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2012 LABORATORIES OF THE YEAR RECOGNIZED

May 8, 2012

MADISON - Two municipal wastewater treatment facilities in Wisconsin were recognized recently for the outstanding work their laboratories have performed to help ensure the facilities are protecting water quality in the state.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and Environmental Science Services Section Chief Camille Turcotte presented the 2012 Laboratory of the Year Awards to the City of Whitewater Wastewater Treatment Plant and Village of Saukville Wastewater Treatment Facility at the Natural Resources Board meeting in Madison on March 28, 2012. This is the 17th year that the DNR Environmental Science Services Section has recognized outstanding registered laboratories.

"The award recognizes laboratories that demonstrate a commitment to continually evaluating and improving their procedures to produce the best data possible," Turcotte said. "Having high quality data to make resource management decisions is critical to the DNR's mission of protecting and enhancing the environment."

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DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp with the large registered laboratory award winners from the City of Whitewater Wastewater Treatment Plant : Cathy Stepp, Melody Wunderlin, Tim Reel, left to right
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The Laboratory of the Year award is presented each year to a small and a large registered facility. The recognized laboratories were chosen for this prestigious award from 235 registered laboratories in Wisconsin.

The City of Whitewater Wastewater Treatment Plant received the 2012 Large Registered Facility Award. They were nominated for their excellent analyst training program, extra quality control samples, and detailed investigations to any quality control problems that may be encountered.

The DNR auditor who nominated the laboratory wrote: "The laboratory documentation, corrective action process, and general organization are the best I've seen in the 30 laboratories I audited during 2011. Frankly, their quality system rivals that of many commercial laboratories that have a full time QA Officer. This laboratory is one of the cleanest, best organized laboratories I've seen in my 39 years in the environmental laboratory field."

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DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp with the small registered laboratory award winners from the Village of Saukville Wastewater Treatment Facility : Cathy Stepp, Barbara Dickmann, Gerald Dickmann, Ray Hartmann, left to right
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Stepp presented the award to Tim Reel, Wastewater Superintendent and Melody Wunderlin, Laboratory Technician/Primary Operator.

The Village of Saukville Wastewater Treatment Facility received the 2012 Small Registered Facility Award. They were nominated for their systematic approach to corrective action, extra quality control samples, and detailed recordkeeping.

The DNR auditor who nominated the laboratory wrote: "The laboratory staff takes great pride in their facility and this clearly carries over in the quality of the data they generate."

Secretary Stepp presented the award to Barbara Dickmann, Village President, Gerald Dickmann, Utility Superintendent, and Ray Hartmann, Lead Operator.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Trainor, DNR Audit Chemist, 920-662-5475 or Joanne Haas, DNR Office of Communications - 608-267-0798

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 08, 2012




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