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Auburn-area industrial facilities earn recognition for environmental compliance

For the Reporter

Seventy area facilities that met or exceeded wastewater discharge permit requirements this year earned environmental compliance awards from King County's Industrial Waste Program.

Each year, the Industrial Waste Program, which operates as part of King County's Wastewater Treatment Division, honors local facilities whose business practices contribute to regional pollution prevention goals.

The Industrial Waste Program presented a Gold Award to 46 facilities – four from the Auburn area – for compliance with wastewater discharge regulations every month in 2012 with no violations. Those in the Auburn area were: Black Oxide LLC; Boeing Commercial Airplane; Tim's Cascade Snacks; and Tri-Way Industries Inc.

Auburn's Accurate Industries was among 24 facilities that earned a Silver Award for having no King County monitoring discharge violations in 2012.

Since 1969, the Industrial Waste Program has required industrial facilities to pretreat wastewater before discharging it into the sewer to protect the County's treatment system and its workers as well as the environment and public health.

In addition to applying federal, state and local environmental regulations and monitoring facilities for compliance, the program educates industrial users about regulatory requirements and pollution prevention.

The program operates as part of the County's Wastewater Treatment Division. For more information about the King County Industrial Waste Program, visit www.kingcounty.gov/industrialwaste.

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