NuStar Energy awarded Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber enviro award

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has awarded the 13th Annual Tahoma Environmental Business Award for outstanding environmental awareness and efficiency to NuStar Energy.

The award was presented during a luncheon on Fri., April 10, at Pacific Grill Events Center in downtown Tacoma. The event was hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and sponsored by Taylor-Thomason Insurance.

According to Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber officials, NuStar Energy aims to continually improve processes and programs to ensure that the best environmental practices are shared across their numerous terminal and storage systems, such as painting roofs to reduce metal pollutants that may be in contact with storm water; the development of a Bucket Tree to prevent empty buckets from collecting storm water, and upgrading vapor hoses to improve capture efficiency for emission at the truck rack. The company has also made internal changes which have improved storm water and air quality, as well as a significant reduction in waste, and has surpassed 23 years since their last reportable spill, according to Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber officials.

Other nominees for this year’s award included Associated Petroleum Products, Inc.; Cartridge World; Nisqually Red Wind Casino; NW Etch; Point Ruston, LLC; Puglia Engineering, Inc.; and TPT U.S. Limited.

Past recipients include JL Darling (2014), Targa Sound Terminal (2013),Richlite Company (2012), Waste Connections (2011), Walsh Construction (2010), Carlile Transportation Systems (2009), Pacific Lutheran University (2008), Totem Ocean Trailer Express (2007), Port of Tacoma (2006), McFarland Cascade (2005), Simpson (2004), and Kay Parks/Dan Meyer Auto Rebuild (2003).

The luncheon and awards ceremony on Friday included featured speakers representing the intersection of business and the environment, such as Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Executive Director Craig Kenworthy, who discussed steps for achieving air quality improvements; and City of Tacoma Transportation Engineer Joshua Diekmann, who discussed Tacoma’s Transportation Plan.

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