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Locus rings 15th anniversary of eWaste with addition of a new pharmaceutical customer

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 17, 2006  — Locus Technologies (Locus), the world leader in on-demand environmental information management software applications, is pleased to announce the addition of Merck & Co., Inc., to its growing list of customers for the eWaste application. 2006 marks the celebration of Locus’s release of eWaste, a pioneering software application for tracking and managing hazardous waste. It was one of the first applications in the marketplace targeted at the complex and often confusing regulatory requirements for hazardous waste tracking and its deep vertical content focused on simplifying a complex process.

Even after 15 years, the eWaste product line remains a solid performer for Locus, attracting such customers as Dow Chemical, BASF, Conoco Phillips, and Hovensea. The recent acquisition of eWaste by pharmaceutical giant Merck demonstrates that when you develop a solid product built on deep domain expertise to meet a distinct customer need, the product will sell itself.

Locus’s eWaste has held such a loyal and distinguished following, because it is a comprehensive, but easy-to-use, software program for the classification, packaging, labeling, storage, manifesting, transporting, disposal, tracking, and reporting of hazardous waste. It automatically assigns EPA and DOT regulatory information to waste chemical products. The program helps determine the chemical compatibility of waste chemicals, safely assigning them to containers with compatible items.

eWaste also manages waste profiles, allowing for full EPA reporting capabilities and reduced errors in shipping descriptions. eWaste synchronizes with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), as well as portable bar code readers for quick, accurate collection of field data and container tracking. eWaste prepares management, cost tracking, and regulatory reports, including the Biennial Regulatory Report and the SARA 313. It was designed for ease of use and customization to include customer specific forms and reporting requirements.

According to Locus’s President Neno Duplancic, “eWaste is one of Locus’s oldest products, but its loyal following and continuing sales serve to remind everyone in the environmental data management software business that domain expertise and content far outweigh any other factors when it comes to customer satisfaction. Our recent addition of Merck to our list of customers reaffirms that eWaste is as fresh in content as the day it was originally envisioned. Given our continued success with eWaste, we intend to update the platform to allow the same great content but provide the service over the Internet as we do with all our other environmental data management software products.”