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2004 National Notable Achievement Award Ceremony

Photo of Michael Towle receiving OSC of the Year Award

Michael Towle receives OSC of the Year Award

The 2004 National Notable Achievement Awards Ceremony was held in Arlington, Virginia on April 27, 2004. Each year this program recognizes outstanding achievements in regional waste management programs. The Superfund National Notable Achievement Awards were established in the late 1980's to recognize the special achievements of on-scene coordinators, remedial project managers, community involvement coordinators and other Superfund staff. The awards program has expanded since its inception to recognize the growing emphasis on teamwork, and to reflect changes in the Superfund program. All 10 EPA Regions participate in the Awards program. At this year's ceremony, Mike Cook, Director of the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, presented the Superfund awards. He noted that the winners of each Superfund award category are "members of an elite group and to be a part of this group is a noteworthy thing."

The OSC of the Year is Michael Towle from Region 3 for his work at the Standard Chlorine of Delaware site (aka Metachem Products, LLC) in Delaware City, Delaware. The company owners declared bankruptcy, and left over 40 million pounds of hazardous chemicals in insecure tanks, pipelines, process vessels, and treatment systems. Mike developed innovative plans for consolidating and separating the chemicals, and determining which materials had to be handled as waste, products or recyclables. Through Mike's efforts, nearly 65% of the chemicals managed so far at the site have been shipped off-site for commercial uses as opposed to disposed, resulting in disposal cost savings. Mike also reached out to the community and local news media to keep them informed of the ongoing work at the site. Mike continues to manage the day-to-day removal operations at the site.

To learn more about the other award winners, please visit the 2004 National Notable Achievement Award Web site.


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