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LyondellBasell's Morris Complex wins prestigious environmental award

Local facility named Industrial Plant of the Year

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 9:00 a.m. CDT

The LyondellBasell petrochemical plant in Morris, Ill., has been named the Industrial Plant of the Year by the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators (IAWPCO).

The site had previously been named a finalist in the industry category for the “Best Operated Wastewater Treatment Works” award as a result of a nomination by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).

“The Industrial Plant of the Year distinction is a prestigious one with only two nominees this year out of almost 1,500 industrial plants in Illinois,” said Dave Miller, executive director of the IAWPCO. “After our review of the LyondellBasell facility, the inspection team felt that this was one of the best run facilities they had seen in recent years and we are very proud to name LyondellBasell’s Morris Complex as the Industrial Plant of the Year.”

The Morris Complex is one of the largest petrochemical facilities in the Midwest. Using natural gas liquids as a feedstock, the plant manufactures ethylene, the world’s most widely-used petrochemical, which is then converted into polyethylene resins.

These resins provide value to society by serving as building blocks for products such as leak-proof and shatterproof containers for industrial and household chemicals, packaging that protects our food from spoilage and contamination, and children’s toys that are safe and durable.

“We are truly honored to be named the Industrial Plant of the Year by the IAWPCO for environmental efforts at our waste water treatment plant,” says Walter Pinto, Morris site manager. “This prestigious honor is a testament to the great work, focus on safety, and attention to detail our employees practice each and every day.”

The purpose of the annual awards for the IAWPCO is to emphasize the relationship between adequate wastewater treatment and clean receiving waters and to give public recognition and encouragement to the industries and their personnel, who have operated their wastewater facilities in an especially effective manner.

During the lead up to the IAWPCO’s annual conference, association inspection teams visited the Morris Complex to review the facility with respect to the selection criteria that include upkeep of the facility, training of personnel, and accurate record keeping.

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies. The company manufactures products at 58 sites in 18 countries.

LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.

More information about LyondellBasell can be found at

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