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Mechanical Engineering Prof. Sammy Shina and Greg Morose, Toxics Use Reduction Institute project manager, received an Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently at a Faneuil Hall ceremony.
Led by Shina and Morose, the New England Lead-Free Consortium, a group of industry, academic, and government organizations, was honored for a five-year effort to find new lead-free alternatives for the electronics industry. Lead, a toxic chemical that has been linked to health and behavioral problems, is commonly found in solder used in disposable electronic equipment that ends up in landfills and incinerators. This project is expected to remove approximately 6,500 pounds of lead per year from the Massachusetts electronics industry.
“Excellent technical work, great team building skills, and a lot of sweat equity went into this project. Sammy, Greg and all the Consortium members are to be commended for staying the course and making Massachusetts safer for everyone,” said Michael Ellenbecker, director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson was the keynote speaker. Robert W. Varney, regional administrator for EPA’s New England Office, presented the awards to 19 winners from Massachusetts.
In a statement from the EPA, Varney said, “These awards are among the highest honors EPA can bestow to recognize environmental accomplishments. The work of these individuals, organizations and businesses reflects the best attributes of New Englanders, working to find solutions to environmental issues. I offer my gratitude for their extraordinary contributions in protecting the environment.”