TUCKER, Ga. — U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is accepting applications for the 2022 Clean Water Awards. The awards recognize outstanding performance of wastewater treatment plants that operate at poultry and egg processing facilities. Winners will be announced at USPOULTRY’s Environmental Management Seminar to be held Sept. 22 – 23, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla.
“Poultry companies and egg facilities are steadfast in their responsibility to environmental stewardship and perform an outstanding job operating their wastewater treatment facilities. The majority of the water used in poultry and egg processing is returned to the environment in excellent condition, continually exceeding the standards set in discharge permits. USPOULTRY is pleased to sponsor this annual award program that highlights these exceptional facilities,” said Mike Levengood, Perdue Farms, and USPOULTRY chairman.
Awards are presented in two categories – full treatment and pretreatment. Full treatment facilities are those facilities that fully treat their wastewater prior to discharge into a receiving stream or a land application system. Pretreatment facilities are those facilities that discharge pretreated effluent to publicly-owned wastewater treatment facilities for further treatment. Any USPOULTRY member company is eligible to submit three nominees in each category. Facilities that have previously won the award may not be re-nominated for five years. The deadline for submitting applications is June 24.
An evaluation committee will review the applications and select semi-finalist facilities in both categories. Award recipients will be selected after the evaluation committee completes a site visit, where each semifinalist will have an opportunity to showcase their facility.
Award recipients will receive a trophy, be profiled on the USPOULTRY website and receive assistance from USPOULTRY in publicizing the award on a local, regional and national level.
The winners of the 2021 Clean Water Awards were Tyson Foods in Nashville, Ark., for full treatment, and Tyson Foods in Berryville, Ark., for pretreatment. Tyson Foods in Dardanelle, Ark., received honorable mention in the full treatment category. Pilgrim’s Pride in Gainesville, Ga., received honorable mention in the pretreatment category.
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the All Feather Association progressively serving its poultry and egg members through research, education, communications and technical services. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Georgia.
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