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Varney Awarded EPA's Ira Leighton Award

Bedford, NH — Each year at an awards ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA, the US EPA New England regional office recognizes individuals and groups in New England who have worked to protect and improve the regions environment in distinct ways. One of the most prestigious and unique awards is named after the late Ira Leighton, former Deputy Regional Administrator of EPA New England. The Ira Leighton "In Service to States" Environmental Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant strides in facilitating state and federal partnership through innovative, sustainable solutions addressing critical environmental challenges while actively demonstrating conviction and leadership in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable practices. The award is based on a nomination jointly submitted by three interstate organizations: the NE Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC); the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM); and the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA), in coordination and consultation with the NE State environmental commissioners.
The 2016 Ira Leighton "In Service to States" award was presented to Bob Varney, President of Normandeau Associates, Inc. by EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spaulding, Deputy Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro, and New Hampshire DES Commissioner Thomas Burack, who cited many of Bob's accomplishments and leadership with issues such as climate change, energy efficiency, integration of energy and environmental programs, clear air, clean water, safe drinking water, and environmental justice.
Bob Varney, Deborah Szaro & Curt Spaulding.
Photo Credit US EPA. L to R: Thomas Burack, NHDES Commissioner; Robert Varney, President, Normandeau Associates, Inc.; Deborah Szaro, Deputy Regional Administrator; Curt Spaulding, EPA Regional Administrator.

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Normandeau Associates, Inc. is one of the largest science-based environmental consulting firms in the United States serving both the private and public sectors. Founded in 1970, it is a trusted leader in delivering sound, innovative scientific solutions to a global clientele. Normandeau's extensive team of experienced field scientists, analysts, researchers, and permitting specialists delivers technically credible information to help achieve project goals, meets regulatory requirements, and promotes sustainable economic development while protecting and restoring natural resources. Headquartered in Bedford, New Hampshire with offices nationwide, Normandeau is 100% owned by its employees. For more information please contact Normandeau at (603) 472-5191 or visit

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