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Region 1 News Release: 08-1546-BOS/BOS 2008-342
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

Covanta Energy of Southeastern Connecticut again recognized as workplace safety and health star by U.S. Labor Department's OSHA
Preston, Conn., energy-from-waste plant recorded 0 injuries and illnesses for 6 years

PRESTON, Conn. - Covanta Energy of Southeastern Connecticut (Covanta SECONN) has been approved for an additional three years of participation in the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Preston energy-from-waste facility continues at the star level, the program's highest level of achievement. The renewal follows an OSHA team's onsite review, which included an examination of the facility's safety and health management system, interviews with employees and a complete tour of the plant.

"This star renewal pays tribute to the continuous, effective commitment by Covanta and its 38 employees at the Preston plant to identify, minimize and eliminate workplace hazards," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator. "The priority they place on employee safety and health is reflected in their enviable and unbeatable illness and injury rate. The Preston plant recorded no injuries or illnesses in the past six years."

Among the plant's areas of excellence are a comprehensive program to analyze, identify and address hazards associated with each job and task, discussion and cor