SAN DIEGO, Nov. 1, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was selected as the first-place winner of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2005 National Clean Water Act Recognition Award.

Continental Maritime, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector, received the award for its outstanding environmental efforts in pollution prevention.

"Continental Maritime has demonstrated outstanding technological achievements and innovative methods to maintain a healthy environment," said Bryan Rittenhouse, environmental scientist for the water permits division of the EPA. "This award acknowledges their vision, dedication and commitment to protecting the environment."

In 2001 Continental Maritime began efforts to eliminate stormwater pollution by installing a collection system to divert all runoff from the San Diego Bay. The company re-routed steam condensate from boilers back to the boilers and diverted air-conditioning condensate and fresh-water fire-main discharges to collection tanks for sewer disposal.

"We're committed to upholding a healthy environment for our employees and our community," said Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president of technology development and fleet support for Northrop Grumman Newport News and president of Continental Maritime. "This award acknowledges the ongoing efforts of hundreds of employees committed to protecting the environment and preventing pollution."

The EPA's Clean Water Act Recognition Award recognizes businesses, government officials, tribes and environmental organizations that surpass minimum requirements of the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act was established in 1977 to regulate the discharge of pollutants into U.S. water.

Located in San Diego, Continental Maritime delivers service and support to aircraft carriers as well as other ships in the U.S. Navy fleet stationed on the West Coast. Continental Maritime is a certified Master Ship Repair Contractor with the Navy and has accomplished hundreds of ship repair contracts for the Navy and Military Sealift Command.

Northrop Grumman Newport News, headquartered in Newport News, Va., is the nation's sole designer, builder, and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two companies capable of designing and building nuclear powered submarines. Newport News also provides after-market services for a wide array of naval and commercial vessels. The Newport News sector employs about 19,000 people.

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