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Covanta Mendota Recognized for Its Exemplary Health and Safety Practices
Date:7/17/2009

al/VPP team recognized the excellent level of teamwork and cooperation existing at Covanta Mendota between local management, hourly employees and corporate staff to continuously improve workplace safety," said Iraj Pourmehraban, Cal/OSHA Area Manager. "The total case incident three-year rate average at 80% below industry average is a testament to the effectiveness of proactive safety & health programs at the site. The plant not only generates power -- it also generates very effective safety and health programs. I congratulate Covanta Mendota employees for the outstanding work they have done to achieve Cal/VPP Star status."

Covanta Mendota processes more than 600 tons of biomass waste materials each day, generating up to 25 megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity or enough to meet the needs of 25,000 homes. Unlike traditional methods of power generation that rely on exhaustible fossil fuels, biomass energy is generated by utilizing wood and agricultural fuel from a variety of local, renewable sources. Biomass facilities like Covanta Mendota reduce the practice of "open-field burning" of agricultural waste, a major air quality challenge for the San Joaquin Valley. Additionally, the collection and use of wood waste at biomass facilities contributes to the removal of burnable material left on forest floors, thereby reducing the potential for wildfires. The United States Forest Service notes that the "advantages of biomass is that it produces electricity 24/7 while not adding any additional CO(2) into the atmosphere. The development of wood energy is needed to ensure our energy security."

About Covanta

Covanta Energy is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects, including eight biomass facilities, and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy
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