SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, announced today that it has been chosen by the Arkansas Environmental Federation (AEF) as the recipient of the 2013 Diamond Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership.
Each year, the AEF Diamond Award recognizes one company that demonstrates initiative and/or leadership in managing its environmental efforts. Aerojet Rocketdyne won this award for the Biological Remediation Project, an innovative, environmentally-sustainable perchlorate remediation project at its Camden, Ark., facility.
The Biological Remediation Project, the first full-scale perchlorate remediation in Arkansas, utilized natural biological methods to recycle the soil, as opposed to the traditional industry practice of "dig and haul" soil removal. In addition to far exceeding mandated clean-up goals for both soil and groundwater, the project resulted in establishment of a natural environment.
"Aerojet Rocketdyne is thrilled to receive this honor," said Chris Conley, vice president of Environmental, Health & Safety. "It acknowledges our commitment to both environmental stewardship and to the state of Arkansas, while recognizing the talent and dedication of our pioneering team members."
Aerojet Rocketdyne formally will receive its award at the AEF's 46th Annual Convention and Trade Show being held at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, Ark., in early October. As the award recipient, the company will give a presentation on the Biological Remediation Project to all attendees and media. In addition, AEF plans to publish an article detailing the project in its September/October quarterly journal.
Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. GenCorp is a diversified company providing innovative solutions to its customers in the aerospace and defense, energy and real estate markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne and GenCorp can be obtained by visiting the companies' websites at www.Rocket.com and www.GenCorp.com.