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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 that damage wastewater treatment infrastructure, degrade wastewater treatment, and 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.

2021 Awards

Boeing Commercial Airplane - North Field
Phillips 66 Company - Renton Terminal

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 2021 Gold Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • AGC Biologics Inc. - North Campus
  • Alaskan Copper Works - 6th Ave.
  • Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel LLC
  • Baker Commodities Inc.
  • BNSF Railway Company - Interbay Facility
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane - Auburn
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane - North Field
  • Boeing Company - Plant 2 Facility
  • Boeing Electronics Center
  • Boyd GMN
  • Cedar Grove Composting Inc.
  • Emerald Services Inc. - Airport Way Facility
  • Exotic Metals Forming Co.
  • Glacier Northwest Inc. - Kenmore Facility
  • Gyrus ACMI Inc., dba Olympus Surgical Technologies America
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Hytek Finishes Co.
  • Imaginetics LLC
  • King's Command Foods LLC
  • Magnetic and Penetrant Services Co., dba Valence Seattle
  • National Industrial Concepts
  • National Products Inc.
  • Northwest Cascade Inc. - Septage Thickening and Dewatering Facility
  • Optimar US Inc.
  • Partner Therapeutics
  • Phillips 66 Company - Renton Terminal
  • Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport, IWS-IWTP
  • Primus International - University Swaging Division
  • Protective Coatings Inc.
  • Seattle Genetics North Creek
  • Seattle, City of - Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects - Waterfront Main Corridor
  • Skills Inc. - Auburn Facility
  • Sound Transit - R200 Downtown Redmond Link Extension
  • Tim's Cascade Snacks
  • UniSea Inc.
  • Western Pneumatic Tube Company LLC
  • Western Washington Coca-Cola Bottling LLC

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 2021 Silver Award recipients for working with our program to protect public health and enhance the environment:

  • Art Brass Plating Inc.
  • ASKO Processing Inc.
  • Auburn Dairy Products Inc.
  • Ball Corporation
  • Carsoe US Inc.
  • Continental Mills Inc.
  • Davis Wire Corp.
  • Foss Maritime Company
  • Mastercraft Metal Finishing Inc.
  • Precor Inc. - Plant 2
  • Qualawash Holdings LLC
  • Romac Industries Inc.
  • Safeway Inc. - Milk and Ice Cream Plant
  • Seattle, City of - SPU - Kent Highlands Landfill
  • Seattle, City of - SPU - Ship Canal Water Quality Project
  • Starbucks Coffee Co. - Kent Flexline Facility
  • Terex Washington Inc. - South Campus
  • Tri-Way Industries Inc. - Auburn
  • University of Washington Seattle Campus
  • Waste Management National Services - Duwamish Reload Facility
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