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Nov. 30, 2010

DHEC announces 'Spare the Air' award recipients

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has named its "Spare the Air" award recipients for their actions in improving the state's air quality, the agency announced today.

"This is the third year that we've presented the 'Spare the Air' award to recognize exceptional projects and programs, and outstanding individuals that have gone beyond the call of duty to protect the environment," said Myra Reece, chief of DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality. "Thanks to these partners and their level of commitment through innovative ideas, the air quality in our state is better."

DHEC congratulates the following partners:

  • Outstanding School or District: Dover Elementary School in North for its efforts in educating parents, faculty, staff, students and bus drivers in reducing idling; and informing them of its harmful effects on human health and the environment.
  • Outstanding Businesses (two winners): Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort for its efforts to conserve energy by replacing inefficient equipment and reducing energy usage costs. Abitibi Bowater in Catawba for its efforts to improve the quality of life for the employees and residents by adopting new energy usage and purchase policies. The efforts of these award recipients should result in reduced emissions through their energy conservation.
  • Outstanding Local Government: Pickens County for its efforts in converting used cooking oil from restaurants and schools into biodiesel fuel to power dozens of county vehicles and equipment.

According to Reece, an award presentation will be made at each recipient's location during the month of December.

For more information on the "Spare the Air" awards, see DHEC's website at:


For more information:
Debra Briggs-Monroe – (803) 898-3752
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Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
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