"We value our relationship with the City of Monett," said Mike Scabarozi, vice president of manufacturing for IDF. "We built our new pretreatment plant in 2007 with the goal of utilizing the best technology available to ensure complete compliance and pollution prevention. It has always been a priority to be a good neighbor and this award is proof we are succeeding."
To qualify for the gold award, IDF had to be in 100 percent compliance with all pollutant limitations and other permit requirements, as well as meeting all reporting requirements. The industry had to have pretreatment and pollution prevention systems in place.
Ryan Copeland, IDF's chemistry and environmental manager, said the company has focused on staying ahead of the demands of growing industrial production and keeping up with high standards met by Monett's other industries.
"This shows our continuing involvement and improvement," Copeland said, "and our dedication to being environmentally friendly."
Over the past seven years, IDF has invested $3 million in its wastewater operations at the Monett plant.
The MWEA is dedicated to advancing the science of water quality, increasing public understanding and promoting sound environmental policy. The organization's approximately 720 members represent a diverse membership of water environmental professionals from the public and private sectors.