Bayer facility earns environmental award

Posted 12/8/17

The Cleveland Board of Public Utilities conducted its final meeting of the calendar year Thursday, approving several routine items and acknowledging an award to one of the community's leading …

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Bayer facility earns environmental award


The Cleveland Board of Public Utilities conducted its final meeting of the calendar year Thursday, approving several routine items and acknowledging an award to one of the community's leading industries.

Bayer's Consumer Health Division was announced as the recipient of an award for outstanding performance in pretreatment of industrial wastewater by the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environmental Association. 

The award represents operating complex processes and maintaining permit requirements, such as discharge limitations, monitoring and reporting with no violations for at least one year prior to nomination.

Karen Hall, of the utility's pretreatment division, presented the award to Bayer HSE Site Manager Stacy Greene. It was pointed out that Greene had in the past been employed by Cormetech, which had previously received this award.

Others joining Greene, from Bayer, included Vice President of Manufacturing Operations in Cleveland and Chatsworth Pete Ochel, Senior Facility Manager Ray Duke, Senior HSE Specialist Christopher Pierson, Lindsey Shipley of the HSE Division, and Senior Maintenance Technician Frank Faulk.

Hall emphasized that Bayer is among the largest marketers of over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, and other self-care solutions in the world.

She added that Bayer has been certified with an Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star for nine of the last 10 years, has had an Environmental Program certification since 2007, and has been certified in the TOSHA Voluntary Protection Program since 2003.

Bayer is classified as a federally listed categorical (pharmaceutical) producer and is required to meet both federal and local effluent standards.

The company's pretreatment system includes flow equalization, pH neutralization, and oil/water separation. Bayer has had no violations for the past five years.

In other action by the utility board Thursday:

• An amended agreement was approved between the utility and the Cleveland Police Department for the use of the firing range.

The new agreement more clearly defines the terms and conditions where law enforcement personnel can use a portion of land located at the Cleveland Wastewater Treatment Plant.

• The board approved a purchase order with Burell Built LLC in the amount of $206,753 for labor and materials for a complete roof replacement at the Power Service Center's main building and at the Wheeler Training Center.

This purchase order was signed on Nov. 20, as an emergency purchase due to significant leaks and damage from the March (2017) hail storm. Insurance will reimburse CU for the cost.

• A purchase order was approved for vegetation management services from January through June 2018, with ABC Professional Tree Services.

The $592,850 low bid includes both lump sum amounts for specific circuits and hourly rates for various "hot spot" tree work on the system, and emergency storm work. Four bids were received.

• A purchase order with Utility Specialists Inc. for $78,414 was approved for 56 galvanized poles, ranging in height from 45 to 55 feet.

The poles are needed to replenish stock, and counts were adjusted for full truckloads to take advantage of shipping costs. Utility Specialists Inc. was the low bid.

• A contract agreement was approved between the utility and Haren Construction Company in Etowah for flocculation and sedimentation improvements at the Cleveland Filter Plant.

The contract is for $1,531,000, and the project consists of construction and improvements to the flocculation and sedimentation basins, yard piping, flash mix system, and related equipment. 

The project was budgeted for 2018 at $1.8 million, thus providing a savings of more than $200,000.

• The savings on the Haren contract will be utilized for  $120,600 for the construction and repair of Filter No. 2 at the Cleveland Filter Plant.

This project was not budgeted, but according to Water Division Manager Craig Mullinax is an emergency need. It consists of coating of the filter walls, repair of the filter underdrain system, and replacement of the filter media.    



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