By Michael Vernon Voss
WPNSTA Yorktown Public Affairs Officer
WPNSTA Yorktown, Va.,-- Naval Weapons Station Yorktown-Cheatham Annex Commanding Officer, CAPT Matthew Kosnar, received the 2016 Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) Diamond Excellence and 2016 Platinum Achievement Award for perfect environmental compliance, 2 May.
On 18 April, during the 24th Annual Pretreatment Excellence and Pollution Prevention Awards Ceremony, HRSD recognized 115 private and government organizations in Hampton Roads for perfect compliance with their environmental permits during 2016 and presented two awards for outstanding pollution prevention efforts.
Each year, HRSD honors businesses and industries for outstanding pollution prevention (P2) measures for successful multi-media (air, land and water) efforts that focus on reduction of waste (or its toxicity) at the source. In addition to recognizing P2 award winners, HRSD also recognizes pretreatment excellence award winners for exemplary permit compliance.
Twenty-nine firms received awards for perfect compliance for five to nine consecutive years. Gold awards for pretreatment excellence were presented to 70 businesses that had perfect permit compliance in 2016.
For Cheatham Annex, the Diamond Award represents more than 10 consecutive years of compliance. The first time HRSD recognized the more than 3,000 acre Annex was 2003. For WPNSTA Yorktown, the Platinum Award represents more than 5 consecutive years of compliance.
“These awards recognize and honor Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Cheatham Annex staff for their efforts over the last 25 years to manage our wastewater in an environmentally sound manner,” said WPNSTA Yorktown Environmental Director, Jennifer Podbesek. “We take our own responsibilities in wastewater management very seriously and realize the way we do business not only affects our business, but our environment and watershed as well.”
Since 2003, WPNSTA Yorktown-CAX and its various tenant commands have worked together, as a team, to ensure complete environmental compliance with local, state and federal laws, regulations and policies, preventing pollution at its source whenever possible.
“These awards continue to demonstrate the leadership and commitment by military and civilian personnel assigned to the installation to strive for the safe, healthful and compliant execution of their mission as well as the preservation and protection of our land, air and water,” said Kosnar.
WPNSTA Yorktown's mission is to provide installation management/host services for various tenant commands and visiting ships conducting ordnance operations and other missions. Cheatham Annex's mission is to provide warehousing, water transportation facilities, logistics, supply, reserve troop training and related services to the Atlantic Fleet along with recreational opportunities for military and civilian personnel.
“We, as a team, are passionate and committed to environmental compliance and stewardship of our installation,” explained Kosnar. “Commitment to good environmental stewardship means more than just following DoD policies. It means continually improving our wastes management programs, and reducing our environmental impacts.”