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Regional Director Tom Melius (right) presents Craig Nibbe, Regional Engineering and Safety, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Leadership Award. Nibbe has since won  this award at the Department of Interior level. Photo by Larry Dean/USFWS.

Regional Director Tom Melius (right) presents Craig Nibbe, Regional Engineering and Safety, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Leadership Award. Nibbe has since won this award at the Department of Interior level. Photo by Larry Dean/USFWS.

Craig Nibbe Honored With Department Of Interior’s
Environmental Leadership Award

Craig Nibbe, Midwest Regional Engineering and Safety Office, was recently recognized with Department of Interior’s Environmental Leadership award for his development of a chemical exchange program that significantly reduces the likelihood of generating hazardous wastes, and saves money by finding facilities that can use the materials. This includes materials that are nearing their expiration dates and any work toward shipment of those materials to places they can be used before reaching their expiration date and otherwise becoming hazardous waste.

According to Nibbe, who also won the honor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service level and manages the chemical exchange program, “The program was developed because, occasionally, during our regional environmental compliance and safety audits, we would come across a station with excess chemicals on the site. The reasons being either an operation has changed and that chemical was no longer needed, they’d substituted a less hazardous chemical for the one being used, or the station ordered more of the chemical than was needed.”

Nibbe said, “I feel the chemical exchange program is quite worthwhile and certainly reduces the hazardous waste stream when utilized. Receiving an award such as this is certainly an honor that I am proud of.”

Nibbe’s award winning work is featured on the Department’s Greening web site. Learn more about the award and work that led to it.

By Larry Dean
Regional Office -- External Affairs

 

Last updated: March 5, 2015