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BASF Wyandotte site is kind to environment
The News-Herald
May 5, 2004



WYANDOTTE -- BASF's Wyandotte site has won an award from the Environ-mental Management Asso-ciation of Detroit for its environmental stewardship.

BASF earned the award for leadership in environmental issues, sustained involvement in public policy issues, an active role in community improvements and practice of sustainable development in day-to-day business activities.

EMA Board Member Kevin O'Mara presented the award at the recent EMA annual awards dinner.

The award recognizes the site's partnership with the city and Michigan's Department of Natural Resources in transforming 84 acres of industrial property to recreational use -- one on the most outstanding examples of brownfield redevelopment in Michigan, according to the EMA.

Another example of BASF's environmental stewardship is the remediated land on Grosse Ile's Hennepin Point, where an ecological rehabilitation project was undertaken to stabilize the shoreline and enhance fish habitat.

A survey conducted in 2002 indicated that the wildlife populations have undergone an amazing ecological recovery. BASF also donated the surrounding 126-acre Hennepin Marsh to the Grosse Ile Nature Land Conservancy.

"We're continuously searching for ways to improve our already strong environmental record," said Ed Nuernberg, general manager of BASF's Wyandotte site. "The Elastocell Plant in Wyandotte is another example of our commitment to environmental excellence.

"This is the first facility in the world to receive joint ISO 14001/Responsible Care certification. We are proud to be recognized for our efforts."

BASF has made tremendous progress in the rehabilitation of Fighting Island, including revegetation and use of soft engineering practices for the stabilization of shorelines, resulting in enhanced aquatic habitats, an increase in shoreline sinuosity, decreased runoff and improved aesthetic appearance. BASF's work on Fighting Island garnered it a Wildlife Habitat Council certification.

John Hartig, Detroit River Navigator for the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative, nominated BASF.

"BASF's strong commitment to the environment is improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region," Hartig said. "We are delighted to be able to recognize their outstanding efforts with this award."

Approximately 900 people are employed at BASF's Wyandotte site, which produces a variety of urethane and specialty plastics products for automotive, industrial and electronic industries.

 

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