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Beverly Choi
September 5, 2019

ESA Adds Beverly Choi as Northern California Community Planning Program Manager Recognized as one of the California Top 20 Under 40 Professionals by Engineering News Record in 2016, Choi most recently worked for AECOM where she held a variety of leadership roles—from Studio Leader to Senior Project Manager—and worked on a number of high-profile local and international, multi-disciplinary projects. Read More »
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August 16, 2019

ESA’s Autumn Ward Joins Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society Board of Directors Senior Airport Planner, Autumn Ward, based out of ESA’s Tampa office was inducted to the Board of Directors for the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society (TJDAS). Read More »
July 15, 2019

Celebrating 50 Years of Groundbreaking Science, Planning & Design ESA marked its 50th anniversary on July 3. It will celebrate this summer and fall with open houses for clients, project partners and colleagues across its regional offices. Coinciding with the half-century milestone, the firm will also inaugurate a scholarship fund and is unveiling a new website featuring in-depth industry insights and project information. Read More »
April 4, 2019

ESA Welcomes Linda Peters as Principal Associate in Northern California Region Recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in 2018 by the San Francisco Business Times, Peters most recently worked for AECOM where she directed its San Francisco Bay Area Cities Program and held a key role on its Pacific Region Growth Team. Read More »
March 28, 2019

Environmental Science Associates Opens San Jose Office

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental science and planning firm headquartered in San Francisco and with offices on the West and Gulf Coasts, is opening a San Jose office to continue to serve the South Bay region. The multidisciplinary office is situated in walking distance of San Jose’s public transportation hub, Diridon Station, and will be led by John Bourgeois, who recently joined ESA as Restoration and Ecology Program Manager in the Bay Area. 

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February 7, 2019

Environmental Science Associates Welcomes Spencer Mains as Director of Information Technology Based in San Francisco, Mains brings more than two decades of experience directing information technology and knowledge management for major consulting, branding, and merchandise firms, including 16 years with Landor, a global branding firm. Read More »
October 24, 2018

ESA Adds Paul Schlenger to Biological Resources and Land Management Group in Seattle “He is truly a thought leader on key issues affecting our region including climate reliance, restoration, salmon recovery, and strategic planning; and bolsters our ability to tackle challenging environmental problems in a strategic, scientific, and collaborative way.” Read More »
October 19, 2018

Environmental Science Associates Welcomes Charles Smith to Southern California Region In this role, Charles will work across disciplines to provide environmental analysis, natural resources planning, and permitting services for large public works and infrastructure development projects. Read More »
October 1, 2018

ESA Welcomes Eric Haase as Chief Operating Officer Based in San Francisco, Haase brings more than two decades of operational experience across a diverse range of business lines for the building, engineering, and environmental industries. Read More »
September 27, 2018

ESA Strengthens Southeast Region with the Addition of New Biological Resources Director Douglas Skurski “Joining ESA gives me an incredible opportunity to expand my professional development as a multifaceted biologist, collaborating with some of the best scientific consultants in our industry, while contributing to strategic planning and growth of the Southeast region.” Read More »
August 21, 2018

ESA Bolsters Compliance Team with Patrick Tennant and Jon Waggoner Tennant is based in the firm’s Irvine office and Waggoner is located in Sacramento, each bringing extensive experience in managing large-scale compliance programs for high-profile infrastructure projects. Read More »
July 2, 2018

Hillary Gitelman Joins ESA as Bay Area Community Development Director of Environmental Planning “Hillary has a proven track record of managing planning and environmental review processes for highly visible and complex projects in communities across the Bay Area. She is a well-known advocate for sustainable development, and we are thrilled to have her expertise and leadership at ESA.” Read More »
June 21, 2018

ESA Welcomes Adrienne Centano as Director of Communications Centano joins ESA’s corporate management team and builds on the firm’s recent and forthcoming prominent and strategic hires. Read More »
April 22, 2018

Chris Easter Joins ESA as Director of Air Quality and Noise in Northern California This role better positions ESA to respond to the growing need for consulting services in Chris’ areas of specialty, including air quality permitting, climate-sustainability strategy, and environmental management systems and regulatory compliance. Read More »
April 5, 2018

Pam Xander Joins ESA as Principal Planner in Pacific Northwest Region Pam brings more than 30 years of experience in planning, conducting, and preparing environmental studies and has worked with public agencies and private developers on more than 200 small- and large-scale projects requiring State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes. Read More »
February 28, 2018

ESA Builds Team of FAA-Certified Drone Operators

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that the firm has five pilots certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones. The pilots—Russ Burdge, Jonathan Kemp, Julie McNamara, Brian Pittman, and Brendon Quinton—are being dispatched to project sites to conduct real-time site monitoring and reconnaissance, and to collect orthomosaic imagery and high-definition video for clients in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, and Southeast regions.

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June 26, 2017

ESA Expands Oakland Presence in New Office Location

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is relocating their Oakland office to 180 Grand Avenue, Suite 1050, on the edge of Lake Merritt. The move was prompted by the firm’s commitment to meet the needs of its Bay Area clients and to accommodate its growing team of scientists, engineers, planners, and designers in the East Bay.

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June 20, 2017

ESA Expands Northwest Regional Reach into Bend, Oregon
Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is expanding the firm’s reach in the Pacific Northwest with a new office at 2863 NW Crossing Drive, Suite 100, Bend, Oregon. Susan Cunningham, ESA’s Biological Resources Director for Oregon, will be serving as the office director.
 
“We have been partnering with clients in Central Oregon for nearly 13 years,” says Margaret Clancy, ESA’s Pacific Northwest Regional Director. Read More »
April 27, 2017

Scheda Ecological Associates Joins ESA The merger supports ESA’s strategy to deepen technical expertise and meet growing client demands for responsive and high quality environmental services throughout Florida and elsewhere in the Southeast. Read More »
April 27, 2017

Michael Newland Joins ESA as Northern California Cultural Resources Director Mike will be based in ESA’s Petaluma office, leading the region’s Cultural Resources team of expert prehistoric and historical archaeologists, architectural historians, and historians to increase the breadth and depth of ESA’s Cultural Resources practice. Read More »
March 23, 2017

Linda Amato Joins ESA as Northwest Transportation Director “Linda will play an instrumental role in expanding our multifaceted transportation practice, and with her leadership we can better leverage our planning, engineering, and environmental science expertise to serve our transportation clients.” Read More »
February 21, 2017

Christopher Warn Joins ESA’s Southeast Region as Principal Managing Associate Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Christopher Warn has joined ESA as a principal managing associate, with a focus on client service, project management, and business development. Read More »
December 30, 2016

ESA Names Three New Vice Presidents: Terri Avila, Dana McGowan, RPA and Elizabeth Andrews, PE

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to name three new vice presidents: Terri Avila, Community Development Practice Leader; Dana McGowan, RPA, Cultural Resources Practice Leader; and Elizabeth (Betty) Andrews, PE, Senior Program Manager.

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December 1, 2016

Joseph Richards, MBA, PE, CWRE Joins ESA Joe brings more than 20 years of experience in stream restoration design, stormwater management, water supply, hydropower development, water quality investigations, hydraulic design, hydrologic analysis, and project monitoring and construction observation. Read More »
November 11, 2016

Swen Swenson Joins ESA as Corporate Controller Swen brings over 20 years of experience in financial management with professional services. He has experience in all aspects of the financial operations, including resource allocation, monthly reporting, forecasting, collections, accounts receivable, accounts payable and management of the finance department. Read More »
September 16, 2016

Jill Sunahara Joins ESA’s Northern California Team as a Senior Permitting Specialist “With a practical understanding of biological and water resources, she partners with clients to get projects in the ground—from planning and environmental compliance to permitting and monitoring.” Read More »
August 23, 2016

ESA PCR Moves Santa Monica Office

ESA PCR, a premier environmental consulting firm, has moved its Santa Monica office from 201 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 500 to 233 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150, a few blocks away. Nearly 20 environmental planners, CEQA/NEPA specialists, air quality analysts, climate change adaptation planners, historical archaeologists, and cultural resources specialists will occupy the new space.

“This move enables us to continue our 42-year legacy of serving local clients with a team of on-the-ground experts,” said Bobbette Biddulph, Southern California Regional Director.

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June 8, 2016

New “Blue Carbon” Study Supports Tampa Bay Habitat Restoration and Resiliency Planning

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, recently completed a landmark study reinforcing the importance of restoring coastal habitats in Tampa Bay and around the nation to buffer the effects of rising seas and a changing climate.

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June 6, 2016

Dr. Colin Thorne Honored by Royal Geographical Society

ESA’s Senior River Scientist, Dr. Colin Thorne is being honored by the Royal Geographical Society with the prestigious Back Award.

An expert in rivers, Colin has been recognized for his outstanding contribution in helping to shape national and international policy on rivers and flood management.

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June 1, 2016

Chris Sequeira Joins ESA’s Growing Team of Aviation Experts Chris will support our aviation clients nationally in the areas of noise, air quality, land use compatibility, and public outreach from his base in New York City. Read More »
May 11, 2016

ESA Welcomes Albert Cuisinot as Chief Financial Officer “Albert’s impressive track record of maximizing the financial performance of A/E/C companies makes him a great fit for his new role within ESA,” Read More »
April 19, 2016

ESA Combines Irvine Offices

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, has consolidated its Irvine office with recently acquired ESA PCR from 17744 Skypark Circle to 2121 Alton Parkway in Irvine, California.

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April 5, 2016

ESA Announces New President and CEO Leslie Moulton-Post Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Leslie Moulton-Post has been named ESA’s Chief Executive Officer and President effective April 1, 2016. Read More »
March 17, 2016

SF Estuary Partnership Features the Sonoma Creek Marsh Enhancement The Sonoma Creek Marsh Enhancement Project will reduce mosquito production and improve habitat conditions for special status species for roughly 260 acres of centennial marsh located near the mouth of Sonoma Creek and San Pablo Bay in Sonoma County California. Read More »
March 11, 2016

PCR Services Corporation Joins ESA The merger supports ESA’s strategy to deepen our technical expertise and broadens our reach as we continue to meet growing client demands throughout Southern California. Read More »
March 8, 2016

Barbra Calantas Joins ESA’s Southern California Team A leader in the fields of wildlife biology, permit strategy, endangered species act consultation and CEQA/NEPA compliance, Barbra joins our growing Southern California team of more than 20 scientists specializing in biological resources, resources management, wetlands studies, habitat restoration, permitting, and monitoring. Read More »
February 2, 2016

ESA’s Tampa Office Moves To Accommodate Growing Team

ESA's Tampa office has moved to Meridian Three at 4200 West Cypress Street, Suite 450 in Tampa, Florida.

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November 30, 2015

ESA Appoints Leslie Moulton-Post President-Elect Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Leslie Moulton-Post has been appointed ESA’s next Chief Executive Officer and President. Leslie will take over the position from President Gary Oates in the spring of 2016 following a planned transition period. Read More »
November 20, 2015

Terri (Vitar) Avila Named ESA Community Development Practice Leader Terri brings over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and natural resource planning. With a diverse background that includes urban and greenfield development, natural resources management, transportation, and water, she approaches her work from a multi-faceted perspective, demonstrating a unique ability to reconcile the competing demands of development and natural resources management. Read More »
November 20, 2015

Alisa Moore Promoted to Bay Area Water Director “Alisa is integral to the measured growth and success of our water and energy practice, and her career has been focused on the integration of water, energy, and the environment. In this new role, she will continue to collaborate with clients as a trusted strategic advisor to meet the increasing environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.” Read More »
November 18, 2015

Dan Dameron Named ESA’s Northern California Community Development Director Dan brings more 30 years of experience working on large-scale, complex, multidisciplinary planning and development projects. His leadership and expertise has been integral to growing ESA’s community development practice and advancing our community and environmental planning work. Read More »
November 17, 2015

Pier E3 of Old Bay Bridge Detonated Saturday

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, participated in Saturday’s carefully executed implosion of Pier E3, the largest of the piers on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s Old East Span. Pier E3 contains the largest caisson used to support the cantilevered section of the Old East Span, and is one of about 20 piers that will need to be removed as part of the demolition process.

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October 28, 2015

RPI’s Team Selected to Conduct Best Available Science Reviews for RESTORE Projects
The Research Planning, Inc.(RPI) Team has been selected by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration to manage and conduct Best Available Science reviews for RESTORE Act Direct Component project applications. Read More »
September 23, 2015

Dana McGowan Joins ESA as Cultural Resources Practice Leader From our Sacramento office, Dana will lead the firm’s Cultural Resources Practice, which is comprised of a team of 60 professionals including prehistoric and historical archaeologists, architectural historians, preservation planners, maritime archaeologists, and curation specialists. Read More »
September 21, 2015

State of the Estuary Honors San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines Project
On Friday, September 18, six outstanding projects around the San Francisco Bay and Delta received recognition for their achievements at the 12th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference. Read More »
August 8, 2015

ESA Opens New Office in Irvine, California

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Irvine, California on August 3, 2015. The office is located at 17744 Skypark Circle, Suite 200 in Irvine, California, 92614 and will help service our growing Southern California clients in Orange County and beyond. Read More »

August 6, 2015

Michael Houlihan, AICP Joins ESA as Principal Managing Associate “With more than three decades of experience in Orange County, Michael’s established relationships with agencies, districts, and regulators will strategically build upon ESA’s successful legacy of providing premier environmental planning and design solutions to our Southern California clients.” Read More »
July 17, 2015

ESA’s Brian Boxer, AICP Named Northern California Regional Director Brian has dedicated his career to strategically addressing technically and politically complex issues of resource allocation, balancing the demands of the built and natural environment by delivering integrating solutions for environmental compliance and documentation, community planning, and project development. Read More »
July 6, 2015

New Definition of “Waters of the U.S.” Effective August 28, 2015

On Friday, October 9, 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit granted a nationwide stay against the so-called Waters of the United States rule, which is intended to clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act. 

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June 12, 2015

Jim Keany Named Northwest Director of Biological Resources Jim manages our growing northwest team of more than 20 professionals specializing in biological resources, fisheries science, resource management, wetlands studies, habitat restoration, permitting, and monitoring. Read More »
June 9, 2015

Mark Johnson, PLA Named Northwest Director of Community Development Mark manages our northwest team of planners and technical specialists with a thorough understanding of environmental conditions, design processes, and agency requirements to help clients plan, design, permit, and implement their planning and development projects. Read More »
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May 28, 2015

ESA Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

In ESA’s 2014 Sustainability Report, we’ve outlined how our company has performed against the sustainability goals and objectives outlined in our 2012 Sustainability Plan. The 30-page document measures the firm’s progress and further promotes our commitment to sustainable operations, pursuing work that matters within a vibrant employee-ownership culture.

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May 15, 2015

Mike Leech Named ESA’s Director of Geospatial Services Mike’s experience includes deploying field teams with GPS devices for data collection, mapping plant communities using object-based and pixel-based remote sensing tools and managing software development life cycles for international humanitarian organizations. Read More »
Restore Americas Estuaries
February 13, 2015

Restore America’s Estuaries brings science and business together for Tampa Bay Partnership with Tampa Bay Watch, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Environmental Science Associates, NOAA, U.S. EPA, U.S. FWS, and ScottsMiracle-Gro will demonstrate how Bay restoration efforts can best help mitigate climate change impacts. Read More »
February 5, 2015

ESA’s Margaret Clancy, PWS, Named Vice President and Northwest Regional Director “She is an effective leader with deep technical expertise and strong people skills that our clients and employees truly value. In her new role as Regional Director, Margaret will continue to advance our firm’s integrated services and solutions for clients throughout the Northwest.” Read More »
March 4, 2014

New “Blue Carbon” study illustrates the climate benefits of restoring tidal wetland habitat in the Snohomish Estuary

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading west coast environmental consulting firm, recently completed a landmark study demonstrating the climate change benefits of “blue carbon” tidal wetland restoration. Carbon-based greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. The study found that functioning tidal wetlands actually store carbon, removing it from the atmosphere and from causing further environmental harm.

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February 4, 2014

Landmark Study Demonstrates Climate Benefits of Estuary Restoration

Contact: Steve Emmett-Mattox
Phone: 720.300.3139

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May 13, 2013

Airport Cooperative Research Program Releases Report 84, A Guidebook for Preparing Airport Emission Inventories for State Implementation Plans

The Federal Clean Air Act of 1970, as amended, requires that states identify those areas where the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are not met for six air contaminants, known as criteria air pollutants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated such areas as nonattainment areas. A state with a nonattainment area must prepare a State Implementation Plan (SIP) that details the programs and requirements that the State will use in order to meet the NAAQS by the deadlines specified in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Read More »

May 13, 2013

A Tale of Two Optimized Profile Descents

While Los Angeles and Sacramento have vastly different population levels, climates, and cultures, they shared a common theme at the University of California at Davis’ Aviation Symposium in Costa Mesa; lessons learned from implementing Optimized Profile Descent (OPD) procedures at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Mather Airport (MHR). ESA Airports National Director, Steve Alverson, moderated a panel to share lessons learned from recent OPD efforts. Read More »

November 14, 2012

Expert Eyes and Ears…and Noses

A floor-by-floor snapshot provides building managers with a useful assessment of the effectiveness of their building's waste diversion programs and suggestions for increasing compliance.

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November 14, 2012

FAA Issues Guidance on Recycling at Major Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued a Program Guidance Letter (PGL) 12-08 to instruct Airport District Offices (ADOs) on how to implement portions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA).

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November 14, 2012

What is the New Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory Protocol Anyway?

With more and more cities and counties planning for a greener future, a key baseline of both an effective sustainability plan and climate action plan is to clearly assess current conditions.

Community-scale Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories are critical to the development of GHG reduction strategies in both sustainability plans and climate action plans. The new Community GHG Inventory Protocol provides a framework for accounting consistency between inventories and among communities within a larger county, region, or state.

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November 14, 2012

Climate and Energy Action Plans: Getting to Implementation

Climate Action Plans (CAPs) and Energy Action Plans (EAPs) have become important planning tools for communities to articulate how they will meet energy, mobility, and material resource challenges in a carbon-constrained economy.

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October 20, 2012

Global Carbon Markets Now Open to Wetland Restoration and Conservation

An initiative led by Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities for wetlands received final approval under the Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) on October 4, 2012. This ground-breaking approval paves the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects through the issuance of internationally recognized carbon credits. Read More »

October 16, 2012

FAA Issues Guidance on Recycling

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued a Program Guidance Letter (PGL) 12-08 to instruct Airport District Offices (ADOs) on how to implement portions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA).

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July 24, 2012

Getting to Zero Waste

One half planning and implementation, the other half requires a shift in culture.

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July 24, 2012

California Anaerobic Digestion Forum Explores Project Successes and Challenges

Stakeholders examine the successes and challenges of anaerobic digestion technology, permitting, and economics.

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July 24, 2012

Climate and Energy Action: More Plans in the Works

Climate Action Plans (CAPs) have become important planning tools for communities to articulate how they will meet energy, mobility, and material resource challenges in a carbon-constrained economy.

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April 24, 2012

ESA Releases its Inaugural Sustainability Report

ESA celebrated Earth Day 2012 by releasing its first bi-annual sustainability report. The 50-page document highlights the firm’s progress toward being a sustainable business, providing forward-looking sustainable solutions to the firm’s clients, and promoting stewardship of the environment, our communities and employee-owners.

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March 8, 2012

Section 404 Nationwide Permits are Changing

The new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits (NWPs) will become effective March 19, 2012. The existing (2007) NWPs will expire on March 18, 2012. We’re here to help you keep your projects on track during this transition by providing resources, information, and assistance.

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November 16, 2011

Celebrate Innovation on GIS Day

November 16th is GIS Day and we’re celebrating more than a decade of delivering creative, innovative, and integrated client solutions using GIS. We’ve been using this powerful tool to benefit our clients and the environment on projects spanning a variety of markets and geographic locations from coast to coast. In recognition of GIS Day, we’re taking a moment to highlight the value this technology and our GIS team has contributed to our clients, the environment, and our teaming partners on several recent efforts.

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