OSHA Honors Waste-to-Energy Facility
Fairfield, NJ— On November 9, the City of Alexandria and the County of Arlington’s 975 ton-per-day waste-to-energy facility, Covanta Alexandria Arlington, operated by Covanta Energy Corporation, will be honored by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with its “STAR” designation, the agency’s highest honor given to power generating facilities with outstanding health and safety practices.
Covanta Alexandria’s designation as an OSHA “STAR” facility is an honor given to fewer than one percent of all worksites in the U.S. and comes following participation in the agency’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and adherence to the highest health and safety protocols in the industry. The Alexandria/Arlington waste-to-energy facility launched participation in the VPP program in January of 2004 and was notified of OSHA’s decision to be granted STAR status in September of 2004.
“Achieving VPP STAR recognition means that Covanta Alexandria has achieved the very highest standards in employee and workplace safety,” said Tony Orlando, president and CEO of Covanta Energy.
Covanta Alexandria/Arlington is the third facility within Covanta’s network of WTE facilities to achieve VPP STAR recognition. The facility is operated for the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. The facility takes the non-recyclable portion of municipal solid waste that would otherwise be destined for a landfill and converts it into clean, renewable energy for over 25,000 homes.