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Saturday, November 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Area businesses, employers lauded for air pollution reductions

A dozen local employers have been recognized by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency for taking extra steps to protect air quality and reduce energy consumption.

  • American Way Collision Center has reduced hazardous wastes, upgraded to a high-efficiency compressor and implemented a no-idle policy for customers and staff.
  • Associated Painters Inc. has installed a series of energy-saving measures in its aircraft paint plant at Spokane International Airport. Fan motors operate at variable speed to save energy. Water is treated on site.
  • The Bonneville Power Administration has invested in a facility with energy saving devices such as occupancy sensors. Also, the building is clad with zinc that contains a high percentage of recycled metal.
  • Eastern Washington University has upgraded its lighting and undertaken a range of environmental improvements, including green chemistry.
  • Hydrostraw is a former seed processor that now makes mulch for hydroseeding in a more energy-efficient process. Forklifts operate with low-emission power.
  • J.J.’s Auto Collision Inc. has switched to reusable containers for mixing paint. A solvent recovery system has cut hazardous waste. The company switched its fleet to smaller vehicles among other improvements.
  • Maaco Auto Painting & Body Work switched to water-based coatings to reduce hazardous waste and volatile organic compounds. They also installed a more efficient compressor system.
  • The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center has upgraded its energy efficiency in lighting and other areas, including the commercial laundry. A gas plasma sterilizer has replaced an old ethylene oxide system.
  • Pro Recycle has a no-idling policy, follows a strict maintenance schedule and uses dust reduction equipment.
  • Scollard Cleaners replaced perchloroethene dry cleaning with a new energy-efficient machine that uses a “green” solvent, in addition to installing energy-efficient lighting.
  • The Pallet Place upgraded to LED lighting and follows a policy of not wasting any wood. Alternate fuels power their lift trucks, and they have a no-idle policy.
  • The Woodman furniture repair and refinishing upgraded lighting and heating. They use low volatile organic compounds and less toxic materials. They even reuse shop rags and cut back on fleet miles by 25 percent.

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