Air Force bases, national park get environmental kudos

Posted: Monday, August 04, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Three Alaska facilities have received a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognition award for their earth-friendly efforts.

Elmendorf and Eielson air force bases and Denali National Park received recognition through the EPA's Region 10 Champion for Environmental and Green Government Innovation award, said Michele Wright, regional federal facilities coordinator.

Elmendorf was recognized for a compressed natural gas station that provides a relatively clean-burning alternative fuel source.

The EPA also credited Elmendorf for its hazardous-waste recycling program.

Eielson was recognized for a program that turns paper and other waste into pellets that can be burned in the base's coal-based power plants, Wright said.

Denali was recognized for converting a diesel-powered generator into a hybrid power generator that's less noisy and uses much less diesel.

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