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July 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- July 8, 2009                                                                    

Contact: Philip Lo, Industrial Waste Section

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County 

 (562) 908-4288, ext. 2912 

or Sam Pedroza, Environmental Planner

(562) 908-4288, ext. 2310




Whittier, California - Certificates of Recognition were sent to 408 companies by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County for being "good corporate citizens" for the year 2008.  These companies were consistent in their compliance with all their industrial wastewater discharge requirements.  They met their limits for wastewater discharge, were free from any notices of violation, maintained their environmental equipment and fulfilled their permit requirements.  Seventy-one of the companies have received this recognition for the last five or more consecutive years.


"As far as we’re concerned, the 408 industries receiving certificates are our model citizens," notes Steve Maguin, Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Sanitation Districts.  "We appreciate their effort, particularly in these challenging economic times, because it makes our job of running a huge wastewater collection and treatment system so much easier."  Mr. Maguin announced the certificate awardees at the meetings of the Boards of Directors of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. 


"The recipients of these awards are pleased to receive them, knowing that the Sanitation Districts view industry as a partner in the effort to protect the environment," notes Sam Bell, Vice President of Metal Surfaces, Inc., of Bell Gardens and chair of the Industry Advisory Council.  "We hope this will continue to be an award that is sought after by industry and recognized by the public.  The Sanitation Districts have always worked closely with industry, and recognizing industry for conscientious compliance is a further step to encourage companies to meet regulations, protect the environment, and save water and energy."


The idea for the Certificates of Recognition originated with the Sanitation Districts’ Industry Advisory Council, an advisory group of 21 representatives from different industrial sectors.  The Council and the Sanitation Districts felt it was important that industries with good compliance records be recognized.  The Recognition Program is now in its thirteenth year.


"This is a great example of private industry working with regulators for economic and environmental benefits," said Cynthia Kurtz, President and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.  "Their determination and innovation show that we can support the economy while maintaining our quality of life." 


"The Districts hope this Recognition Program will further strengthen the relationship of government and industry working together for a better environment and a sustaining economy," added Paul Martyn, head of the Sanitation Districts’ Industrial Waste Section.


The Sanitation Districts are a partnership of independent special districts serving over 5 million people in 78 cities and the unincorporated territory within Los Angeles County.  The Sanitation Districts provide environmentally sound, cost effective wastewater and solid waste management, and in the process convert waste into resources such as reclaimed water, energy, and recycled materials.

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