site is kind to environment
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'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