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IBM receives Environmental Excellence Award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

IBM East Fishkill recognized for its environmental excellence

17 Dec 2007 -- IBM's manufacturing location in East Fishkill, New York, was one of six organizations recognized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with its prestigious Environmental Excellence Award at an award ceremony on December 7, 2007.

IBM's East Fishkill site received the award for its innovative design and deployment of a distillation system that treats wastewater containing ammonia and reduces subsequent discharge of nitrate compounds to the environment from its semiconductor manufacturing operation. In presenting the award to IBM, Jeffrey J. Sama, Director, Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) commended IBM for undertaking this voluntary project and going beyond compliance.

A multi-year project that started in 2004, this ammonia treatment system is completing its first full year of operation in 2007. The system uses a distillation process to remove ammonia (a precursor to nitrates formation in subsequent biological treatment processes) from the waste stream, resulting in a 67% reduction in nitrate compound discharges to the environment. In addition to reducing discharges to the environment, the system produces commercial grade ammonium hydroxide which in turn is sold to electrical cogeneration facilities in New York and New Jersey for use in air emissions abatement. Beneficial use of ammonium hydroxide produces energy and material conservation results.

"IBM is honored to receive this award and delighted in the recognition it garners for the men and women whose work lead to these significant environmental protection and resource conservation results," said Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety. "We are pleased that results from our innovative approach and partnership with New York State contribute to addressing two of NYSDEC's five priorities - toxic reduction and climate protection."

According to NYSDEC: The NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program honors businesses, non-governmental organizations, governments/municipalities and individuals that have made great strides in improving and protecting New York's environment through innovative and environmentally sustainable practices or creative partnerships. Through this awards program, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation hopes to inspire others to attain environmental excellence and help improve and protect NYS' environment for current and future generations.