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E&E expects Katrina contract

Ecology & Environment expects to be hired by the state of Louisiana to develop a system to manage donated goods for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Lancaster-based environmental consulting company said.

The contract, which is expected to be worth $3 million to $3.5 million, would call for E&E to develop a system similar to the one that the New York City Office of Emergency Management used after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

E&E also said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hire the company to help in its emergency response efforts in the area damaged by the hurricane.

While E&E officials said the details of that work have not been developed yet, the EPA has indicated that it could need as many as 40 workers from E&E for a six-month period.

The E&E workers would help with collecting, managing and disposing of hazardous waste in the area hit by the hurricane and also assist with the recovery of individual drums of material that may have been displaced by the storm.

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