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November 20, 2012

MADISON - The public has an opportunity to submit comments on three Wisconsin businesses that have applied for the state's innovative Green Tier program, designed to recognize and reward organizations who are committed to superior environmental performance.

Badger Mining Corporation, Unimin Corporation and Waukesha Iron and Metal, Inc., have all applied for Tier 1 of Green Tier, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources program which encourages innovation, collaboration and new environmental goal setting.

Public comments on the Green Tier applicants will be taken through Dec. 19, 2012. Specific information on these applicants and the Green Tier program can be found by searching the DNR website for "Green Tier" and clicking on the tab for Comment on Green Tier applicants. Comments may be directed to the DNR Environmental Assistance Coordinator listed for each applicant, or to Mark McDermid, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster St. CO/5,, 608-267-3125.

"To be accepted into Green Tier, an applicant must have a good environmental record, commit to superior environmental performance and implement an Environmental Management System," said Mark McDermid, Cooperative Environmental Assistance Bureau director.

The Badger Mining Corporation has operated out of Berlin, Wis., for more than 100 years. Today the family-owned business still includes a corporate office in Berlin as well as Wisconsin mining and processing facilities for high quality industrial sand located in Taylor and Fairwater. Environmental responsibility is a core value at Badger Mining. Company activities include creating post-mining land surfaces that simulate natural landscapes, controlling erosion to prevent off-site discharge and annually planting 3,000-5,000 native trees and shrubs.

Badger Mining also works closely with the DNR and its Disabled October Gun Deer Hunt Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on native prairie establishment and the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin.

Unimin Corporation's Portage facility has been producing industrial silica sand as part of the nationwide Unimin Corporation since 1983. The facility has helped make Unimin an industry leader in environmental stewardship, driven by the company's efforts to preserve local wildlife habitats while reducing emissions and energy consumption through equipment upgrades.

As a member of the Wildlife Habitat Council, Unimin and its dedicated team of employee volunteers manage habitat projects onsite, including a successful timber diversification project. The Portage facility also collaborates with Pheasants Forever and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for pheasant habitat restoration, and with DNR and the Wisconsin Audubon Society for bluebird monitoring and protection.

Waukesha Iron and Metal is a third generation, family-owned company located in Waukesha that has specialized in metal recycling since 1956. Operating throughout the Midwest, Waukesha Iron serves trades from auto salvage and industrial operations to contractors and utilities.

To assure that materials are being handled in an environmentally responsible manner, Waukesha Iron offers an audit trail which tracks materials through the entire handling process. Other sustainability efforts include a non-ferrous metal separator which removes 95 percent of recyclable metal, a 4,000 square-foot fluid collection basin which collects any fluids co-mingled with scrap metal for runoff prevention, and radiation detectors to alert staff of any potentially hazardous material before it enters the facility.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark McDermid, DNR, 608-267-3125

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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