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Coatings Site Receives Award

One of Akzo Nobel's coatings sites in the UK has been presented with a special environmental honor.

Environmental efforts made by an Akzo Nobel Coatings site in the UK have been recognized with the presentation of a special Water Mark Award.

The Decorative Coatings site in Darwen received the honor from the Mersey Basin Campaign to mark its on-going commitment to a cleaner and more attractive water environment around the Darwen River, which runs through the 30 acre Lancashire facility.

Darwen has made improvements over several years as part of ISO 14001 certification, including measures to prevent both solid and liquid pollution of the river.

A riverside footpath has been cleared and fencing replaced to improve access. The removal of invasive weeds is also encouraging plants—which are more attractive to wildlife—to grow and thrive.

“Water hens, mallard ducks and Canada geese are now using this stretch of river,” explained Tony Hollows, Operations Manager at Darwen, who added that work is progressing on another company initiative—a book to highlight the value of the River Darwen.

Continued Dr Ron Freethy, Chairman of the Darwen River Valley Initiative: “The commitment by Akzo Nobel sets a fine example to other businesses. I am sure that their achievements will continue to enhance the area and look forward to further exciting projects with this valued partner.”

(Released: November 28, 2002)