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Hill AFB environmental team earns defense department award

Hill AFB environmental team earns defense department award

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) -- Hill Air Force Base is home to the Department of Defense's top environmental quality team.

The 21-member team was selected by a panel of judges for the 2007 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award, besting teams from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

Part of the 75th Civil Engineer Group Environmental Division, team members include biologists, an archaeologist and engineers. Their work is done at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range.

Among the work that earned the team the award was the reduction of annual hazardous waste costs, a recycling program for scrap metals; a 95 percent reduction in storm water treatment; the demilitarization of more than 1 million pounds of missile motor propellant; burning 680 tons of NASA Titan propellant, and transporting and detonating a first-stage Trident missile motor for the Navy.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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