RICHLAND, Wash.--- Today the Department of Energy gave the CH2M HILL Hanford Group two different awards for outstanding environmental awareness.
A CH2M HILL Waste Services team won a "Best in Class" award for developing reusable metal boxes to contain and transport radioactive waste. These new metal boxes last longer than the plywood boxes used before. They also reduce the workers' exposure to radiation and saved DOE about $200,000.
Another Waste Services team won a "High Achievement" award for recycling about 5,000 pounds of lead. The team looked at different options to get rid of the lead and recycling was the safest and cheapest method.
The awards are given to companies that find new ways to help the environment. John Fulton, president and CEO of the CH2M HILL Hanford Group, says receiving these awards is, "not only about protecting the environment, it's about bringing an innovation to the protection of the environment, reducing the cost of waste disposal or waste handling."
He praises the teams, saying, "We're real proud of them. They did a nice job." This is the second year in a row the CH2M HILL Hanford Group has won a best in class award from the Department of Energy.