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Ohio EPA Director Visits Marathon Petroleum’s Findlay Headquarters To Recognize Staff for Environmental Excellence
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC) Findlay Office Complex today to recognize the company for its continuing efforts in environmental stewardship. The company and the nearly 2,000 employees housed at the complex have undertaken a number of projects that have reduced waste, increased recycling and put sustainability into everyday practice.
MPC has operated in this region for more than 125 years; with their corporate headquarters housed at this location on South Main Street in Findlay, Ohio, since 1902. The Findlay Office Complex operates 24 hours a day and serves as the central point of support for all MPC operations, which include refining, marketing, and pipeline transportation, across 19 states in the Midwest and Southeast.
“MPC has a long history in Findlay and is recognized as a business leader in Ohio. The environmental stewardship programs at its corporate offices serve as an example for other businesses to follow,” Director Butler said. “Whether it involves recycling paper, composting food waste or revamping its lighting and water consumption systems, the company has shown good stewardship not only makes environmental sense, but also economic sense, and that is good for Ohio.”
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said MPC Vice President of Health, Environment, Safety, and Security John Swearingen. “We are proud of all of our employees who support our environmental stewardship programs through their active participation.”
Recent projects at MPC’s Findlay complex include:
- Reducing water consumption by 72,000 gallons annually by replacing a cooling tower, hot water tank, several hundred steam traps, de-aeration tank and installing more than 100 automatic faucets and low-flush toilets.
- Automating the lighting system in all three buildings, reducing electric usage and saving more than $100,000 annually.
- Instituting a comprehensive recycling program that reduced 50 percent of the complex’s waste stream. This includes recycling almost 10 tons of electronic waste, diverting 165 pounds of heavy metals, 9,705 pounds of iron, 5,986 pounds of plastics, and 593 pounds of copper from the landfill; recycling one ton of batteries; composting more than 40 tons of food scraps; recycling three tons of printer/copier toner cartridges; recycling 10 tons of scrap metal and 103 tons of mixed office recyclables (paper, soda cans and bottles, cardboard, mixed plastics); and recycling 60,211 pounds of carpet.
- Instituting a program to help track environmental stewardship activities and promote purchasing of sustainable office products.
- Installing a certified wildlife habitat, butterfly garden and peregrine falcon nesting box on site.
- Continuing to work toward improving health, environment, safety and security within its operations. This includes being part of the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care program.
Ohio EPA recognized the company’s environmental stewardship efforts in 2013, naming it one of the first businesses to earn a silver level award under the Agency’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (Ɛ3) program.
The Ɛ3 program acknowledges Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. To earn a silver-level award, a business or organization must have a good environmental compliance record and complete environmental stewardship activities that show a strong corporate environmental ethic.
To learn more about the Ɛ3 program, go to www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.aspx or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.
To learn more about Marathon Petroleum’s environmental stewardship programs, go to http://www.epa.ohio.gov/Portals/41/e3/13/ES2013Marathon.pdf and www.marathonpetroleum.com/content/documents/citizenship/environmental_stewardship.pdf.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.