DTE Energy's Allen Road Service Center Celebrates ISO 14001 Certification


MELVINDALE, Mich., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees, company officials and guests today celebrated the Allen Road Service Center's successful completion of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 14001 certification process.

The Allen Road Service Center is the 12th DTE Energy facility to receive the environmental management certification.

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized standard that provides a facility with the basic framework for managing environmental impacts. Certification requires that employees must be aware of how their job can impact the environment. An environmental management system certified to the ISO 14001 standard is effective because it involves every aspect of a facility's activities that can affect the environment. Periodic reviews of the system, by a third party after certification, ensure that it continues to be effective in the future.

Service Center Manager Bryan Valrance and Warehouse Supervisor Joseph Polizzi accepted the ISO 14001 certificate from Gerald Schwarz, lead auditor for NSF-ISR, the accredited third party auditing organization that reviewed the plant's effort to achieve certification. Valrance said that earning certification was truly a team effort that demonstrates the commitment of all plant personnel to their individual and collective role as stewards of the environment.

"The employees of the Allen Road Service Center are keenly aware that they have a personal responsibility for protecting the environment day in and day out," he said. "This is a commitment we have made to our families, friends and neighbors and to future generations."

Helping to achieve the certification were approximately 200 members of Local 223 of the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO who work at the Allen Road Service Center.

"I'm proud to see everybody working together to accomplish something this important," said Rich Harkins, Chairman, Gas Division, Local 223. "Compliance with the ISO 14001 standard is good for the environment and the community."

Also participating in Friday's ceremonies were Gerardo Norcia, President and Chief Operating Office for MichCon; Robert A. Richard, Senior Vice President, MichCon, and Skiles Boyd, DTE Energy Vice President, Environmental Management and Resources.

The Allen Road facility is MichCon's biggest service center, houses fleet operations, meter warehouse and repair, and MichCon's gas leak repair operations for lower southeast Michigan. The facility also includes the Detroit Edison meter repair shop.

With more than 300 employees working in more than ten different areas, the site was challenged to address environmental issues while working on a number of diverse activities. It was a unique certification project for DTE Energy because of the large number of people and variety of areas in which they work. During the ISO 14001 certification audit, the auditor evaluated its environmental management system with respect to such diverse activities as repairing gas leaks in a residential area to removing mercury switches before recycling meter components.

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan and other non- utility, energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, coal and gas midstream, unconventional gas production and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at


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