PERC recognized for environmental stewardship

Th e Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC), a waste-to-energy facility in Orrington,
was recently presented with the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its
successful eff ort to achieve zero discharge of wastewater into the Penobscot River. Th e
award was presented by Bill Longfellow (far right), innovation and assistance director
at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Th e award is given annually
by the Maine DEP to companies and organizations that “have gone above and beyond
required environmental regulations to protect Maine’s environment.” PERC’s zero-discharge
program was not mandated by state or federal regulators — it was initiated by
PERC employees in the interests of environmental stewardship. State Rep. Dick Campbell
(R-Orrington) nominated PERC for the award. Earlier this year, Region I of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave PERC its Environmental Merit Award
for the zero discharge program. Pictured above are (from left ) Doug Britton, operations
superintendent; Mike Mains, environmental manager; Gary Bagley, boiler operator;
Richard Moran, environmental technician; Henry Lang, plant manager and Bill
Longfellow.