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Hazardous chemicals, asbestos, airborne toxins, and deadly mold are four things you wouldn’t associate with working women but for Cathy Ledden and Marylee Morinelli, female owners and operators of Coastal Environmental Compliance LLC, they’re part of an average day at work.  Coastal Environmental Compliance LLC is a state certified environmental compliance company that does asbestos and mold inspections for private and public clients as well as Right to Know surveys, waste stream development for the disposal of various types of waste, and mock PEOSHA (Public Employee Occupational Safety Health Act) inspections wherein errors in building components, trip hazards, and evacuation plans are assessed for state compliance.  Cathy Ledden, the COO, and Marylee Morinelli, the CEO, work together to ensure that their clients are in compliance with state law as well as inspect mold and devise a plan to remove it to ensure their clients’ safety.  “Most of the stuff we do is regulation driven”, states Marylee Morinelli when talking about the nature of Coastal Environmental’s interaction with clients.  “We help them comply with the law.”

Coastal Environmental Compliance LLC was created by Cathy Ledden and Marylee Morinelli 14 years ago.  In those 14 years business hasn’t slowed.  In fact business is picking up.  Cathy Ledden put it simply, “We’re busy.”  Having worked for the company for over a year myself, there’s no better way to put it.  Following both owners around while on an inspection in a location that will remain unnamed for confidentiality, I was able to get a feel for the strong relationship between them that has allowed them to be so successful.  The building we were in was cold and musty with an industrial smell that felt harsh and depressing.  However I couldn’t help but feel upbeat and welcome in the presence of the two business owners.  They kept a positive and friendly attitude the whole time I was with them.  Many times during the day I was able to listen in on their conversations where they talked and laughed about past experiences working together.  I asked about them being a female owned business and quickly saw the mood turn dark.

Coastal Environmental Compliance LLC is a small business enterprise with an official Women Owned Business certificate. “This is a really male dominated field” states Marylee Morinelli and both Marylee and Cathy have become all too familiar with that fact in the past 14 years.  Both owners have had to deal with gender discrimination in their field.  They’ve been forced to stay out of meetings, have been pulled out of meetings they were in, faced excessive scrutiny for their gender, and have often been talked down to.  “It happens out there, believe it or not” says Cathy Ledden with a disappointed look on her face.  Nevertheless the two owners want no special treatment and seek only to do their job and do it well.  When addressing state regulations that favor female operated businesses in certain situations, Cathy Ledden showed resistance to the idea asking “Why should we have the upper edge?”  Both Cathy Ledden and Marylee Morinelli are a force to be reckoned with and have proven themselves in their field to be competitive and reliable.  They have never backed down from those who seek to discriminate and after 14 years the two women have proven that females can cut it, even excel, in a male dominated field.  The following pictures were taken on site to show the hard work done by the women of Coastal Environmental Compliance LLC.

Marylee Morinellli (left) shares stories and small talk with long time business partner Cathy Ledden (Right)

CEO Marylee Morinellli (left) shares stories and small talk with long time business partner Cathy Ledden, COO, (Right) during a rainy day on an undisclosed job site.

Cathy Ledden (Left) straps on her gas mask to demonstrate the precautions necessary for airborne hazards such as mold.  Marylee Morinelli (Right) grins a the amusing spectacle.

Cathy Ledden (Left) straps on her gas mask to demonstrate the precautions necessary for airborne hazards such as mold. Marylee Morinelli (Right) holds back laughter from the sight of the oversized mask on her coworker.

Cathy Ledden of Coastal Environmental Compliance  equips her gas mask to swab dangerous Stachybotrys mold (better known as Black Mold) off of a wall.

Cathy Ledden of Coastal Environmental Compliance equips her gas mask to swab dangerous Stachybotrys mold (better known as Black Mold) off of a wall in a water damaged basement.

Cathy Ledden (left) has a moment of frustration with her longtime business partner Marylee Morinelli (right) while on site.

Cathy Ledden (left) has a moment of frustration with her longtime business partner, Marylee Morinelli (right), after a friendly disagreement about past events during an inspection on site.

Marylee holds an air filtration system while checking info on her clipboard.  The tool she is holding is one of many used by Coastal Environmental Compliance when dealing with mold and other environmental hazards.

Marylee Morinelli displays an air filtration system while checking info on her clipboard in a water damaged basement. The tool she is holding is one of many used by Coastal Environmental Compliance when dealing with mold and other environmental hazards.

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