANCE PROGRAM
(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) recently accepted Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus as a Leader in its enHance program. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties, and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can choose from three tiers: Associate, Steward, or Leader.
“We are pleased that Columbus Air Force Base has joined the enHance program, and they should be commended for their commitment to doing good work and their leadership in achieving standards beyond their environmental permit requirements,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.
“Columbus Air Force Base prides itself in being good stewards of the environment,” said Colonel Barre Seguin, 14th Flying Training Wing Commander. “We strive daily to ensure our current operations meet or exceed local, state and federal environmental standards and champion research and solutions to mitigate our legacy environmental concerns.”
enHance’s 2011 class:
14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus Air Force Base (Columbus)
The Cooper Tire Company (Tupelo)
Custom Engineered Wheels (Tupelo)
Flexsteel Commercial Seating Division (Starkville)
Nissan North America, Inc. Canton Manufacturing Plant (Canton)
Southern Natural Gas - Onward Compressor Station (Cary)
Membership Level Change (from Steward to Leader)
Leaf River Cellulose, LLC (New Augusta)
The City of Ridgeland
Zeon Chemicals Mississippi Plant (Hattiesburg)
U.S. Government Printing Office (Stennis Space Center)
Current enHance members:
Leaders --Baxter International (Cleveland), Caterpillar High Performance Extrusions (Oxford), Eka Chemicals (Columbus), Haworth (Bruce), Hunter Douglas (Tupelo), International Paper (Redwood), Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) (Gulfport), Nucor/General Recycling (Flowood), and Southern Natural Gas - Pickens Station (Pickens).
Stewards -- Columbus Brick (Columbus), DTE Petcoke (Vicksburg), Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Gulfport), Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (Ocean Springs), and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Pascagoula).
Associates -- GDF Suez Choctaw Gas Generation (Ackerman), GDF Suez Red Hills Power Plant (Ackerman), and Gulf States Manufacturers - a Nucor Company (Starkville).
Information about the program is available at: http://www.deq.state.ms.us/enhance.
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