CITGO Chesapeake Terminal Receives Top Status for Environmental Stewardship
Mar 30, 2009
HOUSTON, March 30, 2009 --- The CITGO Chesapeake Terminal, located on the southern branch of the
For decades, the
“Our industry is too often portrayed as the cause of environmental problems not the solution, so it’s great to join with the community and other businesses to make a positive impact on the river,” said Bob Alvis, assistant regional manager with CITGO Petroleum Corporation. “We believe that no matter what has happened in the past, a clean river is possible with everyone’s commitment.”
“We are committed to not only ensuring that our facilities and practices are advanced and ecologically conscious, but we also work closely with other local businesses and area schools to make them more aware of the importance of the Elizabeth River,” added Alvis. “We are proud that the Elizabeth River Project has recognized us for our efforts in cleaning up the river, and we are honored to work on such a successful project.”
To earn the Elizabeth River Project’s Model Level in the River Stars program, the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal made a significant investment in its operational facilities. Wastewater, air quality, and spill pollution prevention and control systems were implemented throughout the Terminal which exceed required environmental regulations.
To help re-grow ecosystems, the Terminal developed more than 15,000 square feet of land into wildlife habitats, planting native species and installing bird houses and feeders. The Terminal has also set aside three acres of land adjacent to the Terminal that will not be developed as part of a land conservation agreement with the Elizabeth River Project.
“Our role as a Model Level facility goes beyond simply ensuring that our operations are environmentally sound and efficient,” said Roger Bullock, assistant terminal manager at the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal. “The project is about developing the future of the
“Because of our mentorship and the school’s dedication to the local environment, we are proud to see that
As a result of its Model Level status, the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal has been recognized by the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council to receive the 2008 Business and Industry Award. The award recognizes the Terminal’s efforts in pollution prevention, habitat planting, and corporate and community mentorship programs.
“The CITGO Chesapeake Terminal employees have been a terrific supporter of the Elizabeth River Project and understand how important it is for our community to restore the river to its former glory,” said Pam Boatwright, Elizabeth River Project’s River Star Program Manager. “As a Model Level business and a Sustained Performer in the River Star program, they have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring a clean environment for generations to come.”
With the support of the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal, other area businesses, and the local community, the Elizabeth River Project received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Achievement Award in 2008 and serves as a model for sustainable redevelopment practices within the agency.
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