Elevance receives presidential green award

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Washington, D.C. — Elevance Renewable Sciences was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Monday.

According to a news release from the company, the award was given for Elevance’s work to produce environmentally friendly specialty chemicals at “advantageous costs.”

Elevance purchased the former Delta Biofuels facility in Natchez in 2011, and currently produces biofuels at that location. A company spokesperson recently said a capital improvement project at the plant is currently under way.

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The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award is given to companies that develop technology that prevents pollution and have broad industrial application.

“Elevance is honored to be recognized by the EPA for our work in bringing innovation in the renewable chemical industry,” said K’Lynne Johnson, CEO of Elevance. “Our development team has enabled cost-effective, renewable solutions for our customers. I am pleased to accept this award on their behalf.”

Adams County Supervisors President Darryl Grennell, Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ and Natchez Mayor Jake Middleton were at the award presentation ceremony at Elevance’s request, Grennell said.

“I spoke with several people at the EPA, and this award is not an easy award to get,” Grennell said. “There were many other individuals that were nominated, but to be presented with this award is major for the EPA. It is great that we have Elevance as a part of Natchez-Adams County.”