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Con Edison Scientist from Newtown, Pa. Wins Award for Environmental Research

A Con Edison scientist from Newtown, Pa. has won a prestigious award from a leading industry organization for his work on an environmental project.

Brian Brush, section manager in Environmental Health and Safety, won the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute for research that will benefit the East River ecosystem.

Con Edison has a system of five screens with fine mesh panels to filter fish, eggs and larvae from the cooling water intake at the East River Generating Station in Manhattan. Brush and his team found eggs and larvae have higher survival rates passing through the cooling system and being channeled back into the river as opposed to being removed by the screens.

The findings could allow Con Edison to remove the fine mesh screens and replace them with larger screens that are easier and less expensive to maintain.

That team also included: Cristina B. Lombardi, project manager in Steam Operations; Hugh P. O’Neill, project manager in Electric Operations; Scott Salmon, a scientist in Environmental Health and Safety; and Gary Thorn, a section manager in Central Engineering.

Brush, who joined Con Edison in September 2008, won a Technology Transfer Award in 2015 for research that led to the development of the fish-protection system in the river.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $48 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to about 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y.

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