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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 588-96
October 15, 1996

SECOND ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION/SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS NAMED

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Sherri W. Goodman, and Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Director, Robert L. Neal Jr., presented awards today to four firms for their outstanding performance records in the DoD's environmental cleanup program.

The small businesses honored were: Omega Environmental Services, Inc. of Tucker, Ga. and PEER Consultants, Inc., of Rockville, Md. OHM Remediation Services Corporation of Findlay, Ohio, was the recipient of a new award added this year to recognize a prime contractor who has provided ample opportunities for small businesses and women owned businesses in environmental restoration for DoD. The award winners were recognized with a plaque at the HazWaste World Superfund XVII conference in Washington, D.C.

Small businesses have played a significant role in DoD's environmental cleanup program because of the expertise small firms provide to the many challenges associated with restoration work. Participation in DoD wide programs from small businesses have continued to rise since 1987. In FY95, small businesses, small disadvantages businesses, and women-owned businesses received $25.3 billion or 23% of all DoD contracts.

The Department is responsible for the management of hundreds of military installations and other defense sites throughout the United States and overseas. In 1984, Congress established the Defense Environmental Restoration Account to fund DoD cleanups on active bases.

Visit the DoD Environmental Restoration/Small Business Link home page on the World Wide Web at: http://www.dtic.mil/envirodod/derpreport96/vol1/fact2.html