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TestAmerica Analytical Testing Corp. and Severn Trent Laboratories Inc. Re-launch Under TestAmerica Brand

Posted June 20, 2007 by

The previously announced union between market leaders STL and TestAmerica has advanced significantly in all aspects of the business and the executive team is ready to unveil the new branding for the combined business.

Starting today, the combined business will use the new TestAmerica brand and will begin transitioning to the new identity in all internal and external operations and communication.
TestAmerica President and CEO (former STL President and CEO) Rachel Brydon Jannetta commented, “We are excited to provide our clients with exceptional customer service, unparalleled technical expertise and the broadest range of products and services ever offered by one company and now all under the TestAmerica brand. Our enhanced value proposition and our commitment to our clients and employees will continue to be reflected in our newly phrased Vision and Mission Statements.”

Tom Barr, Chairman and CEO of TestAmerica Holdings, Inc. said, “The partnership process since our announcement in December 2006 has been non-stop. We have successfully integrated our various companies, offering the most complete depth of products, services, capacity, locations, expertise, and industry tenure. Our services now range from analytical testing to the other TestAmerica Holding Company divisions, providing mold and allergen testing, environmental drilling, air emissions testing and product sales. This has been a dream of mine for the past twenty years. Our over 3,000 employees are dedicated to client satisfaction, the environment and personal growth.”

Ms. Brydon Jannetta added, “A cross functional team is charged with the transition to the new brand – this will in no way affect our service to clients. All laboratories, service centers and product companies will continue to deliver the high-quality service that clients have come to expect.”

As part of the re-branding initiative, TestAmerica will fold all of its communications, marketing, and identity efforts under the new brand.

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is a leading provider of environmental testing, servicing clients through its four divisions. The analytical testing division performs tests in scientific laboratories to detect trace level organic and inorganic contaminants in soil, water, waste, and air samples that are shipped from industrial processing and other sites that are being investigated, monitored or remediated for the presence of harmful substances. EMLab, the analytical mold testing division, specializes in the analysis of molds, yeasts, bacteria, and allergens. The air emissions sampling division collects air samples from the emissions of industrial processes that are then processed and tested by the company?s fully-equipped, on-site mobile laboratories to determine their compliance with applicable environmental regulations. The drilling division drills wells through complex geologies for the environmental testing, monitoring and remediation of industrial processing sites, government/military facilities, gas stations, and other sites that may potentially contain harmful substances in soil, water, or sludge. For more information, visit TestAmerica online at http://www.testamericainc.com.

About STL

STL is a leading environmental testing firm with 32 laboratories throughout the United States. STL provides a wide variety of analytical testing services, including dioxin detection and air analyses; indoor air quality, food and consumer products testing; and a range of products used in the sampling and testing process. STL Operations also include 16 Service Centers and QED Environmental Systems, Inc., the leading supplier of groundwater sampling equipment and remediation pumping systems. STL affiliates include the Aerotech P&K; team, which brings together the capabilities of Aerotech Laboratories, Inc. and P&K; Microbiology Services, Inc. STL employs over 2,100 people. For more information, visit STL online http://www.stl-inc.com.


EBI Consulting’s Dr. Kmiotek Promoted to Senior Vice President

Posted June 12, 2007 by

Burlington, MA—June 8, 2007—EBI Consulting, a national engineering and environmental, health and safety consulting firm based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is proud to announce that Steve Kmiotek has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President. Dr. Kmiotek has been with EBI Consulting since 1996, when he joined EBI Consulting as Senior Program Director, with the responsibility of developing business in several industrial markets. Based upon his success working with clients and building teams within EBI Consulting to deliver superior services, he was subsequently asked to lead the development of a new Environmental Health and Safety services group. Dr. Kmiotek has been instrumental in recruiting key staff for the Environmental Health and Safety services group and in developing a strong client base in New England. The support he provides for the national extension of EBI’s service capability is invaluable. In his new role he will continue to guide growth and expansion within the Environmental Health and Safety Services group both regionally and nationally and maintain the firm’s high level of services for its clients.
Dr. Kmiotek earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Massachusetts. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in industry and environmental consulting.

About EBI Consulting

EBI Consulting was founded in 1989 with the purpose of creating value for its clients through innovative applications of engineering assessments, environmental health and safety (EH&S;) management, and due diligence techniques. The firm provides its clients with technical expertise that assists them in meeting compliance deadlines and in managing crucial projects on time and within operating budget. Each of EBI Consulting’s principals brings extensive experience in facility engineering and environmental, health and safety management, environmental assessment and cleanup, and related consulting services. EBI Consulting is known for the quality of its product, the professionalism and business expertise of its consultants, and the personalized nature of its services. EBI Consulting has offices nationwide, ensuring efficient and expedited services. For more information, please visit www.ebiconsulting.com.


Staples Starts First National Retail Electronics Collection

Posted June 12, 2007 by

Boston, MA – May 21, 2007 – Staples, Inc., the office super-store, today became the first major retailer to collect used electronics from its customers. The announcement came three years after a trial effort showed that items such as computers could be easily recycled at low cost to consumers and retailers.

