NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Continental Maritime of San Diego (CMSD), a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII), has been recognized by the Industrial Environmental Association for its environmental stewardship. The association presented the shipyard with a Pioneer Award in April, commemorating the facility's proactive sustainability program, which has led to CMSD becoming the first "zero discharge" shipyard in the United States.
"It's great to know that Continental Maritime is dedicated to continual improvement and is reminded of some great achievements, like being the first zero discharge shipyard in the country," said April McGinley, an environmental supervisor at CMSD. "We are committed to keeping our community clean and safe, for both our neighbors and the wildlife of San Diego. As a member of the Industrial Environmental Association, CMSD makes environmental stewardship a top priority."
The Industrial Environmental Association is a non-profit association based in San Diego that promotes responsible environmental laws and regulations, provides a voice on a variety of environmental issues, and offers educational opportunities for manufacturers and associated organizations in the region.
The proactive sustainability program enacted by CMSD combats waste and pollution throughout the facility.
CMSD has worked to eliminate all discharge from its facility for more than a decade. Operating under a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit, CMSD committed to becoming a zero discharge facility, eliminating the discharge of storm water, air conditioning condensate, boiler condensate, pipe and tank hydrostatic discharge water, and more. In 2004, the San Diego Regional Water Control Board inspected the facility's discharge elimination system and confirmed that all point source discharges were eliminated, making CMSD the nation's first zero discharge shipyard. By being discharge free, CMSD has an annualized energy savings of approximately $90,000.
In addition to addressing discharge, CMSD has taken steps to limit its use of electricity and hazardous materials and has promoted recycling throughout its facility. The company replaced light fixtures with more energy-efficient lighting, leading to a 59 percent reduction in electricity use annually. To cut down on hazardous waste and emissions, leadership banned overboard blasting and coasting and now uses natural gas and electric forklifts. In 2014, the company recycled 594 tons of cardboard, paper, wood, plastic, blast grit, metal and electronic waste, representing 62 percent of the facility's waste once transferred to a landfill.
About Huntington Ingalls Industries
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII's Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: