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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 harmful substances, damage to wastewater treatment infrastructure, degrade of wastewater treatment, or reduce biosolids quality.

Awards are announced in the spring and listed here for previous calendar 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.

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Commitment-to-Compliance Award

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

2020 Awards

Cedar Grove Composting Inc.
Glacier Northwest Inc. - Kenmore Facility
Gyrus ACMI, Inc. d/b/a Olympus Surgical Technologies America

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 2020 Gold Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • AGC Biologics, Inc., Bothell
  • ASKO Processing Inc., Seattle 
  • Baker Commodities Inc., Seattle
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane - North Field, Seattle 
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane, Renton
  • Boeing Company - Plant 2 Facility, Seattle
  • Boeing Electronics Center, Renton
  • Cedar Grove Composting Inc., Maple Valley
  • Ceradyne Inc., a 3M Company, Seattle
  • Cintas Corporation, Renton
  • Davis Wire Corp., Kent
  • Emerald Services Inc. - Airport Way Facility, Seattle
  • Glacier Northwest Inc., Kenmore 
  • GM Nameplate Inc., Seattle 
  • Gyrus ACMI, Inc. d/b/a Olympus Surgical Technologies America, Redmond
  • Hytek Finishes Co., Kent
  • Imaginetics LLC, Auburn
  • Island Spring Inc., Vashon Island
  • Lafarge, Seattle Plant
  • Mikron Industries, Kent
  • National Industrial Concepts, Woodinville
  • Optimar US, Inc., Seattle
  • Phillips 66 Company - Renton Terminal
  • Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport, IWS
  • Precor Inc. - Plant 2, Woodinville
  • Primus International - University Swaging Division, Woodinville
  • Protective Coatings Inc., Kent
  • Qualawash Holdings LLC, Kent
  • Romac Industries, Inc., Bothell
  • Seattle, City of - SPU - Kent Highlands Landfill
  • Skills Inc. - Auburn Facility
  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville
  • Terex Washington Inc. - South Campus, Redmond 
  • TLP Management Services LLC, Seattle
  • UniSea Inc., Redmond 
  • Vigor Shipyards Inc., Seattle
  • Western Pneumatic Tube Company LLC, Kirkland

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 2020 Silver 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
  • Art Brass Plating Inc., Seattle
  • Ball Corporation, Kent
  • Black Oxide LLC, Auburn
  • BNSF Railway Co. - Interbay Facility, Seattle
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane - Auburn
  • ConAgra Foods, Kent
  • Continental Mills, Inc., Kent
  • Foss Maritime Company, Seattle
  • King's Command Foods LLC, Kent
  • Magnetic and Penetrant Services Co., Seattle
  • Northwest Cascade Inc. - Septage Thickening and Dewatering Facility, Pacific
  • Red Dot Corporation, Seattle
  • Safeway Inc. - Beverage Plant, Bellevue
  • Silicon Designs Inc., Kirkland
  • Waste Management National Services - Duwamish Reload Facility, Seattle
  • Western Washington Coca-Cola Bottling LLC, Bellevue
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