Energy Northwest and AREVA Partnered to Clean Up Tri-Cities Community for Earth Day
April 18, 2014
Energy Northwest and AREVA Inc. employees filled a pick up truck with debris collected during an Earth Day Clean-Up along the Yakima River.
Richland, Wash., April 18, 2014 – The Tapteal Greenway Association Trail system is cleaner and more user-friendly thanks to more than 40 employee volunteers from Energy Northwest and AREVA. The two companies partnered with the Tapteal Greenway Association to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) a few days early with a community cleanup project along the Yakima River.
The project consisted of developing a path on a currently unused dirt road along the old canal which parallels the Yakima River off of Twin Bridges Road between Highway 240 and the river. Employee volunteers picked up debris and helped to convert the road to an easily accessible and “earth friendly” path that is free and open to the public.
The clean-up activity reflects both organizations’ commitment to the local community and the environment.
“Energy Northwest is committed to caring for the environment. The agency’s commitment is formally registered as conforming to the International Organization for Standardization’s 14001:2004 standard, which provides third-party validation that Energy Northwest’s environmental stewardship and management efforts are both effective and sustainable.” said Robert Nielson, Energy Northwest’s Environmental & Regulatory Programs supervisor.
“AREVA places sustainable development at the center of its strategy and safe operations and is committed to environmental sustainability and community involvement. These commitments are reflected in our long-standing tradition of investing and supporting the communities in which we live and work,” said Dominique Grandemange, Richland site manager, AREVA. “Partnering with Energy Northwest on this Earth Day project was a great opportunity for our employees to demonstrate our dedication to sustaining the environment in support of the Tri-Cities community.”
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