EStar awards highlight environmental sustainability projects and programs that reduce environmental impacts, enhance site operations, reduce costs and demonstrate excellence in pollution prevention and sustainable environmental stewardship.

DOE-SealWASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) congratulated its national laboratories and sites for receiving a total of six Environmental Sustainability (EStar) Awards and two honorable mentions from the Department of Energy (DOE).

The awards recognize projects that demonstrate excellence in pollution prevention and sustainable environmental stewardship. Only 15 EStar Awards and three EStar Honorable Mentions were awarded from 186 nominations submitted from across DOE.

“I applaud the men and women from throughout the national security enterprise who are committed to improving the way we do business while reducing the environmental impacts of our work in the communities that host us,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “The EStar Awards demonstrate NNSA’s efforts to transform a Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a modern and efficient 21st century nuclear security enterprise.”

Y-12 National Security Complex

  • Waste Not Want Not, Y-12 Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Recycling Program. The Y-12 recycling program, fully supported by Y-12 management, achieved impressive results in FY10. The implementation of 84 recycle/reuse initiatives resulted in 1.1 million pounds of materials being recycled/reused or more than 89 percent of the site’s total solid industrial waste stream for an estimated cost avoidance of $4.7 million.
  • Y-12 Clean Steam Team (Honorable mention). This project achieved a strategic reduction in site greenhouse gas emissions by replacing a 1950’s coal-fired boiler steam plant with a new centralized natural gas-fired steam plant. Deployment of this new natural gas-fired steam plant is expected to result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 11 percent, the reduction of nitrous oxide emissions by 72 percent, a sulfur dioxide emissions reduction of 99.5 percent and a reduction of particulate matter by 72 percent.

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Source: National Nuclear Security Administration
Photo: U.S. Department of Energy