SAN DIEGO, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy's Southwest Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, has awarded Bechtel the third and latest phase of an expanded multi-million-dollar effort to clean up and remove a variety of hazardous and toxic wastes where present at 50 Navy and Marine Corps installations on the West Coast. Drawing from the more than 100 employees who are working in its San Diego office, Bechtel Environmental, Inc. (BEI) will provide environmental and engineering services for the $150 million Comprehensive Long-Term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) III project. Involved will be the study, field investigation, design, support of remedial action, and community relations for Naval bases, supply depots, test ranges, shipyards, air and weapons stations, and Marine Corps facilities in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. The majority of work will most likely be performed in Bechtel's San Diego office. Since the spring of 1993, Bechtel has been involved in initial efforts to clean up the Navy and Marine Corps bases under earlier phases of the CLEAN program. BEI Vice President and CLEAN Program Manager Jim Moe points out that the assignments have kept a wide skill base of employees busy at the firm's offices in San Diego's First National Bank building downtown. Included have been such workers as geologists, environmental engineers, scientists, community relations representatives, accountants, and administrative and procurement personnel. "We're pleased that we have been able to tap into the resources available in the San Diego market to supply our employment needs," said Moe. "The end result is that we have been able to employ a significant number of people who are now spending their earnings locally and contributing to San Diego's economy." Moe said that Bechtel also is working on a $300 million contract for the cleanup of hazardous wastes at Navy installations in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and has been selected to perform full-service remediation at four U.S. Air Force bases in California, New Hampshire, Maine, and Michigan. "Our management systems and technical capabilities, developed on major nationwide site cleanup programs for a variety of federal agencies in the past, will be applied to our work on CLEAN III," he said. "We are eager to apply our skills and experience to this new and challenging assignment." The Bechtel organization, with worldwide headquarters in San Francisco, has more than 30 years of environmental engineering and construction experience in support of a number of business sectors, including advanced systems, defense and space, petroleum, chemical, mining and metals, power, and infrastructure. Engineering News-Record magazine has ranked Bechtel as the No. 1 hazardous waste contractor among U.S. engineering/construction firms for 1996 and 1997.