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SHAW GROUP INC (SGR)

The Shaw Group, Inc. provides consulting, engineering, construction, remediation, and facilities management services to the environmental, infrastructure, and homeland security markets worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Energy and Chemicals (E&C); Maintenance; Environmental and Infrastructure (E&I); and Fabrication, Manufacturing, and Distribution (F&M). The E&C segment provides project-related services, including design, engineering, construction, procurement, technology, and consulting services primarily to the energy and chemical industries. The Maintenance segment performs routine and outage/turnaround maintenance services, including restorative, repair, renovation, modification, and predictive and preventative maintenance services to customers in the energy and chemical industries. The E&I segment offers identification of contaminants in soil, air, and water services; and the subsequent design and execution of remedial solutions. It also provides project and facilities management, and other related services to nonenvironmental construction, watershed restoration, and outsourcing privatization markets. The F&M segment provides integrated piping systems and services for new construction, site expansion, and retrofit projects for energy and chemical plants. The company's customers include multinational industrial corporations, regulated utilities, independent and merchant energy providers, governmental agencies, and equipment manufacturers. It markets its products through sales force and independent contractors. The Shaw Group Inc. has a joint venture with KB Home to build homes in Louisiana. The company was founded in 1987 by Jim Bernhard under the name Shaw Industries, Inc. and changed its name to The Shaw Group Inc. in 1993. The Shaw Group is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


STERICYCLE INC (SRCL)

Stericycle, Inc. operates as a medical waste management company in North America. It offers various services and operations that comprise collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal together with related training and education programs, consulting services, and product sales. In addition, the company provides other services designed to help clients ensure and maintain compliance with OSHA regulations, sharps management services, infection control tracking, and pharmaceutical returns, as well as develops and supplies containers, including its Steri-Tub container, a reusable leak and puncture-resistant container. As of December 31, 2004, Stericycle operated 52 treatment and 103 additional transfer and collection facilities in 40 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Its customers include small medical waste generators, such as outpatient clinics, medical and dental offices, and long-term and subacute care facilities; and large medical waste generators, such as hospitals, blood banks, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.


PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES INC (PESI)

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a waste management company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Industrial Waste Management Services (IWMS), Nuclear Waste Management Services (NWMS), and Consulting Engineering Services (CES). The IWMS segment engages in onsite and off-site treatment, storage, disposal, and processing of various by-products and industrial, hazardous, and nonhazardous wastes, as well as provides emergency response, vacuum services, and marine and industrial maintenance services. The NWMS segment provides treatment, storage, processing, and disposal services, including research, development, and onsite and off-site waste remediation of mixed waste, which consists of hazardous and low-level radioactive materials; and low-level radioactive wastes. The CES segment provides various environmental-related consulting and engineering services to industry and government sectors. These services include oversight management of environmental restoration projects, air and soil sampling, compliance reporting, surface and subsurface water treatment design for removal of pollutants, and various compliance and training activities. The company's customers comprise research institutions, commercial companies, retail companies, public utilities, and governmental agencies nationwide. Perma-Fix Environmental Services was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida.


CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS INC (CWST)

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a solid waste services company, provides collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services to residential, industrial, and commercial customers, primarily in the northeastern United States. It markets recyclable metals, aluminum, plastics, paper, and corrugated cardboard, which have been processed at its facilities, as well as recyclables purchased from third parties. The company also generates and sells electricity under a long-term contract at a waste-to-energy facility, Maine Energy Recovery Company LP. As of June 15, 2005, Casella Waste Systems owned and/or operated 8 Subtitle D landfills; 2 landfills permitted to accept construction and demolition materials; 37 solid waste collection operations; 34 transfer stations; 38 recycling facilities; 1 waste-to-energy facility; and a 50% interest in a joint venture that manufactures, markets, and sells cellulose insulation made from recycled fiber. The company markets its commercial, industrial, and municipal services through its sales representatives. Casella Waste Systems was founded in 1975 and is based in Rutland, Vermont.


REPUBLIC SERVICES INC (RSG)

Republic Services, Inc. operates in the domestic nonhazardous solid waste industry in the United States. It provides environmental services, including solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services. The company provides its services to commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers through 140 collection companies in 22 states. As of December 31, 2004, it owned or operated 96 transfer stations, 58 solid waste landfills, and 35 recycling facilities. The company was incorporated in 1996 and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


WASTE CONNECTIONS INC (WCN)

Waste Connections, Inc., an integrated solid waste services company, provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services to commercial, industrial, and residential customers in secondary markets in the western and southern United States. As of December 31, 2004, it served approximately one million commercial, industrial, and residential customers in 23 states. The company owned or operated a network of 103 solid waste collection operations, 32 transfer stations, 26 recycling operations, 30 municipal solid waste landfills, 3 construction and demolition landfills, and 2 municipal solid waste landfill sites, as of the above date. Its transfer stations receive, compact, and load solid waste onto larger vehicles to be transported to landfills. The company offers municipal, commercial, industrial, and residential customers recycling services for various recyclable materials, including cardboard, office paper, plastic containers, glass bottles, and ferrous and aluminum metals. Waste Connections was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Folsom, California.


WCA WASTE CORPORATION (WCAA)

WCA Waste Corporation provides integrated nonhazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee. The company owns and operates a landfill, construction and demolition, and municipal solid waste landfills. It offers commercial collection services, including front load, rear load, compactor, and commercial hand pick-up; general household garbage, yard waste, white goods, and heavy trash pickup services; and various roll-off, industrial, and compactor services. The company was co-founded by Tom J. Fatjo, Jr. and Jerome M. Kruszka in 2000. WCA Waste Corporation is based in Houston, Texas.


