NBC Honors Local Organizations for Environmental Excellence

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  • Posted May 24, 2012
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NBC Honors Local Organizations for Environmental Excellence

On May 24, 2012, the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) held its eighteenth annual Environmental Merit Awards Ceremony. Each year the NBC recognizes those companies among its 1500 permitted users who have achieved perfect regulatory compliance and outstanding pollution prevention in the previous year.


The Narragansett Bay Commission’s Pretreatment Program is one of the most successful in the United States. In 1991 and 1998, the program was named Best in the US by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In 2009, the NBC’s program received the Excellence in Pretreatment Award from USEPA for Region 1.

The NBC also honored Providence Community Health Centers, Inc. with a Stormwater Management Award for efforts to reduce and manage the flow of stormwater from their facilities in Providence into the combined sewer system, thereby enhancing protection of our urban rivers and Narragansett Bay. The new stormwater management system facility eliminates the entire amount of stormwater flows during a 2, 10, and 100 year storm events to the NBC combined sewer system.

The University of Rhode Island Center for Pollution Prevention received a Pollution Prevention Award for their work to educate and prepare students to find sustainable and cost effective solutions to environmental problems. To-date more than 500 companies, many of which are located within the NBC’s service district, have eliminated millions of pounds of waste, reduced environmental liability and health risks, and have increased business profitability due to the work of the Center.

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit delivered the keynote address. “Hats off to the 19 companies being honored today for their stellar environmental compliance records,” said Coit. “When businesses care about the impact they have on the environment, they are making a long-term investment in Rhode Island —and that means a better place to live, work, and play for us all.  Director Coit also commended Providence Community Health Centers, Inc. and URI’s Center for Pollution Prevention for working to manage storm water runoff and eliminate waste. “Your efforts are moving us forward in a positive direction, as illustrated by the improved health of the Narragansett Bay watershed.”

NBC Chairman Vincent J. Mesolella noted the importance of these awards, “Being perfect isn’t easy, and the Narragansett Bay Commission appreciates extra efforts that these organizations make to protect our urban rivers and Narragansett Bay. Ultimately their hard work makes Rhode Island a better place for us all.”

The NBC also honored nineteen local companies for achieving perfect compliance with all parameters in their NBC permits.

For photos of the event, visit the NBC Facebook page: facebook.com/narrabay

2011 Perfect Compliance Award Winners


A. Harrison & Company, Inc.

A.T. Cross Company

AG&G Incorporated

Callico Metals, Inc. dba Oster Pewter

Darlene Group, Inc.

Electrolizing, Inc.

Fujifilm Electronic Materials USA, Inc.

Hord Crystal Corporation

Impco, Inc.

Materion Technical Materials, Inc.

Metallurgical Solutions, Inc.

Osram Sylvania, Inc.

Providence Journal Company - Production Facility

Providence Metallizing Company, Inc.

Stackbin Corporation

Tanury Industries PVD, Inc.

Technodic, Inc.

Umicore USA, Incorporated

Vital Diagnostics, Inc.