For some companies, environmental stewardship represents an attempt to make amends for America’s historic track record in this arena.
“Unfortunately, our country has neglected and abused our Earth’s environment for centuries,” says Cathy Morris, operations supervisor for Simplot Grower Solutions in Edison, CA. “We have drilled, probed and mined our oceans and ground beyond repair in many areas. Now, as our way of life is threatened by our own greed, we are slowly realizing the injustice we have done to our Earthly home. Without the resources the Earth has offered us, we could not survive. Simplot relies on many of the Earth’s resources in order to do business. We as a company need to continue the effort we have been making to create better working practices to sustain our environment.”
At Simplot Edison, these practices include having all the company’s liquid blending done within a containment area or on a concrete pad, its dry fertilizer blending conducted in a designated area and under roof and adding plastic curtain strips on both ends of the outlet’s loading area to help contain the dust that some fertilizers create when being loaded. Simplot Edison has also installed additional rainwater diversion tanks to contain any run-off.
For product tracking, the company employs a comprehensive reporting system. “This allows the company to track and compile the incidents in informational charts showing any trends that are developing,” says Morris.
More recently, Simplot Edison has been monitoring the usage of its diesel and gasoline powered forklifts to comply with new state regulations. “In order to reduce diesel emissions, we are working toward replacing our large diesel truck fleet that does not comply with the new California regulations in the near future,” says Morris.