|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Robbie Wilbur|
July 28, 2009 601/961-5277
MDEQ enHANCE PROGRAM RECOGNIZES ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS
(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) opened the application period beginning July 1 for the enHance program. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program begun in 2008 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. The application process began July 1 and closes September 30, 2009.
“We are very excited about this program that rewards members for their leadership in protecting Mississippi’s environment. We had an outstanding first class of members, and we look forward to another great class of applicants. There are many entities in Mississippi doing good work and achieving standards beyond their permit requirements. We believe those facilities should be recognized for their leadership,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director. “In addition, successful participation in this program will result in the reduction of waste and the conservation of resources leading to long term economic benefits and continuous environmental enhancement.”
enHance’s first class of members included: Baxter Healthcare Corporation (Cleveland), Eka Chemicals (Columbus), Haworth, Inc. (Bruce), Hunter Douglas (Tupelo), International Paper (Redwood), Nucor and General Recycling (Flowood), and DTE Petcoke (Vicksburg).
Applications are available on the MDEQ website at http://www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/page/OPC_enHance?OpenDocument, and the deadline for submissions is September 30, 2009.
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