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WESTON BEGINS $2 MILLION CONTRACT TO ENVIRONMENTALLY ASSESS PROPOSED NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION SITES

 WESTON BEGINS $2 MILLION CONTRACT TO ENVIRONMENTALLY ASSESS
 PROPOSED NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION SITES
 WEST CHESTER, Pa., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York City School Construction Authority has awarded Roy F. Weston, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTNA) (WESTON)(R) a two-year contract, valued up to $2 million, to conduct thorough environmental assessments of properties proposed for new school construction, it was announced today.
 In addition, WESTON, a nationwide environmental services firm, will provide remediation design and construction management services as needed to ready the sites for subsequent use.
 According to Jill Haimson, project manager at WESTON's Carle Place, Long Island, N.Y., office, on-site screening teams will use state-of- the-art analytic techniques such as portable gas chromatography, X-ray fluorescence and soil-probing equipment to rapidly detect and verify contaminants in the air, soils and groundwater.
 Early Warning Techniques
 "These advanced techniques yield results in real time, giving us an early warning of possible contamination," Haimson said. "So, we can immediately determine all the relevant site selection, construction and design criteria; then, get right to the business of cleaning up the site and turn it over for safe and productive use."
 The New York City School Construction Authority has identified several potential sites throughout the metropolitan area for initial investigation. Many of the most readily available properties, according to the Authority, were previously used for industrial or commercial purposes.
 "These could be former manufacturing sites, gas stations and auto- related businesses, or other commercial facilities such as dry cleaners and warehouses that could have used or stored regulated substances," Haimson said.
 Environmental and Economic Sense
 "Working closely with the Authority, our goal is to combine project tasks to reduce time and costs," she said. "For example, instead of conducting a site investigation as a separate and discrete task, it makes environmental and economic sense to simultaneously remediate any hazards such as removing leaking underground storage tanks and any surrounding affected soils."
 Haimson said the site assessment and remediation activities will comply with all city, state and federal regulations and support the Authority's aggressive development plan for new public school facilities.
 On site, WESTON will use state-of-the-art gas chromatography of soils and groundwater to screen for benzene, toluene and other petroleum products; as well as X-ray fluorescence screening technology for detecting inorganic compounds such as lead, cadmium and chromium. In addition, the soil-probing technique rapidly collects groundwater, soil and soil gas samples at depths up to 60 feet without the need to construct costly monitoring wells.
 WESTON is a full-service environmental engineering, design and consulting firm providing nationwide analytical services, consulting and engineering, remediation, facility construction and operations, technical information management and major program services. The company is headquartered in West Chester, Pa., and operates a national network of 45 offices including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Boston, Atlanta and Washington.
 WESTON's Carle Place operations are part of the company's Eastern Design Group. Local WESTON people specialize in mechanical design, landfill engineering, hydrogeology, plus asbestos and hazardous wastes assessment and remediation.
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 /CONTACT: Michael E. Herron of Roy F. Weston Inc., 215-344-3442/
 (WSTN) CO: Roy F. Weston, Inc.; New York City School Construction Authority ST: New York, Pennsylvania IN: CST SU: CON


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