EBJ News July 16, 2018

 July 16, 2018: Environmental Services Business



Denali Water acquires NuTerra biosolids environmental services business
Denali Water Solutions LLC (Russellville, Ark.) has acquired NuTerra Southeast Florida Organics LLC (Fellsmere, Fla.) from BCR Environmental (Jacksonville, Fla.). Denali has been a portfolio company of The Firmament Group since 2014. NuTerra has a newly constructed composting facility with the capacity to handle 75,000 wet tons of biosolids annually. Denali’s environmental services business focuses on wastewater residuals management for municipal and industrial wastewater and water treatment facilities. The acquisition of NuTerra – coupled with Denali’s existing operations in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast – expands Denali’s services across the United States, Firmament said. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Great Lakes announces $164 million in awarded work
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (Oak Brook, Ill.), a dredging and environmental  services business, has announced several major dredging and coastal protection awards totaling $164 million. The awarded work includes coastal protection projects in Long Beach, N.Y. for $54.4 million; Myrtle Beach, S.C. for $34.8 million; and Nags Head Beach, N.C. for $34.7 million. The scope of work on the new coastal protection projects includes nourishment of beachfronts with sand excavated from off-shore borrow, which is then used to rebuild dunes and restore the shorelines eroded by winter storms.


Pace integrates ESC Lab subsidiary with name change
Pace Analytical Services LLC (Minneapolis, Minn.), a leading analytical testing company, is changing the name of its subsidiary, ESC Lab Sciences, to the Pace Analytical National Center for Testing & Innovation (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.). The new name emphasizes the location’s commitment to providing environmental testing services on a national scale and to R&D and identifying the most advanced and efficient testing methods in the environmental services business. “Our combination with ESC one year ago has proven to be very valuable to our customers, and we are excited to complete the name and logo change to make this fantastic operation completely integrated with the Pace family,” said Steve Vanderboom, president and CEO of Pace Analytical.


CEC acquires Burns & McDonnell source testing group
Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. (CEC, Pittsburgh, Pa.) has acquired the source testing group of Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, Mo.). The acquisition nearly doubles CEC’s existing source testing capabilities and adds a new location, Kansas City, to the firm’s lineup, bringing the total to 24. Of the 11 professionals coming from Burns & McDonnell, five will join CEC’s St. Louis office and six will remain in Kansas City. CEC offers services in air quality, civil engineering, ecological sciences, environmental engineering and sciences, planning, survey, waste management, and water resources. CEC ranks tenth on Engineering News-Record’s 2018 list of the top firms in Clean Air Compliance. According to Pittsburgh Business Times in June, CEC ranks as the second largest Pittsburgh area environmental company by number of employees.


EA issues carbon footprint and corporate social responsibility reports
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. PBC (EA, Hunt Valley, Md.), a provider of interdisciplinary environmental services, has released its annual 2017 Carbon Footprint and 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports. The former is EA’s sixth tabulation of companywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and operational carbon footprint. “Our 2017 report demonstrates the incremental improvements we’ve made to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Michael Battle, executive vice president and COO. “Company-wide employee engagement is integral to collecting and analyzing the extensive emissions data presented in this report that evaluate GHG contributions associated with employee commuting, business travel, shipping, and waste diversion…. We will continue to challenge ourselves to find new ways to minimize GHG emissions while serving our stakeholders.”


Montrose acquires Leymaster Environmental Consulting
Montrose Environmental Group Inc. (Orange County, Calif.) has acquired Leymaster Environmental Consulting LLC (LEC, Long Beach, Calif.). LEC will become part of Montrose’s Environmental Resilience and Sustainability Division, strengthening Montrose’s environmental and geotechnical engineering presence in Southern California. Terms were not disclosed. Formed in 2000, LEC provides environmental consulting, management, site assessment, remediation design and implementation, and field services. Montrose provides air quality and environmental lab services and has over 50 offices and more than 1,000 employees nationwide.


