Abt Associates to assist EPA efforts to protect water supply from terrorist attack

Under a new $86 million contract, Abt Associates will support the EPA in its efforts to protect the nation's drinking water supply from terrorist attacks. As part of a team of companies led by Computer Sciences Corp., Abt joins CH2M Hill and several smaller companies in providing comprehensive services to the new Water Security Division in EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water...

CAMBRIDGE, MA, Sept. 8, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Under a new $86 million contract from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Abt Associates will support the EPA in its efforts to protect the nation's drinking water supply from terrorist attacks. As part of the contract awarded to a team of companies led by Computer Sciences Corp., Abt Associates will join CH2M Hill and several smaller companies in providing comprehensive services to the new Water Security Division in EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.

"Abt Associates is very happy to be part of this team," said Gerald Stedge, Associate Manager of the Environment, Trade and Agriculture Division. "We are honored to have been chosen to help EPA protect our nation's drinking water resources." Stedge will fill the role of project director for Abt Associates.

The EPA has primary responsibility for protecting the nation's drinking water supply, and this contract represents the first water security contract let by the EPA. Abt Associates' services under the contract will include economic and regulatory analysis, survey development and implementation, information collection request development and human health risk analysis.

Abt Associates, a private, employee-owned company, applies scientific research and technical assistance expertise to a wide range of social, economic and technological policy issues; international development; clinical trials and registries; and complex business problems. Founded in 1965, Abt Associates (www.abtassociates.com) provides services to U.S. federal, state and local governments; foreign governments; international organizations; foundations; and business and industry. Its staff of over 1,000 is located in Cambridge, Mass.; Bethesda, Md.; Chicago; and in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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