EPA Awards Contracts for Emergency Response Operations

Contracts will provide for environmental cleanup response to natural and manmade disasters.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Whitman announced two contracts that will provide for environmental cleanup response to natural and manmade disasters, terrorist activities, weapons of mass destruction and nuclear, biological or chemical incidents in Region IX, headquartered in San Francisco.

"Over the past few weeks, people across this great country have been asking, 'What can I do to help?'" Whitman said. When given the opportunity, Americans have always sprung to action. Today, we are providing two small businesses with the opportunity to make an impact on our environment, and I know that they are ready for action."

The two contracts were awarded for emergency and rapid response services with small businesses under the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Environmental Quality Management, a small business based in Cincinnati, received approximately $43 million. The second contract, valued at approximately $46 million, was awarded to Project Resources, a small, disadvantaged, woman-owned business from San Diego.

The contractors will be required to provide fast, responsive environmental cleanup services for hazardous substances, wastes, contaminants, materials and petroleum products and oil for California, Arizona, Hawaii and Trust Territories of the Pacific, which include Guam and American Samoa.

"EPA is committed to involving small businesses in its mission especially now, in the area of emergency response. Keeping our environment clean for future generations requires a commitment to good stewardship on the part of our entire country. These two businesses will have opportunities to make a contribution, and I look forward to their successes," Whitman said when she signed the contracts.

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