Western awarded for teamwork to reduce SF6 emissions

The Department of Energy recognized Rocky Mountain Environmental Manager Gene Iley with the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award for his work on the Fugitive Emissions Working Group .  

The FEWG  launched a successful campaign to eliminate emissions of the most highly potent greenhouse gas:  SF6.   Highlighting Western’s commitment to a cleaner environment, Iley along with three other Western employees gave a presentation to the entire workgroup on Western’s SF6 reduction program.

“We felt that it was in everyone’s interest to understand how different we are from most of the DOE family of sites and labs, as well as share our successes in SF6 emission reduction. In many instances, DOE sites have one location with one very large piece of equipment containing tons of SF6, whereas Western has thousands of smaller pieces of equipment to be managed,” Iley noted.   

The Secretary Chu presented the award to Iley Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.  Iley modestly attributes his success on the FEWG to those who have contributed to Western’s SF6 Emissions Reduction Program.