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CH2M HILL TO TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN NEWLY INDEPENDENT STATES

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Friday that it has chosen an environmental consulting team led by CH2M HILL to assist 12 Newly Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union in solving their mounting environmental crisis. CH2M HILL will lead a consortium of 12 U.S. and two NIS organizations.
 The USAID Environmental Policy and Technology (EPT) project focuses on providing technical assistance for environmental improvements in an area where environmental devastation and dangers to public health are widespread. The EPT project is a significant opportunity to improve the global environment as well as the economic, technological and trade relationships between the United States and the NIS.
 Ralph Peterson, chief executive officer of CH2M HILL COMPANIES LTD., said, "The NIS face a unique combination of problems, which require a different approach in the integration of technology, policy, institutional development and economics, and in practical application to privatized projects. We applaud USAID for taking this fresh approach."
 The EPT project is a major component of the U.S. foreign assistance program to the NIS in the post-Soviet era.
 The project focuses on three major tasks:
 -- To promote environmental policy, institutional and legislative
 reforms that support shifts to free-market economies and
 democratic societies;
 -- To promote growth of NIS' private sector environmental
 management and improving overall environmental quality, while
 expanding markets for U.S. environmental technologies;
 -- To enhance public awareness of environmental issues and
 encourage democratic participation in environmental management
 in the NIS.
 In part, the emphasis that USAID has placed on policy development, regulatory controls and institutional strengthening is to help ensure that sound environmental management is not overlooked as the NIS undergo economic and social restructuring.
 The CH2M HILL team reflects a combination of expertise needed for the multi-faceted project. Howard Schirmer, Jr., president of CH2M HILL International Services Inc., said that the CH2M HILL team of engineers, economists, planners and scientists is practical and results-oriented. "Our people are always willing to lend a hand to do what is needed. We are truly enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute our talents to the newly emerging democracies, to help them succeed."
 The team includes two NIS organizations: Interfax News Agency and Ecojuris, a group of legal experts. The total CH2M HILL team includes:
 CH2M HILL International Services Inc.
 Interfax News Agency
 Ecojuris
 International Resources Group Ltd.
 Ogden Environmental and Energy Services Co. Inc.
 Price Waterhouse
 Harvard Institute for International Development
 International Programs Consortium Inc.
 ECI Environmental Compliance Inc.
 Consortium for International Development
 Center for International Environmental Law
 World Wildlife Fund Inc.
 Hughes Technical Services Co.
 K&M Engineering Consulting Corp.
 Clark Atlanta University and the Historically Black Colleges and
 Universities and Minority Institutions.
 The central project office of the CH2M HILL team will be in Washington. Additionally, field offices will be located in Moscow, Russia; Kiev, Ukraine; and Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Paustian or Leigh Phipps of CH2M HILL, 303-771-0900/


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