WASHINGTON, D.C.—A CDM Smith-designed and -constructed hazardous waste incineration facility expansion for Clean Harbors, Inc. (Clean Harbors) has been recognized with the Grand Prize in Industrial Waste Practice, as well as the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal, from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). These awards were presented at the AAEES awards luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 13, 2017.
Brought online this year, Clean Harbors’ $120 million project added a third incinerator to its 370-acre El Dorado, Arkansas facility, which specializes in high-temperature incineration of hazardous and non-hazardous materials. The project represents a major investment by Clean Harbors to serve a growing industrial sector with an environmentally responsible and cost-effective way to dispose of regulated waste materials—such as industrial and laboratory chemicals, manufacturing byproducts, medical waste, fertilizers and other solid and liquid materials—that would otherwise be hazardous to the environment and public health if not properly managed. The addition also helps support the Southern Arkansas economy by bringing 120 new jobs to the area.
The facility is North America’s most technologically advanced hazardous waste incinerator, featuring an air emissions control system that meets the federal Clean Air Act’s most stringent standards. It is also the first American commercial hazardous waste incinerator to come online in more than 20 years. In collaboration with Clean Harbors, which designed and built the plant’s front-end solid waste feed system, CDM Smith performed the design, procurement, construction and startup of the facility’s incinerator and cutting-edge air emissions control system. Now operational, the expanded facility significantly increases Clean Harbors’ annual onsite treatment capacity.
AAEES is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in environmental engineering and science by providing board certification to qualified environmental engineers and scientists. The group provides industry training and recognizes outstanding achievements in the industry. For more information about the AAEES awards competition, please visit their website.
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