April 22, 2010
Penn National Gaming a Recipient of Pennsylvania’s 2010 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
Company Recognized for Efforts to Reduce Impact on Local Environment at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
WYOMISSING, Penn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN) announced today that the Company was a recipient of the 2010 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The award highlights the Company’s commitment to the local environment surrounding Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course through the recent replacement of its onsite wastewater treatment plant. This state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant helps mitigate the impact of wastewater coming from the facility and treats certain wastewater for reuse in both track operations and in restroom facilities throughout the property.
Frank Quigley, General Manager of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, said, “We are proud of our commitment to the local community and this award from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is yet another example of Penn National’s ongoing efforts to be a responsible citizen in the communities where we operate. We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for our efforts to manage our impact on the local community and improve the area surrounding Hollywood Casino. Since the opening of Hollywood Casino in 2008, we have provided employment to approximately 1,000 Pennsylvania residents and have generated over $27 million in tax revenue for Dauphin County. In addition, as a result of the water reuse system we save on average 25,000 gallons of fresh water a day, or over 9 million gallons a year. This is a good example of how initiatives like this system can have a big impact on our environment – something important to all of us. As a result we continue to look for ways to reduce our impact on the local environment in all of our communities.
“Importantly, this project was created and built by other Pennsylvania-based businesses in conjunction with Penn National. We are very appreciative of the vision and technical expertise Jim McCarthy (McCarthy Engineering), Scott Gould (McNeese, Wallace and Nurick) and Tom Jones (Gannett Fleming) all brought to the project to fulfill our goal of reducing our environmental impact on the local community.”