By Richard Cellamare
Congratulations to Yolanda Pilastro (WM) and Ali Farvid (MFD),
recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Champions of
Green Government award.
This award is given to federally funded facilities for
efforts in preventing pollution and exercising environmental stewardship.
The work performed by Pilastro and Farvid, along with their teams,
represents their contributions in waste reduction and pollution prevention
to both SLAC and DOE.
EPA award recipients and their teams being
congratulated by Lab Director Jonathan Dorfan. The third award in the
picture was given by ES&H to Richard Cellamare (WM) for his efforts in
promoting the waste minimization and pollution prevention program at
SLAC. Shown left to right: Dave Macias (WM), Clair Stevens (WM),
Dorfan, Cellamare, Ron Sanchez (WM), James Smith (WM), Pilastro,
Michael Sharfenstein (WM), Ardie Jacob (WM), Parvinder Pataria (MFD),
Wilevaldo Benitez (MFD), Jose Magana (MFD), George Laxson (MFD),
Krishan Narula (MFD), Balbir Gosal (MFD), Farvid and
Oscar Zelaya (MFD)
Farvid and the Plating Shop staff received the award for
reducing hazardous waste generation by extending the life of
electroplating bath solutions.
To accomplish this, Farvid purchased analytical equipment
that allowed metal finishing operators to make adjustments to plating bath
solutions, which would otherwise be discarded as hazardous waste. This
reduced hazardous waste generation from electroplating operations down
from 10,000 to 5,000 gallons per year at an annual cost savings of $35,000
Additionally, Farvid replaced ferric chloride, a coagulant
used in rinse water treatment operations, with a system that generates the
coagulant electrochemically. This reduced hazardous waste generation in
rinse water treatment operations, saving $3,400 per year.
Pilastro and the Hazardous Waste Management Group staff
received this award for implementing projects that reuse and reclaim
hazardous materials, avoiding the expenses associated with managing these
materials as hazardous waste.
Projects included returning old fire protection and gas
cylinders to the original manufacturers; returning empty chemical
containers to vendors; sending lab chemicals and hazardous products to
on-site users; collecting and crushing empty metal containers and sending
the metal to recyclers; and collecting and recycling empty plastic
containers containing household cleaners.
This effort managed to divert 36 metric tons of hazardous
waste in 2002 and saved an estimated $121,000 by eliminating the need to
send the waste to a permitted, off-site treatment and disposal facility.
Pilastro and Farvid both played important roles in helping
SLAC and DOE achieve environmental stewardship and waste reduction
If you have any questions or are interested in
participating in waste reduction or pollution prevention opportunities,
please contact Richard Cellamare (Ext. 3401,