Veolia Environmental Services Achieves OSHA VPP Star Status

LOMBARD, Ill. (May 5, 2010)
Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C., the hazardous waste subsidiary of Veolia Environmental Services North America, is pleased to announce that its York, Pa. facility has been accepted into OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). At a March 25th ceremony, OSHA recognized the company for its outstanding efforts in achieving exemplary occupational safety and health compliance. The York facility joins the VPP at the Star Award level, the highest level granted.

The York facility is the eighth Veolia ES Technical Solutions facility to receive the VPP Star Status, said John Dyer, Environmental Health & Safety Manager at Veolia ES Technical Solutions. This great accomplishment illustrates our ongoing commitment to health and safety programs at our facilities and shows that safety is of the utmost importance to Veolia.

The qualification process included a comprehensive audit of the facility’s safety, health, training and operational programs; in depth employee interviews about their understanding of the company’s safety programs; and detail on how the company conducts business. We would not have been able to achieve the VPP star status without the involvement and dedication of our employees, said Bob Rath, general manager, Mid Atlantic district, Veolia ES Technical Solutions.  We constantly strive to assure a safe work environment for all of our company operated facilities.  This achievement is a demonstration of that commitment.

OSHA and Veolia ES Technical Solutions believe continuous improvement of safety and health programs are the best way to prevent occupational illnesses and injuries.  The VPP was created in 1982 to encourage industry-related facilities to strive for safety excellence.  VPP sites have shown that their commitment to employee protection extends beyond the OSHA standards. Companies who achieve the VPP Star Award display injury and illness rates at or below the national average of their competitors.

The Veolia ES Technical Solutions York facility is a combination 10 day in-transit facility for containerized chemical and hazardous wastes as well as a sales and service center for the Mid-Atlantic Branch. The York operation provides customers with a complete range of technical services including laboratory, drum and bulk waste management along with a variety of special services including remediation, reactive chemical, low level radioactive, in-plant, and training services.

Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp., provides a complete range of services for industrial and municipal customers needing to dispose of hazardous and regulated waste. Veolia ES Technical Solutions has 46 sales, service and treatment and disposal facilities conveniently located throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Capabilities include labor services on customers sites, permitted and secure incineration, fuels blending, recycling of solvents and acids, lighting and electronic waste recycling, and low-level radioactive and mixed waste solutions. The company has 15 permitted Treatment Storage Disposal Facilities and 36 10-day in transit locations.

Based in Chicago, Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. is the leading provider of fully integrated waste, environmental and industrial cleaning solutions to residential, municipal, commercial and industrial customers across the US, Canada and the Caribbean.  The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.

The Veolia Environmental Services group is the largest waste services company in the world and the only global manager of liquid, solid, non-hazardous and hazardous waste; on-site waste processing; industrial cleaning and process maintenance; and recycling, recovery and disposal for both the public and private sectors. Its parent company,