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MCAS Cherry Point receives 'green' award

US Marine Corps News

7/10/2008 By Cpl. Wayne D. Glenn, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. — Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was awarded the Secretary of the Navy’s Pollution Prevention Award and the Secretary of Defense’s Industrial Installation Award for Environmental Restoration in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., June 3.

Through effective partnering, the environmental affairs team and organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency have come up with innovative techniques to investigate, and clean up spill sites that date back to the early days of the air station.

During the fiscal years of 2006 and 2007, environmental innovations and recycling initiatives have produced a grand total of nearly $4 million in income and cost savings. The innovative programs devised by the team have proven to be effective pollution prevention resources and waste reduction techniques for the air station.

The efforts of the environmental partnering team resulted in significantly reduced contamination in groundwater beneath heavily industrialized areas. The award officially recognized the Cherry Point Restoration Advisory Board for its service to the local community.

“As a team we are a high speed, high performance machine,” said Jeff Christopher, the air station’s restoration program manager. “I am very proud of the team who has worked very hard and we plan to keep this effort moving forward.”

To become eligible for the Secretary of Defense award, the team first received a nomination from the Secretary of the Navy. The Secretary of Defense award is the highest award that can be nominated to the installation’s environmental affairs team and this is the first time that Cherry Point has ever received the award.

“We are making great progress. We’re getting to the point where we are finishing up most of our site investigations and cleaning them up,” said Dale McFarland, the restoration and recycling division supervisor. “We are hoping to keep up the pace and win the award again.”

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