SOURCE: American Ecology Corporation

March 15, 2007 17:29 ET

American Ecology Idaho Subsidiary to Receive OSHA Safety Recognition

GRAND VIEW, ID -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 -- American Ecology Corporation (NASDAQ: ECOL) today announced that its subsidiary, US Ecology Idaho, has been designated by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) "Star" company for its exceptional safety record and training programs. The "Star" designation is OSHA's highest level of safety recognition.

At a ceremony tomorrow at the company's Grand View hazardous waste facility, OSHA Regional Administrator Richard Terrill will award US Ecology Idaho employees a banner, plaque and Voluntary Protection Program flag commemorating their achievement.

In announcing US Ecology Idaho's designation as a "Star" site, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. (Assistant Secretary for Occupational Health and Safety) said, "You join an elite group of facilities that provide exemplary safety and health protection. Designation as a VPP Star participant is a testament to sustained excellence in all areas of your safety and health management system. Please accept my hearty congratulations on this noteworthy achievement."

"Safety is a core value at American Ecology," Stephen Romano, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, adding, "We intend to maintain this recognition through a continuing commitment to safety at all levels of our organization."

"US Ecology takes a proactive approach to safety that involves each employee doing his or her part to make sure that no one gets hurt on the job," concluded American Ecology Health and Safety Director Terry Geis.

US Ecology Idaho was initially recognized by OSHA in 2004 for exceptional safety practices under the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. American Ecology's Texas facility achieved Star status in 2006. Additional information on OSHA's VPP program can be found at: http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/vpp/index.html.

American Ecology Corporation, based in Boise, Idaho, provides radioactive, PCB, hazardous and non-hazardous waste services to refineries and chemical production facilities, manufacturers, electric utilities, steel mills, medical and academic institutions and government customers throughout the United States. American Ecology is the oldest radioactive and hazardous waste services Company in the United States.

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