Statement Regarding OPCW Project

The employees of Veolia Environnement North America are proud to have been selected by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to treat and dispose of hazardous materials associated with the Syrian Chemical Weapons Elimination Program. The materials that Veolia will destroy are not chemical weapons nor are they materials embedded in actual chemical weapons. They are standard commercial industrial chemicals that were earmarked for use for the Syrian program, stored in bulk and never used.

The citizens of Port Arthur and Southeast Texas should know that the materials being destroyed are standard commercial industrial chemicals transported and widely used across the United States every day. The chemicals are also consistent with the industrial materials we manage each day.

Veolia manages hazardous and toxic wastes for our governmental and industrial clients with great care and proven technical, operational and management processes. For Veolia employees, this is business as usual and we are proud to have a role in this important international security program.

As the world's largest environmental company, we are committed to protecting the planet's natural resources for future generations. Ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of our employees and the public is our highest priority, and guaranteeing environmental compliance and sustainable solutions is core to our values.

For more information on the OPCW program, please visit the links below:

Press Contacts:

Scott Edwards, Veolia North America
Tel: +1 312 552 2818

Denisse Ike, Veolia North America
Tel: +1 312 552 2882