Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

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AUGUST 24, 2001

 Prison Water Treatment Plant Wins Federal EPA Award

 (Columbus) --- Reginald A. Wilkinson, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), was joined by officials of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ohio EPA today to present an award to the Pickaway Correctional Institution (PCI).  PCI was recognized by the EPA as having the most improved wastewater facility in Region 5, which includes Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  In 1998 the water treatment plant at PCI was cited by the EPA for violating discharge limits and polluting the Big Darby Creek.

 As a result of a productive partnership between the prison and Pickaway County officials the situation was resolved.  PCI received the first place award in the Most Improved category.  Twelve regional facilities also received improvement recognition, with PCI being the only prison to receive this recognition.  As a result of the Regional award, the PCI treatment plant was entered into the national competition and was awarded the First Place John H. Sampson National Operation & Maintenance Excellence Award.  The official presentation of this award will take place at the Water Environment Federation National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 15, 2001.

 In addition to providing services to the Village of Orient, the facility provides water treatment for PCI, the Orient Correctional Institution, the Correctional Reception Center and the Corrections Training Academy, all located on the Orient Complex.

 “This national recognition comes as a result of hard work and dedication on the part of the staff of PCI and the cooperation of the community,” said Wilkinson.  “The result of this partnership and the improvements that have been made to the environment illustrate our agency’s commitment to ‘Best Practices’ in every facet of corrections operations.”

 For further information contact the DRC Office of Public Information at (614) 752-1150.