AMERICAN ECOLOGY CORPORATION (ECOL)

American Ecology Corporation (AEC), through its subsidiaries, provides radioactive, hazardous, and industrial waste management services in the United States. The company's disposal facilities accept hazardous and low-level radioactive waste (LLRW), and naturally occurring and accelerator produced radioactive materials. It has hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities in Beatty, Nevada; Grand View, Idaho; and Robstown, Texas, as well as LLRW disposal facility in Richland, Washington. The company also inspects, monitors, and performs corrective measures at its nonoperating disposal facilities. AEC provides services to commercial and government entities, such as nuclear power plants, medical and academic institutions, steel mills, refineries, and chemical production facilities. American Ecology Corporation was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.


ALLIED WASTE INDUSTRIES INC (AW)

Allied Waste Industries, Inc. operates as a nonhazardous solid waste management company in the United States. The company provides waste collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its collection operations include collecting and transporting nonhazardous waste from the point of generation to the site of disposal. The company's recycling collection services include curbside collection of recyclable materials for residential customers, as well as commercial and industrial collection of recyclable materials. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated through a network of 314 collection companies, 165 transfer stations, 166 landfills, and 58 recycling facilities. Allied Waste Industries was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.


CLEAN HARBORS INC (CLHB)

Clean Harbors, Inc. (CHI) engages in the provision of environmental services and operation of nonnuclear hazardous waste treatment facilities in North America. It offers technical, site, and industrial services. The company's technical services include collection, transport, treatment, and disposal of hazardous and nonhazardous wastes; and physical treatment, resource recovery, fuels blending, incineration, landfill disposal, wastewater treatment, lab chemical disposal, and explosives management services. It offers CleanPack services, which include the collection, identification, and categorization; specialized packaging; transportation; and disposal of laboratory chemicals and household hazardous wastes. CHI's site services include confined space entry for tank cleaning, site decontamination, remediation projects, selective demolition, spill cleanup, railcar cleaning, product recovery and transfer, scarifying and media-blasting, and vacuum services, as well as used oil and oil products recycling, and PCB management and disposal. Its industrial services include management of hazardous, nonhazardous, and wet and dry materials; chemical cleaning, hydro blasting, liquid/dry vacuuming, sodium bicarbonate blasting, line cleaning, boiler cleanouts, and steam cleaning of its customers' process equipment and systems; and video inspection, dewatering, and onsite material processing. As of December 31, 2004, CHI operated 48 hazardous waste management properties, which included 5 incineration locations; 9 commercial landfills; 7 wastewater treatment plants; 20 treatment, storage, and disposal facilities; and 7 facilities, which specialized in PCB management. Its principal customers include utility, chemical, petroleum, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, transportation and industrial firms, educational institutions, other environmental service companies, and government agencies. CHI was founded by Alan S. McKim in 1980 and is based in Braintree, Massachusetts.


WASTE MANAGEMENT INC (WMI)

Waste Management, Inc. provides waste and environmental services in North America. The company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, disposal, and landfill services. It also develops, operates, and owns waste-to-energy facilities in the United States. In addition, WMI rents and services portable restroom facilities to municipalities and commercial customers; and provides street and parking lot sweeping services. The company's network includes 429 collection operations, 366 transfer stations, 289 active landfill disposal sites, 17 waste-to-energy plants, 138 recycling plants, and 85 landfill gas projects. Its customers primarily include commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers; other waste management companies; electric utilities; and governmental entities. Waste Management, Inc. was founded in 1894. It was formerly known as USA Waste Services, Inc. and changed its name to Waste Management, Inc. in 1998. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.


WASTE SERVICES INC (WSII)

Waste Services, Inc. (WSI), an integrated solid waste services company, provides collection, transfer, landfill disposal, and recycling services for commercial, industrial, and residential customers in the United States and Canada. The company's services comprise collection services that include commercial and industrial collection, and residential collection services; transfer station services; commercial and residential recycling; and landfill disposal services. As of December 31, 2004, it provided collection services to approximately 87,000 commercial and industrial customers and approximately 5,445,000 residential customers primarily in Florida, Arizona, Texas, and eastern and western Canada. WSI was founded in 1997 and is based in Burlington, Canada.


WASTE INDUSTRIES USA INC (WWIN)

Waste Industries USA, Inc. operates as a vertically integrated solid waste services company. It provides waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services to residential, commercial, and industrial service locations in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. The company operates transfer stations, which receive, compact, and transfer solid waste to large vehicles for transport to landfills. Waste Industries USA also recycles office paper, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum and steel cans, plastic, glass, pallets, and yard waste. In addition, the company operates convenience sites, as well as offers disposal services. As of December 31, 2004, Waste Industries USA operated 34 collection operations, 25 transfer stations, approximately 90 county convenience drop-off centers, 11 recycling facilities, and 10 landfills. The company was founded in 1970 by Lonnie C. Poole, Jr. and is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.


AVALON HOLDINGS CORPORATION (AWX)

Avalon Holdings Corporation provides waste management services and golf and related operations. The waste management services segment offer hazardous and nonhazardous waste brokerage and management services and captive landfill management operations. It serves industrial, commercial, municipal, and governmental customers primarily in selected northeastern and midwestern United States markets. The golf and related operations segment includes the operation and management of two golf courses, dining and banquet facilities, and a travel agency. Avalon Holdings was formed in 1998 and is headquartered in Warren, Ohio.