BOISE, Idaho — Sept. 17, 2010 — Pocatello’s ON Semiconductor is among only five Idaho businesses chosen this year as “Pollution Prevention Champions” by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in recognition of its efforts to protect the environment. September is Pollution Prevention Month, an annual event designed to draw attention to the economic and environmental benefits of pollution prevention and to recognize businesses and organizations that have implemented pollution prevention practices.
Pollution prevention is any technique used to reduce or eliminate pollution generated. In contrast to most pollution control strategies that manage a pollutant’s effect on the environment after it has been generated, pollution prevention seeks to eliminate or minimize the amount and toxicity of wastes and pollutants before they are generated. To qualify as a candidate for pollution prevention recognition, applicants had to demonstrate how they had incorporated pollution prevention into daily operations by reducing raw materials or toxic materials purchased, hazardous or solid waste generated, water, energy or fuel used, or air pollutants emitted.
“Pollution prevention provides both economic and environmental benefits by reducing both the volume and cost of hazardous waste, emissions, wastewater, and other materials,” explained Joanna
Pierce, DEQ’s Pollution Prevention Coordinator. “It can be as simple as adjusting equipment, employee practices, or the materials used.”
ON Semiconductor was recognized for installing variable frequency drives on air handling units to correspond with demand rather than running constantly at full speed, upgrading light fixtures to more efficient bulbs and ballasts, eliminating unnecessary processes, reducing landscaping irrigation to conserve water, and implementing various recycling and reuse projects to reduce chemical consumption and hazardous waste generation.
Company representatives were presented with a Pollution Prevention Champion plaque at a ceremony held at the facility on September 17.
To learn more about this year’s Pollution Prevention Champions, visit DEQ’s Web site at www.deq.idaho.gov/pollutionprevention.
NOTE: This press release was distributed by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality