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Veolia Environment (NYSE: VE) is a large French utility company that owns the world’s largest water company, Veolia Water. The company also owns Veolia Transport, which supplies Europe with bus and rail transportation. What attracts me to the company is its exposure to emerging countries such as China and Russia. VE does business in over half of the provinces in China and is the leader in updating the country’s old and non-existent water infrastructure.
Veolia Water North America’s client base extends the range of both municipal and industrial spectrums. We serve more than 600 communities and 115 industrial facilities. From big and small communities, like Indianapolis to Karnes City, Texas, to Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, Veolia Water North America offers quality service at considerable savings.
Veolia Water designed, built and now operates what is the regional water authority's largest treatment facility and among the world's most technologically sophisticated, having led a team of companies first selected in 2000. This new project will make Tampa Bay treatment facility the nation's largest DBO project, alongside Seattle Public Utilities' 120-MGD Tolt Treatment Facility.
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Multiple Districts)
U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
U.S. General Services Administration
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of the Interior - National Parks Service
U.S. Department of Commerce
Over the past two decades, Veolia Water companies have worked with various agencies of the federal government in delivering services under task order, indefinite quantity/indefinite delivery, and other types of long-term management and operations type of contracts.
Or think about VX nerve gas, Iraq claims it made and later destroyed 3.9 tons of the lethal material. “But the problem for us is we cannot quantify how much was actually dumped there,” says Buchanan. “And yes, it is possible to calculate that Iraq had the capability to at least have made much more than 3.9 tons.”
VX (O-ethyl-S-[2(diisopropylamino)ethyl] methylphosphonothiolate) is an extremely toxic substance whose sole application is as a nerve agent. As a chemical weapon, it is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations in UN Resolution 687. Production and stockpiling of VX was outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993.
The US later started the destruction of its stockpiles of the nerve agents (by incineration at Johnston Island in the North Pacific), as mandated by the US accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Earlier, pre-treaty disposal included the US Army's CHASE (Cut Holes And Sink 'Em) program, in which old ships were filled with chemical weapons stockpiles and then scuttled. CHASE 8 was conducted on June 15, 1967, in which the S.S. Cpl. Eric G. Gibson was filled with 7,380 VX rockets and scuttled in 7,200 feet of water, off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The US is also destroying chemical weapons stockpiles containing VX in nine other locations, one of which is in Russia
On June 12, 2005, it was reported that more than 250,000 US gallons (950 m³) of the chemical weapon are stored at the Newport Chemical Depot in Newport, Indiana, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Port Arthur News
By Ashley Sanders
The News Staff Writer
A judge Friday denied a request to block truck shipments of nerve agent waste from traveling from Indiana to Veolia’s Port Arthur incinerator.
The federal judge says environmental groups, including Port Arthur's Community In-Power and Development Association (CIDA), failed to make their case that the Army did not take into full account the risks involved in moving the neutralized VX nerve agent waste.
But then there is Henri Proglio, the head of Veolia. Proglio was a longtime supporter of Jacques Chirac and a financier of the UMP, but in 2006 he went over to Sarkozy. His company, Veolia, is a world leader in water supply, waste treatment, and environmental management
The government is investing 10s of billions of RMB as we speak to clean up the major rivers and tributaries. I have friends and a cousin who works as environmental engineers for the government and private firms in several provinces. A MASSIVE and SYSTEMATIC effort is already underway. This is a major problem, however, in light to the dire predictions of Nan, I would like to point out the following:
And much of that money is wasted. The MASSIVE and SYSTEMIC effort is hampered by incompetence and greed and I'll point to water treatment plants on the Yangtze between Chongqing and Maoping (the town just above the Three Gorges Dam). All water plants in China are mandated to run at a profit, whether it is a Veolia operation or a state owned one. The state owned operations are the worst, outside of urban areas, most of these plants simply shut down and allow the water to flow untreated into the rivers while the staff is paid their salary as hush money. I'll use the big, fancy Veolia plant in Shanghai as an example of the private industry's problems there. The water is so polluted, that the Veolia plant can turn out clear water but it is still undrinkable, often with a yellow color. Hundreds of millions of RMB is being spent to upgrade the Veolia plant and the Shanghai state owned plants because they can't keep up with the high concentrations of pathogens, organic and inorganic pollutants. In fact, the rivers are causing quantifiable damage to the plants' infrastructure.