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The Rewards and Recognition Program recognizes industrial wastewater dischargers that meet or exceed wastewater discharge permit requirements.

These award winners help protect public health and the environment by controlling the discharge of substances that can degrade wastewater treatment, harm workers, damage facilities or reduce water and biosolids quality.

Awards are announced in the spring and listed here through the first quarter of the following year.

Commitment-to-Compliance, Gold and Silver Awards: Each year, KCIW recognizes significant industrial users of the sewer system that have maintained an excellent record of compliance with rules and regulations for the previous calendar year with Commitment-to-Compliance, Gold and Silver awards.

The EnvirOvation Award is given to industrial users of the sewer system that are leaders in environmental protection.

Commitment-to-Compliance Award

The Commitment-to-Compliance Award honors companies that have received a Gold Award for five consecutive years.

Thanks to our 2017 Commitment-to-Compliance Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel LLC, Kent
  • Protective Coatings Inc., Kent
  • A.O. Smith Corp., Renton
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane, Renton
  • Boeing Electronics Center, Renton

Gold Award

The Gold Award is awarded to an individual facility that during the calendar year:

  • has had an active industrial wastewater discharge permit each month
  • has discharged industrial wastewater at least three months
  • has collected all samples required by its permit
  • has had no King County-issued violations (e.g. code, permit, discharge) or other actions (e.g. final notices, fines, enforcement) issued to the permitted facility
  • has not been in Significant Non-compliance status
  • has had no late report
  • has had no self-monitoring violations

Special notes:

  1. mid-tier facilities are eligible for the award
  2. a monthly average violation or a self-reported permit or code violation is the equivalent of a self-monitoring violation
  3. if one or more self-monitoring reports for a permit with multiple locators is late (in a single reporting period), it’s considered as one late report for award evaluation.
  4. a single screening level exceedance is not a violation; however having multiple exceedances requiring county or facility action (in accordance with permit conditions) is considered a King County violation for the purposes of this award evaluation

Thanks to our 2017 Gold Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc., Redmond
  • Alaskan Copper Works - 6th Ave., Seattle
  • A.O. Smith Corp., Renton
  • Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel LLC, Kent
  • Black Oxide LLC, Auburn
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane - North Field, Seattle
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane, Renton
  • Boeing Company - Plant 2 Facility, Seattle
  • Boeing Electronics Center, Renton
  • Burlington Environmental LLC - Kent
  • Cedar Grove Composting Inc., Maple Valley
  • Cintas Corporation, Renton
  • City of Seattle - Seattle Public Utilities - Kent Highlands Landfill
  • CMC ICOS Biologics Inc., Bothell
  • Esterline Hytek Finishes Co., Kent
  • Glacier Northwest Inc. - Kenmore Facility
  • GM Nameplate Inc., Seattle
  • Honeywell International Inc., Redmond
  • Kenworth Truck, Renton
  • Kerry Inc., Seattle
  • King County Solid Waste Division - Algona Transfer Station
  • MicroSurgical Technology, Redmond
  • National Industrial Concepts, Woodinville
  • Pacific Iron and Metal Inc., Seattle
  • Phillips 66 Company - Renton Terminal
  • Precor Inc. - Plant 2, Woodinville
  • Protective Coatings Inc., Kent
  • Qualawash Holdings LLC, Kent
  • Red Dot Corporation, Seattle
  • Safeway Inc. - Beverage Plant, Bellevue
  • Skills Inc. - Auburn Facility
  • Smith Brothers Farms Milk Plant, Kent
  • Spiration Inc. dba Olympus Respiratory America, Redmond
  • Starbucks Coffee Co. - Kent Flexline Facility
  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville
  • Terex Washington Inc. - South Campus, Redmond
  • TLP Management Services LLC, Seattle
  • UniSea Inc., Redmond
  • Vectra Fitness Inc. - Kent
  • Waste Management National Services - 8th Avenue South Reload Facility, Seattle
  • Western Pneumatic Tube Company LLC, Kirkland
  • Western Washington Coca-Cola Bottling LLC, Bellevue

Silver Award

The Silver Award is awarded to an individual facility that during the calendar year:

  • has had an active industrial wastewater discharge permit each month
  • has discharged industrial wastewater at least three months
  • has collected all samples required by its permit
  • has had no King County-issued violations (e.g. code, permit, discharge) or other actions (e.g. final notices, fines, enforcement) issued to the permitted facility
  • has not been in Significant Non-compliance status
  • has no more than one late report
  • has not exceeded the number of self-monitoring violations allowed, as follows:
Sampling frequency No. of samples per year in violation
Semi-annual/quarterly 0
Monthly/bi-monthly 1
Weekly 2
Daily 4

Special notes:

  1. mid-tier facilities are eligible for the award
  2. a monthly average violation or a self-reported permit or code violation that only requires a response letter is the equivalent of a self-monitoring violation
  3. if one or more self-monitoring reports for a permit with multiple locators is late (in a single reporting period), it’s considered as one late report for award evaluation
  4. a single screening level exceedance is not a violation; however having multiple exceedances requiring county or facility action (in accordance with permit conditions) is considered a King County violation for the purposes of this award evaluation.

Thanks to our 2017 Silver Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • Boeing Commercial Airplane – Auburn, Auburn
  • ASKO Processing Inc., Seattle
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane, Auburn
  • Ceradyne Inc., a 3M Company, Seattle
  • ConAgra Foods, Kent
  • Davis Wire Corp., Kent
  • Exotic Metals Forming Co., Kent
  • Foss Maritime Company, Seattle
  • Marel Seattle Inc., Seattle
  • National Products Inc., Seattle
  • Northwest Cascade Inc. - Septage Thickening and Dewatering Facility
  • Partner Therapeutics, Lynnwood
  • Primus International - University Swaging Division. Woodinville
  • Tim's Cascade Snacks, Algona
  • Trident Seafoods Corp., Seattle
  • Tri-Way Industries Inc., Auburn
  • Washington State Dept. of Transportation - Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project, SR 99 Bored Tunnel, Seattle
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