WaterBriefs: Teledyne acquires RD Instruments, sells Swift line to Dionex

Also in this report: URS to buy China-based engineering firm; Blackfoot Challenge lauded at conservation conference; Chemilizer speaks at Fla. well driller event; Ga. utility turns to Top Layer's intrusion prevention solution to protect network; Dallas law firm reports $15.5M toxic injury verdict against DuPont in Mississippi; EBI Consulting hires two senior program directors; Leak stopped from PPL's Martins Creek Power Plant ash basin; Douglass joins Datamatic as VP of water division...

In other news below, see:
-- URS to buy China-based engineering firm
-- White House lauds Blackfoot Challenge at national conservation conference
-- Chemilizer speaks at Well Driller Association of North Central Florida event
-- Ga. utility turns to Top Layer's intrusion prevention solution to protect network
-- Dallas law firm reports $15.5M toxic injury verdict against DuPont in Mississippi
-- EBI Consulting hires two senior program directors
-- Leak stopped from PPL's Martins Creek Power Plant ash basin
-- Douglass joins Datamatic as vice president of water division

Teledyne acquires RD Instruments, sells Swift line to Dionex
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29, 2005 -- Teledyne Technologies Inc. subsidiary, Teledyne Investment Inc. has completed its acquisition of RD Instruments Inc. for about $37 million. RD Instruments (RDI) designs and manufactures state-of-the-art acoustic Doppler instrumentation. Located in San Diego, Calif., the business will operate as Teledyne RD Instruments Inc. Teledyne funded the acquisition primarily from borrowings under its $280 million credit facility arranged with a syndicate of banks. RD Instruments had sales of about $29.0 million for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2004...
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URS to buy China-based engineering firm
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 29, 2005 -- URS Corp. has acquired Austin Ausino Engineering Co. Ltd., a privately held provider of program management and construction management services to multinational clients entering the China market. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction will enhance the company's existing resources in China, allowing URS to better serve its multinational clients investing in that market. In addition, Austin Ausino's technical capabilities in the area of program and construction management will augment URS' existing local capabilities, which are primarily focused on environmental engineering...
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White House lauds Blackfoot Challenge at national conservation conference
HELENA, MT, Aug. 29, 2005 -- The Blackfoot Challenge presents its story and touts its partnerships at a White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation in St. Louis. The challenge, a collaborative organization that coordinates conservation efforts in western Montana's Blackfoot watershed, was selected as an outstanding example of successful conservation partnerships to be showcased at the Aug. 29-31 event...
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Chemilizer speaks at Well Driller Association of North Central Florida event
LARGO, FL Aug. 29, 2005 -- Tom Coffey, a Chemilizer's water treatment specialist, stirred the imagination while creating a surge of Chemilizer product excitement during his recent talk to 34 members of The Well Driller Association of North Central Florida. During the meeting held in Ocala, Fla., Coffey demonstrated how Chemilizer's CP33 Series can be an invaluable tool for all well drillers, specifically for cleaning and disinfecting of potable water for human and livestock consumption...
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Ga. utility turns to Top Layer's intrusion prevention solution to protect network
WESTBOROUGH, MA, Aug. 29, 2005 -- Top Layer Networks, a developer of high performance intrusion prevention solutions, announced that Dalton Utilities, a regional energy and telecommunications services company in Georgia, deployed Top Layer's Attack Mitigator IPS 5500. The Dalton, Ga., utility is using the IPS 5500 to protect its internal corporate and customer-facing public networks from today's sophisticated cyber threats, saving Dalton significant resources previously committed to threat mitigation while ensuring compliance with various industry standards...
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Dallas law firm reports $15.5M toxic injury verdict against DuPont in Mississippi
LAUREL, MS, Aug. 29, 2005 -- The Dallas law firm of Baron & Budd P.C. has announced a jury verdict of $15.5 million handed down by a Laurel, Miss., jury on behalf of a man who contracted cancer after being exposed to toxic chemicals released from a chemical manufacturing plant operated by E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. This was the first trial in a series of lawsuits filed on behalf of more than 2,000 local residents who were injured by emissions from the same plant...
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EBI Consulting hires two senior program directors
BURLINGTON, MA, Aug. 29, 2005 -- Philip Kuszpa and George Lipka, P.E., have joined EBI Consulting, a national environmental, engineering, and health and safety consulting firm, as senior program directors in EBI's Environmental Health & Safety Services Group. In his new role, Kuszpa is involved in environmental engineering and permitting and air quality compliance of industrial, cogeneration, and power projects at EBI Consulting. Lipka is now responsible for project management of major multi-disciplinary permitting efforts, environmental engineering and conceptual design studies, industrial permitting activities, technical and modeling studies, and coordination of field testing programs...
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Leak stopped from PPL's Martins Creek Power Plant ash basin
ALLENTOWN, Pa., Aug. 29, 2005 -- Workers stopped the flow of water and ash from a leak in an ash basin that began Tuesday at PPL's Martins Creek power plant in Lower Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pa. The leak was plugged at about 1 a.m. Saturday, said Tom Eppehimer, the power plant's manager. Workers placed an inflatable rubber seal in the discharge pipe that carries water from the basin to the nearby Delaware River. By inflating that seal they were able to stop the leak. Efforts throughout the day Friday to slow the flow of water by placing sandbags and metal plates in the discharge structure enabled workers to use the inflatable seal successfully...
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Douglass joins Datamatic as vice president of water division
PLANO, TX, Aug. 29, 2005 -- Veteran sales executive George W. Douglass III has joined Datamatic Ltd. as vice president of its Water Division, the company announced Friday. In his new role, Douglass oversees all sales activities for the company's water utilities group. Texas-based Datamatic has been a leading supplier of enterprise meter reading solutions for water, gas and electric utilities since 1977...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see:
-- "WaterBriefs: President Bush to nominate Georgia native to serve as RUS chief" -- Also in this report (Aug. 26, 2005): Mexico stresses local approaches for 4th World Water Forum; Parsons appoints Grim to head engineering group; WK Dickson promotes Tate to vice president; 50 million gallons leaks from PPL's Martins Creek ash basin, flow greatly reduced overnight; World Bank approves US$57.6M for sustainable development in Brasilia...

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