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Shannon Riley missed her sister’s debutante ball. While her baby sister was getting dolled up in Birmingham, Shannon was donning a hazmat suit and wading into the swamp waters of Florida, trying to help contain a chlorine gas leak caused by a freight train derailment.

“We didn’t have to worry about alligators,” she says with a laugh. Because a tanker had spilled 30,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide into the water, “the alligators were swimming for their lives.”

Like many modern entrepreneurs, Riley started her company – One Stop Environmental LLC – in her home in 1999.

“We parked our equipment in the carport and driveway until we bought the present location two years ago,” she says.

The business, which specializes in environmental cleanup and hazardous waste disposal, has grown to 10 employees and doubled its revenue in the last year. After earning a master’s degree in chemistry, Riley landed a job at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, researching methods of eradicating nuclear waste. She was there in 1993 – the 50th anniversary of the development The business, which specializes in environmental cleanup and hazardous waste disposal, has grown to 10 employees and doubled its revenue in the last year. After earning a master’s degree in chemistry, Riley landed a job at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, researching methods of eradicating nuclear waste. She was there in 1993 – the 50th anniversary of the development of the atomic bomb at the one-time top-secret desert hideaway. After moving home to Birmingham, she worked at U.S. Pipe & Foundry Co., then as a chemist at a company similar to her own.

She and her husband, Richard, a project manager for Simpson Commercial Contracting Inc., have three children, ages 5, 4 and 18 months. of the atomic bomb at the one-time top-secret desert hideaway. After moving home to Birmingham, she worked at U.S. Pipe & Foundry Co., then as a chemist at a company similar to her own.

She and her husband, Richard, a project manager for Simpson Commercial Contracting Inc., have three children, ages 5, 4 and 18 months.

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