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Harris Gets a Star for Pollution Reduction

Quincy facility is saluted for cuts in manufacturing waste and water use.

Harris Corp. said its plant in Quincy, Ill., received a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention award for efforts in pollution prevention.

The company’s Andy Edgar, senior manager of facilities and environmental compliance, and Phil Timmons, director of Quincy operations, accepted the award on behalf of Harris Broadcast Communications. Five organizations nationwide earned this year’s award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

Harris said it received the award based on several pollution prevention projects, including a closed-loop water cooling system that has reduced water usage in its product testing process by 21.6 million gallons per year.

“The company also implemented several toxicity reduction projects to eliminate toxic heavy metals and raw material impurities from the manufacturing processes. The result is a 30-to-35 cubic yard reduction in waste that equates to a 75 percent decrease in hazardous waste volumes from its wastewater pretreatment operation, and a 50 percent pretreatment chemical usage reduction,” Harris stated.