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MPCA recognizes local wastewater plant operator

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Jerry Vogt from the city of Worthington-Worthington Industrial for maintaining a perfect record of compliance with their wastewater treatment permit during 2011.

This year, the city of Worthington-Worthington Industrial was among 126 wastewater facilities statewide to receive this recognition.

MPCA Commissioner Paul Aasen had high praise for the award recipients.

"These operators work hard every day to ensure that Minnesotans can enjoy clean water now and in the future. They are at the front line in protecting our streams and lakes, and ultimately, the health of people and businesses that depend on clean water," Aasen said in a press release.

To be eligible for the award, facility operators were required to submit all monitoring reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance through monitoring or surveys and employ MPCA-certified operators.

The awards were presented at the 75th annual Wastewater Operations Conference in Brooklyn Park. Wastewater treatment facilities were eligible for the award if they submitted all monitoring reports correctly and on time, demonstrated consistent compliance with their permit, and employed staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations.