AECOM to study VOC and Photochemical Ozone Pollutants in Pearl River Delta Region

    Environmental Practice awarded high-profile, 30-month contract by Hong
Kong Environmental Protection Department

    LOS ANGELES, October 9 /CNW/ - AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE:   ACM),
a leading provider of professional technical and management support services
for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that
it has been awarded a high-profile, 30-month contract by the Hong Kong
Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to study volatile organic compounds
(VOC) and photochemical ozone pollution in the Pearl River Delta (PRD).

    A VOC is any organic compound which evaporates readily to the atmosphere
and is a significant contributor to the production of photochemical smog and
certain health problems. Major Pearl River Delta cities like Hong Kong,
Guangzhou and Shenzhen have been experiencing increasing photochemical smog
since the mid-1990s as a result of rapid economic development - a problem that
the Hong Kong EPD has taken very seriously.

    According to the EPD, "AECOM will collect VOC samples in various
locations within the region, so as to study the spatial distribution of these
air pollutants and to carry out grid research and mathematical simulation
analysis, through which the formation mechanism of regional photochemical smog
could be evaluated. Technically feasible measures for alleviating the regional
smog problem will also be examined."

    "This is a challenging study as it involves the simultaneous collection
of VOC samples at 100 locations over a 200-kilometer-by-200-kilometer area,
and it is the first comprehensive study of its kind," stated Mike Chan,
managing director of AECOM's ENSR Asia organization. "We are delighted to have
been chosen to lead this pioneering study to understand the role of VOC in the
formation of photochemical smog and to contribute to making the Pearl River
Delta a better place in which to live and work."

    AECOM will be supported by the Environmental Protection Monitoring Center
(Guangdong Province), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Peking University, and University of
California, Irvine.

    Both the Guangdong and Hong Kong governments have been committed to
improving air quality in the PRD region and have reaffirmed the determination
to achieve the emissions-reduction targets by 2010. Both sides agree that, in
order to improve the regional air quality in the long run, continued efforts
are required to study regional air pollution issues scientifically and look
into appropriate pollution-control strategies.

    AECOM was involved in first the Pearl River Delta Air Quality Study in
the 1990s that examined regional air pollution. In addition, AECOM has been
serving EPD for the past decade in numerous air quality studies, including the
operations and maintenance of their ambient air quality and air toxin
monitoring stations and network, and the collection and analysis of VOC

    About AECOM

    AECOM (NYSE:   ACM) is a global provider of professional technical and
management support services to a broad range of markets, including
transportation, facilities, environmental and energy. With more than 31,000
employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that
it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation
and technical excellence in delivering solutions that enhance and sustain the
world's built, natural and social environments. AECOM serves clients in more
than 60 countries and had revenue of more than $4 billion for the 12-month
period ended June 30, 2007. More information on AECOM and its services can be
found at

    NR 07-1001

For further information:

For further information: AECOM Technology Corporation Paul Gennaro,
212-973-3167 SVP & Chief Communications Officer

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