Clow Valve Co. receives EPA Pollution Prevention Award

The Environmental Protection Agency has selected AFS Corporate Member Clow Valve Co., a metal casting facility in Oskaloosa, Iowa, for a Region 7 2020 Pollution Prevention (P2) Award, which will be formally presented during ceremonies at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference in December.

The EPA Region 7 P2 Awards celebrate organizations across the Heartland that have successfully implemented pollution prevention projects. P2 is defined as any practice that reduces, eliminates or prevents pollution at its source.

For over 130 years, Clow Valve has been a manufacturer of waterworks valves and fire hydrants. The company is being recognized for replacing two electric arc melt furnaces in its iron foundry with two electric induction furnaces, eliminating the need for one of two baghouses. The resulting energy conservation of 287,100 kWh/year means a reduction in slag waste (802 tons/year) and hazardous waste (200 tons/year), and over $100,000 in cost savings.