Four years in the making - a two-year permitting process followed by a two-year build - the expansion was formally unveiled to state and local officials, along with business leaders. It is the largest single capital infusion to a facility in the 36-year history of Clean Harbors, the leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services in North America.The facility specializes in high-temperature incineration of regulated waste materials - such as industrial and laboratory chemicals, manufacturing byproducts, medical waste, fertilizers and other solid and liquid materials - that would otherwise be hazardous to the environment and public health if not properly managed. Destruction in high-temperature incinerators has been determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after extensive review, to be the Best Demonstrated Available Technology (BDAT) for safely and effectively destroying hazardous waste compounds. "This is truly a cutting-edge facility that will continue to protect the environment and future generations for decades to come," said McKim. "As the continent's industry leader in the destruction of hazardous materials, we couldn't have envisioned a better facility. This is everything we hoped for and more." With the expansion, Clean Harbors El Dorado will employ 375 people, including engineers, maintenance mechanics, welders, pipe fitters, hydraulics operators, drivers and industrial service technicians. Recognized as one of the safest jobsites in the industry, the facility employs a team of highly talented and trained individuals who are committed to the protection of health and the environment within the workplace and throughout the El Dorado community. Clean Harbors El Dorado has been re-certified for four consecutive years as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site, the U.S. Department of Labor's highest certification level. In February, the facility surpassed 1 million hours without a lost time workplace injury - a streak of top safety performance that continues today. "Safety has always been our top priority as a company and will remain our top priority here in El Dorado as we gain even greater capacity with this expansion," said Dan Roblee, the facility's general manager.
About Clean HarborsClean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) is North America's leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services. The Company serves a diverse customer base, including a majority of the Fortune 500, across the chemical, energy, manufacturing and additional markets, as well as numerous government agencies. These customers rely on Clean Harbors to deliver a broad range of services such as end-to-end hazardous waste management, emergency spill response, industrial cleaning and maintenance, and recycling services. Through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, Clean Harbors also is North America's largest re-refiner and recycler of used oil and a leading provider of parts washers and environmental services to commercial, industrial and automotive customers. Founded in 1980 and based in Massachusetts, Clean Harbors operates throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.cleanharbors.com.