MDEQ welcomes new members to enHance program
by MBJ Staff
Published: April 10,2014
Tags: City of Ridgeland, Columbus Air Force Base, Cooper Tire Company, Custon Engineered Wheels, DeSoto County Environmental Services, enHance, environment, Flexsteel Industries, Gulf State Manufacturers, Leaf River Cellulose LLC, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Nissan North America Inc., Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc., Trudy Fisher
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has accepted three new members, seven renewal memberships and two returning members into its enHance program for the 2014 class.
enHance is a voluntary stewardship program begun in 2009 that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can choose from three tiers — Associate, Steward or Leader.
“There are many facilities in Mississippi doing good work and achieving standards beyond their permit requirements. We believe they should be recognized for their leadership,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive director. “In addition, successful participation in this program results in the reduction of waste and the conservation of resources leading to long-term economic benefits and continuous environmental enhancement.”
The new members for 2014 are:
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi Inc. (Blue Springs) — Leader
• Cooper Tire Company (Clarksdale) — Steward
• DeSoto County Environmental Services — Associate
The renewing members are:
• Columbus Air Force Base — Leader
• Custom Engineered Wheels Inc. (Tupelo) — Leader
• Flexsteel Industries (Starkville) — Leader
• Nissan North America Inc. (Canton) — Leader
• Cooper Tire Company (Tupelo) — Steward
• Leaf River Cellulose, LLC (New Augusta) — Steward
• City of Ridgeland — Steward
Two members are returning to the program. They are:
• Gulf State Manufacturers (Starkville) — Leader
• Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (Ocean Springs) — Steward
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