Staples will accept all brands of computers, monitors, laptops, printers, faxes, and all-in-one devices at its U.S. stores for a fee of $10 per large item. Televisions, which Staples does not sell, are not accepted.

The 2004 pilot program, a collaboration between Staples, U.S. EPA, and the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. (PSI) successfully showed that Staples could provide recycling services for unwanted computer equipment to its retail and commercial customers within the company’s existing distribution infrastructure.

“The pilot showed that consumers and businesses will respond, if given the chance to recycle consumer electronics,” said Scott Cassel, Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Institute. “This is a model that works, saves resources, and can ultimately be adopted by other retailers for a range of consumer products.”

The Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute, a national non-profit organization that promotes sustainable resource use, managed an EPA “eCycling” grant. PSI designed and implemented the project along with Staples to test whether computer recycling could be consistent with Staples’ business model. Analysis of the pilot indicated that eCycling was cost-effective, and was well received by consumers and Staples.

“The Staples program shows that retailers can take-back used consumer products from their customers just as easily as they currently take back damaged or unwanted products,” said Cassel. “The next step is to remove the ‘end-of-life’ fee charged to consumers, as part of a national system.”
Conducted during the summer of 2004, the project collected unwanted electronic equipment sold by Staples (including laptops, computer processing units, monitors, printers, fax machines, and small peripheral devices) from both retail and commercial customers, and provided recycling services using “reverse logistics” via Staples’ delivery trucks and its existing product distribution network.

PSI concluded that a retail collection model was a viable option to complement and expand the existing eWaste collection infrastructure, although retailers may conclude that nominal user fees would need to be charged to consumers to offset the collection and recycling costs. Generally, high transportation costs are one of the barriers for providing cost-efficient eCycling services.

The pilots collected and recycled a total of fifty-seven tons of eWaste during several months in mid-2004. In one program, Staples collected electronic equipment from retail customers at 27 Staples retail stores in five states (Maine [10 stores], Mass. [8 stores], N.H. [5 stores], Conn. [3 stores] and R.I. [1 store]) over a six-week period. In a second program, Staples collected electronic equipment from fourteen existing commercial customers in three states (Mass., Maine and N.H.) who typically receive direct delivery of products at their place of business. This pilot tested the “reverse logistics” transportation model using Staples’ product delivery networks. The collected equipment was back- hauled by delivery carriers, consolidated at distribution and fulfillment centers, and then transported to Envirocycle, an electronics recycler located in Hallstead, Penn.


Michael Scott Publishes Case Study on Applying 40R Regulations to Plymouth’s Cordage Park CommonWealth

Posted June 12, 2007 by

Boston, MA – March 6, 2007 – Michael Scott, partner in the firms Land Use, Permitting and Development practice, together with Lee Hartman, director of planning and development for the town of Plymouth, wrote “Chapter 40R on the Rise: Plymouths Cordage Park is a case study in finding a smart approach to smart growth.” The article was published in the spring 2007 issue of CommonWealth, a quarterly magazine produced by the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC).

Michael was the lead counsel for Cordage Development during negotiations for the 40R district in Plymouth. He recently presented to almost 200 developers, business owners and other stakeholders, on Massachusetts 40R regulations during an Economic Development Tour presented by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. With Nutter’s representation of Cordage Park, South Shore Tri-Town (Southfield) and another 40R project recently approved, Nutter has been involved with some of the most significant smart-growth development projects in the state.

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a leading Boston law firm of more than 150 attorneys, serving a diverse and distinguished clientele across a range of industries and expertise, including global corporations and other public companies, privately held businesses, institutions, families and individuals. For more information, please visit us at www.nutter.com.


Buchanan & Associates Hires Associate Attorney Kate G. Weinstein

Posted June 11, 2007 by

Boston, MA—June 1, 2007—Kate G. Weinstein, Esq. has been hired by Buchanan & Associates, a law office concentrating on environmental and land use matters which require the participation of government agencies or entities to resolve. The firm’s principal, Jamy Buchanan Madeja, Esq. is a Massachusetts lawyer with special expertise in environmental matters, particularly wetlands, “Chapter 91” and waterfront licensing issues.

Buchanan & Associates’ clients range from mid-sized corporations and trade associations to small neighborhood groups and municipal departments. What our clients often have in common is the need to obtain a specific environmental or land use result from their dealings with a government entity (such as a permit or an operating agreement or a change in policy). When Buchanan & Associates represents neighborhood groups or government entities such as municipalities, the common need is often the same, only in the inverse: to achieve a specified result in the dealings with government entities, such as the Department of Environmental Protection, or to reach agreement with development entities. Buchanan & Associates welcomes our new associate Kate Weinstein to our office.

Ms. Weinstein has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Boston University, and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Her prior legal experience includes working for both public and private clients in the areas of public interest environmental law, environmental administrative law, and civil litigation. Ms. Weinstein has dedicated her career to working on environmental issues, and she is excited to be the newest addition to Buchanan & Associates.