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September 13, 2007

American Ecology’s Washington subsidiary receives state safety recognition

TUMWATER — American Ecology Corporation’s [NASDAQ: ECOL] subsidiary, Hanford-based US Ecology Washington, has been designated by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR company for its exceptional safety record and training programs.

Achieving STAR status requires management commitment, employee participation, an ongoing safety and health program, and successfully passing an L&I audit and extensive onsite review. The STAR designation is the state’s highest level of safety recognition.

In announcing US Ecology Washington’s designation as a STAR site, Gov. Chris Gregoire said, “I commend your safety and health program for its demonstrated effectiveness.  As a result of your leadership, commitment, and employee and contractor involvement, US Ecology Washington is a model of safety and health excellence.”

L&I Director Judy Schurke, in approving US Ecology’s STAR-level status, added that

“US Ecology’s Washington partnership with us on improving safety and health is appreciated.” She said the site is a showcase for the VPP principles of building exemplary safety and health programs through cooperation, management's commitment, and employee involvement.

American Ecology, based in Boise, Idaho, provides radioactive, PCB, hazardous and non-hazardous waste services to refineries and chemical-production facilities, manufacturers, electric utilities, steel mills, medical and academic institutions and government customers throughout the United States. American Ecology is the oldest radioactive and hazardous-waste services company in the U.S.

“Safety is a core value at American Ecology,” said Stephen Romano, president and chief executive officer. “We intend to maintain this recognition through a continuing commitment to safety at all levels of our organization.”

Mike Ault, US Ecology Washington facility manager, said US Ecology takes a proactive approach to safety that involves all employees doing their part to make sure that no one gets hurt on the job.

At a ceremony today in Richland, John Geppert, policy and cooperative programs manager with L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, will award US Ecology Washington employees a plaque and flag commemorating their achievement.

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Information: Xenofon Moniodis, L&I, 360-902-6458, orRich O’Hara, American Ecology, 208-331-8400.

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