MWH Shares Award for Work in Comstock Mill Site

The U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management presented MWH and El Paso Corporation the 2008 Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award this past fall, according to a Jan. 6 press release.

The two have been credited for environmental excellence in reclamation work on the Comstock Mill Site project in Storey County, Nev. El Paso retained MWH to provide engineering and planning services for the reclamation project.

Acknowledging effective environmental stewardship, award recipients are recognized for having exceptional track records of meeting or exceeding federal, state or local reclamation requirements.

"The collective work of El Paso and MWH allowed us to achieve exceptional results for this project and gain this highly regarded award from BLM," said Scott Pope, principal scientist, El Paso Corp.

"MWH has expertise in sustainable mining and experience in responsible mine closure and reclamation. Our close partnership with El Paso gave both companies the ability to achieve successful outcomes," said David Ellerbroek, Ph.D., vice president of MWH. BLM deemed the site reclamation a high priority due, in part, to its location near Virginia City, Nev., not far from state lands dedicated to recreation and historic preservation. MWH developed a two-stage reclamation process including mill demolition and tailings impoundment reclamation.

Headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., MWH is a private, employee-owned firm with approximately 7,000 employees worldwide.