ChemRisk merges with Cardno---adds international platform for cutting-edge risk assessment consulting services

  ChemRisk merges with Cardno---adds international platform for cutting-edge
                     risk assessment consulting services

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ChemRisk LLC, an internationally
recognized risk assessment consulting firm, has merged with Cardno, a
professional infrastructure and environmental services company with expertise
in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for
communities around the world.


Dennis Paustenbach, President of ChemRisk, remarked, "ChemRisk's principal
focus is the impact of chemicals on human health and the environment. With a
team of almost 100, we specialize in understanding the hazards posed by
chemicals in foods, soil, sediment, air, water, and medical devices. A
partnership with Cardno, with over 7,500 multi-disciplinary employees working
from over 270 offices worldwide, provides significant opportunities to expand
our services to existing Cardno clients, as well as significant opportunities
for our staff to grow in their careers."

With the addition of ChemRisk, Cardno expands its portfolio of consulting
services in occupational health and safety, product sustainability, consumer
product safety, and contaminated site evaluations. ChemRisk staff members have
diverse backgrounds in areas such as toxicology, industrial hygiene,
epidemiology, ecotoxicology, environmental sciences, medicine, statistical
analysis, and risk assessment.

In the U.S., Cardno has a strong environmental platform including operations
through Cardno ENTRIX, which specializes in environmental and natural resource
management consulting. "ChemRisk complements our existing product safety
practice and aligns well with our focus on the natural environment," stated
Todd Williams, President of Cardno ENTRIX. "We operate in a very unique space
where our scientists and other multi-disciplinary specialists often bring
opposing views to a topic and work together to help clients determine the best
approach to meet their infrastructure needs while considering human health and
environment impacts. We see the expertise that ChemRisk provides as critical
to our success in a number of emerging markets."

When asked about the newest addition to the American operations of Cardno,
President of Cardno USA, Paul Gardiner, remarked, "ChemRisk is a strategic
addition to enable Cardno to focus on what we see as a trend that is here to
stay – managing the human health and environmental risks of product
development and/or projects to deliver truly sustainable solutions."

A strong example of what ChemRisk provides in this arena is represented in
their paper Natural Gas Extraction Using Hydraulic Fracturing – Creating a
Sustainable Path Forward. This type of  focus on evaluating new technologies
while considering the environment is complementary to Cardno's infrastructure
practice. Gardiner continued, "Their services enable us to help clients assess
projects holistically and across multiple viewpoints, as well as to deliver
integrated solutions. We are very pleased to welcome ChemRisk to Cardno and
anticipate our shared philosophies of focusing on growth, providing responsive
client service, developing innovative solutions in new markets and employing
great people will help us thrive together."

Following Cardno's normal strategy, ChemRisk's key management will become
Cardno shareholders and remain active leaders in the company.

For further information:

About ChemRisk: ChemRisk® LLC is a scientific consulting firm committed to
helping clients around the globe improve the health and safety of their
products, operations, workers, the public and the environment. ChemRisk is
focused on providing clients with innovative, sustainable solutions to current
and emerging issues that not only drive progress, but also protect human
health and the environment. More information about ChemRisk is available at

About Cardno: Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental
services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of
physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno's
team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver
sustainable projects and community programs. Ranked at #30 on Engineering News
Record's 2012 Top 500 Design Firms List, Cardno provides clients with access
to more than 7,500 professionals in over 270 locations focusing on delivering
tailored solutions to address social, physical and economic business needs.

Founded in 1945 in Brisbane, Australia, Cardno is an international company
listed on the Australian Securities Exchange [ASX: CDD]. To learn more, visit

Mr. Dennis Paustenbach, PhD, CIH, DABT Mr. Paul Gardiner

President                              President

ChemRisk LLC                           Cardno USA

Ph: 415.618.3201                       Ph: 503.734.1801


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