Babcock Power Employee Receives Prestigious ASME 2012 Pioneer Award

November 7, 2012

Anthony Licata, better known as Tony, continues to demonstrate a sound and determined statesmanship in the manner he strives for continuous improvement of technology, the environment, society and ASME. Tony has brought diverse interests together to forge sound air pollution regulations and industry policies as well as establish cooperation between industry groups and ASME. He has testified to Congress and regulatory bodies and is due some credit for ASME’s operator standards being included in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Getting the QRO standards included in the Clean Air Act itself was an unusual accomplishment for both our industry and ASME.

Tony’s efforts as Chairman of the ASME Dioxin Committee during the 1980s brought together industry, government and experts from both sides of the Atlantic to effectively determine combustion problems, identify dioxin formation mechanisms and provide solutions to protect the environment.

Tony began his career as an air pollution regulator in the late 1960s where he became one of the true pioneers of air pollution measurement and control. He was instrumental in developing advance pollution measurement methods for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as developing air pollution control equipment to meet the new demands of the Clean Air Act.

Tony has been a major force in bringing European environmental and power technologies to North America for waste management; bridging the gaps of culture, technology and regulatory differences. This required great effort as the standards and regulations were different in Europe and the technologies had to become more cost effective to succeed in the North American market. Tony led efforts to introduce carbon injection and prescriptive sorbents which have resulted in the reduction of mercury, dioxin, and HAPs emissions in waste management and power generation, Now working with Babcock Power, Tony has transferred European boiler and air pollution technologies to North America, much like he previously did for the waste combustion technology. Tony has published over 100 technical papers and remains instrumental in getting top experts from Europe to present peer reviewed papers at ASME conferences.

For almost 40 years, Tony has dedicated hours of time, volumes of knowledge and demonstrated a “can do” attitude that significantly advanced the mission of ASME, especially for the Research Committee on Energy, Environment & Waste and the Materials & Energy Recovery Division. He has been instrumental in coordinating projects not only for ASME’s regional and national groups, but ASME’s Washington staff as well. He continues to profess his strong belief in ASME’s professional and technical content value as well as the need for industry and government groups to work together to solve our mutual challenges.

Tony has received numerous awards including ASME’s Dedicated service, ICAC’s Special Achievement, AWMA’ Waste Management Award and he’s been elected to the grade of ASME Fellow.