Company Receives Environmental Excellence Gold Award
By Mark S. Kuhar
Two of Lehigh Hanson Inc.’s Hanson Aggregates facilities in Texas were recognized for their environmental efforts by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). The company’s Bridgeport Quarry in Chico, Texas, and its Arena Sand & Gravel Plant in Garwood, Texas, both received the NSSGA’s Environmental Excellence Gold Award, the association’s top award for environmental stewardship.
“At Lehigh Hanson, environmental sustainability is a key component of our corporate culture and business strategy,” said Dan Harrington, president and CEO. “We are extremely pleased to be recognized by the NSSGA for our superior environmental performance at the Bridgeport and Arena aggregate facilities. These awards are indicative of the efforts of our employees across the country to deliver best-in-class performance and operate in an environmentally responsible manner.”
The Bridgeport Quarry and Arena Sand & Gravel Plant are among the company’s largest and most technically advanced aggregate facilities in North America. In addition to state-of-the-art technology and environmental controls, both facilities have comprehensive waste minimization, pollution prevention and recycling programs in place that focus on first minimizing any waste and then recycling to the fullest extent possible. These programs focus on raw materials, water and fuels as well as items such as lubricants, fluids, electronics, tires, batteries, light bulbs, scrap metals and just about anything used or consumed as part of daily operations.
In addition, both facilities have not had any processing or storm water discharges in more than five years and have extensive reclamation and biodiversity programs in place even though they are not required by state regulations.
The NSSGA’s Environmental Excellence Awards program was created in 1992 to provide national recognition for aggregate producers that meet and exceed technical, environmental and regulatory requirements.