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Hazleton Oil & Environmental, Inc. received an award / certificate for helping out in a household hazardous waste day for Northampton County. They had over 1500 residents who took advantage of the opportunity to drop off hazardous toxins and chemicals. The turn-out was twice the amount of people than last year.
FREELAND HOME OIL SPILL QUICKLY CONTAINED
BY KENT JACKSON
An oil tank split inside a Freeland home Monday morning during a delivery, releasing 150 gallons into the basement from where some of the oil flowed into sewers and the borough's sewage treatment plant.
While some oil entered a drain at the house at 826 Washington St., volunteer firefighters did "a great job" in halting the flow, said Stephen Bekanich, director of Luzerne County's Emergency Management Agency.
Firefighters joined officials from EMA and the state Department of Environmental Protection, who oversaw the cleanup conducted by Hazleton Oil and Environmental.
"It was quickly contained. Then it was a matter of getting it out of our plant," Freeland Borough Manager Lynn Falatko said.
Freeland Fire Chief Joseph Stepansky said the depth of the oil in the basement ranged from a coating to 2 or 3 inches.
The floor was slippery, fumes were hazardous but the danger of fire or explosion was minimal, Stepansky said.
Some firefighters patched the tank and corralled the spill while others escorted the three residents and their pets outside and began ventilating the home. Neither residents nor firefighters suffered injuries or ill effects, he said.
He said technicians from Hazleton Oil and Environmental were going to remove oil and apply deodorizers at the house.
Stepansky said the residents can return when the odor subsides, but he told them to stay with relatives or friends if the odor persisted overnight.
At the treatment plant, a vacuum truck inhaled oil that floated on the water, Falatko said.
The oil killed microbes that digest sewage at the plant so the borough ordered an overnight delivery of the bugs to revive the process, Falatko said.
The spill occurred about 9 a.m. during an oil delivery, and cleanup workers responded by 9:30 a.m.
Falatko said the homeowners hired Hazleton Oil and Environmental for the cleanup.
HAZLETON OIL EARNS ENERGY STAR STATUS
Hazleton Oil & Environmental, Inc. announced that it has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection.
Commercial buildings and industrial plants that rate in the top 25 percent in the nation for energy efficiency may qualify for the designation.
"We have worked hard to establish a facility that is energy efficient while lowering our energy bill," said Sloane Six, CEO/president of Hazleton Oil & Environmental.
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon diocide into the atmosphere.
Hazleton Oil & Environmental improved energy performance by managing energy strategically across the organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.
Actual savings will vary from month to month, but on an annual basis, the company estimated its facility would use $1,200 less on electricity than a comparable site.
The company's press release said it actively sought out new technologies in lighting such as energy-efficient lamps, occupancy sensors and high-efficiency ballasts to reach the goal for the ENERGY STAR.
WE SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Hazleton Oil & Environmental, Inc. is going pink in support of breast cancer awareness. We are supporting the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation by turning our new gear pump truck pink. We have recently added this pink truck to our fleet. The pink truck has only been on the road a few days but has already made an impression on the motoring public and our customers.
Hazleton Oil & Environmental, Inc. will donate 5¢ to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every mile the pink truck travels. The local affiliates Hazleton Oil & Environmental, Inc. will donate the proceeds are Scranton and Philadelphia.
The pink truck is dedicated to our company president, Sloane Six, and all other women who are courageously fighting and have overcome the battle with breast cancer. This truck is also dedicated to honoring the women who have not won the battle. Sloane Six is a one year breast cancer survivor.
DESPITE ECONOMIC JITTERS, COMPANIES EXCEL
BY MIA LIGHT
Published: Thursday, May 7, 2009 4:15 AM EDT
In a year of economic turmoil, members of the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association (MAEA) have reason to celebrate.
The celebration was held Tuesday at Genetti Best Western Inn and Suites, Hazle Township, at the annual MAEA Manufacturing Excellence Awards dinner. Three manufacturing industries and three service-providing firms were honored for community involvement, energy efficiency-environmental improvements, and product innovation-expansion.
"At a time when there are so many bad news stories with the economy, it is so nice to stand up there and award these companies for expansion, innovation, improvements and community involvement," said Darlene J. Robbins, Northeast PA MAEA president.
This year’s honored manufacturers include: Cardinal Systems Inc., Schuylkill Haven, for product expansion; The Dial Corp., a Henkel Company, West Hazleton, for community involvement, and Draka Cableteq USA, Schuylkill Haven, for energy efficiency and environmental improvements.
Employers honored for excellence include Pets United LLC, Hazleton, for product expansion; Empire Education Group, Pottsville, for community involvement, and Evans Delivery Co., Schuylkill Haven, for energy efficiencies and environmental improvements.
The awards were presented by Robbins and Virginia Schenk, MAEA chairwoman and COO of the ReDCo Group. Legislative and senatorial citations were also presented to each award winner by Frank Zukas of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corp., Tom Maheady of Borton Lawson Engineering, Gerald A. Edhault of Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners, and Kevin O’Donnell of CAN DO Inc.
Accepting the product expansion award for Cardinal Systems, Mickey Bradley gave credit to the company’s employees.
"We have the greatest workforce in the city and it is their effort that made Cardinal Systems grow," Bradley said.
Terry Hartlage of Dial, who provided attendees a tour of company facilities prior to the dinner and ceremony, said community involvement is a Dial responsibility.
"It is very much our responsibility as corporate citizens to participate in our community and we feel a lot of pride in receiving this award," Hartlage said.
According to Tom McAfee of Draka Cableteq, who accepted the energy efficiency-environmental award with Jim Moore, the MAEA recognition is a testament to employee dedication.
"This award is something our company is very proud of. Our employees are great. We trained them and they are doing everything we have to do to keep everything green," McAfee said.
Accepting the product expansion award, Nick LaRosa of Pets United attributed the company’s success and its growth to the area.
"We started with 35 employees. Now, on behalf of the 175 associates at our Humboldt location, we thank you. We are committed to the Hazleton area," LaRosa said.
Phil Jacobelli, who accepted the community involvement award on behalf of the Empire Education Group, said community involvement "matches Empire’s core purpose: giving people the opportunity to improve their lives."
Bert Evans of the Evans Delivery Co. said the energy efficiency-environmental improvement award belongs to the company’s people.
Robbins applauded the award-winning companies for their success in a challenging economy.
"The awards are an indicator that manufacturers and businesses are able to compete in today’s challenging economic times by developing innovative processes and product improvements and efficiencies while maintaining a visible presence in the community," she said.
Honorable mention award winners include InterMetro Industries Corp. of Plains Township for product innovation; Advanced Recovery Services Inc. of Penn Valley and Pennsauken, N.J., for process innovation; Blue Mountain Family Chiropractic and Healthy Habits Natural Market, both of Orwigsburg, for community involvement, and Hazleton Oil and Environmental Inc. of Hazleton for energy efficiency and environmental improvements.
The Northeast PA MAEA serves companies in Carbon, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties, offering a range of services to help them remain competitive that include wage and salary benefits surveys, standard and customized training programs, roundtable meetings on a variety of topics and legislative updates.
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HAZLETON AREA SET TO LAUNCH PILOT RECYCLING PROGRAM
Hazleton Area school directors will launch a pilot recycling program that could eliminate up to 80 percent of the trash generated at a half-dozen district facilities, including the high school complex.
The school board will vote on an agreement that authorizes Hazleton Oil and Environmental Inc. to collect and remove paper, plastic and cardboard at no cost from the high school, Career Center, Hazle Building, Administration Building, transportation garage and Valley Elementary / Middle School.
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