ROUGE, La. – Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the global
specialty chemicals industry, announced that it has received the
Diamond Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership by the
Arkansas Environmental Federation for its Bromine Recovery Unit located
in the Magnolia, Arkansas facility. This is the second time for
Albemarle to receive this award. In 2003, Albemarle's Wetland
Mitigation Bank in Magnolia received the Diamond Award for Excellence
in Environmental Leadership.
The Diamond Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership
recognizes companies demonstrating initiative and/or leadership in
managing their environmental affairs. The winner was determined by an
independent panel appointed by the Board of Directors of the Arkansas
Albemarle's Bromine Recovery Unit (BRU) is a sustainable waste and
energy reduction operation. Instead of sending brominated waste
materials off-site for disposal, the BRU provides a means to reprocess
both solids and liquids to recover bromine for reuse. The benefits
include conserving natural resources, like the brine reserves which
make the bromine operations in Magnolia possible, eliminating off-site
handling, transportation and disposal of these brominated wastes, and
creating a more efficient production operation with lower energy
needs. During 2013, the BRU eliminated off-site disposal of over 3.4
million pounds of material and reclaimed 1.6 million pounds of bromine.
"Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Albemarle,"
said Ron Zumstein, Albemarle senior vice president, Manufacturing,
Supply Chain & Process Excellence. "We are honored to have received
recognition for our employees' efforts designing and operating the
Bromine Recovery Unit. Our employees are committed to protecting and
enhancing the communities where we operate. This project is a testament
to our team's unique ability to deliver innovative products and
processes that meet the growing demands of our stakeholders."