Air pollution a risk factor for diabetes
Exposure to air pollution is a risk factor for diabetes, according to researchers affiliated with the VA Health Care System in St. Louis, Mo. The paper was published in The Lancet Planetary Health in July. In adjusted models, a 10 micrograms per cubic meter of air (?g/m3) increase in PM2.5 (atmospheric particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers) was associated with increased risk of diabetes. The toll attributable to PM2.5 pollution is substantial, with long-term exposure contributing to about 3.2 million cases of diabetes in 2016, representing 14% of the total incidence of diabetes globally, researchers concluded. Motor vehicles are one of the principal sources of PM2.5 air pollution, making the transition to electric vehicles urgently needed, The Lancet Planetary Health commented. The World Health Organization estimates that 422 million people now live with Type 2 diabetes, up from 108 million in 1980. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs funded the study.


DOE funds R&D for advanced nuclear technologies
The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected nine domestic projects to receive nearly $20 million in funding for cost-shared research and development for advanced nuclear technologies. Awards are being made through a grant opportunity under the Office of Nuclear Energy and represent the second group of projects selected under the solicitation. “DOE is investing in advanced nuclear technologies, because we are looking to the future. Nuclear energy is a critical part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy for the country, and early-stage research can help ensure it will continue to be a clean, reliable, and resilient source of electricity,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.


Advanced asset management could save water utilities $41 billion
Advanced asset management strategies will result in at least $41 billion in savings to global water utilities over the next decade, according to a new report by Bluefield Research (Boston, Mass.). Bluefield studied nearly $3 trillion worth of drinking water, wastewater, and storm water assets in more than 30 countries worldwide. The report concluded that by integrating advanced asset management solutions across their business, water utilities could save 20% or more on annual capital requirements while improving operational efficiencies. Central to more advanced asset management is the increasing value placed on data collection, analytics, and visualization of network conditions and operations, Bluefield said. Firms mentioned in the report include Copperleaf, SEAMS, Servelec Technologies, Fracta, Baseform, IBM, SAP, ABB, GE, and Schneider Electric.


SAI Global announces EHS partnership with ERM
SAI Global (Chicago), a provider of integrated risk management solutions, announced a strategic partnership with Environmental Resources Management (ERM, London) to deploy best-in-class technology for the environmental, health and safety (EHS) market. The partnership combines risk software, including a comprehensive EHS risk offering, with ERM’s domain knowledge and implementation expertise. “Our customers trust us to help them successfully complete their EHS transformation, and our collaboration with ERM will contribute to our mission of developing true innovation with best practices,” said Peter Granat, CEO of SAI Global. “We are delighted to add SAI Global to the ecosystem of our trusted partners with whom we collaborate to better serve our customers in their digital EHS journey.,” said Shawn Doherty, global director of digital business and transformation at ERM.


Psomas expands water infrastructure capabilities and Bay Area presence
Engineering firm Psomas (Los Angeles, Calif.) has acquired the construction management firm Covello (Walnut Creek, Calif.), a specialist in managing construction of water resource infrastructure projects. The acquisition is in line with Psomas’s goal of geographic growth in the San Francisco Bay Area, strengthening its construction management capabilities and water resources portfolio. Gary Skrel, Covello president, said: “We will have a deeper bench of construction management professionals and a wide array of additional resources to serve our clients in engineering, survey and environmental studies.” Covello was founded in 1994 and has 35 employees. Psomas serves public and private sector clients in the transportation, water, site development, and energy markets.


HGA acquires Sustainable Engineering Group
Architecture and engineering design firm HGA has acquired the Sustainable Engineering Group (SEG, Madison, Wis.), an engineering firm focused on energy optimization and sustainable design. The acquisition reinforces and broadens HGA’s expertise in energy and infrastructure planning and design for national clients in the healthcare, academic, corporate, and public sectors. Founded in 2004, SEG has a 12-person team and a regional presence in energy systems modeling, commissioning, retro-commissioning, LEED certification, and advanced research with specialized focus in geothermal systems, renewable energy systems, and carbon reduction/net zero campus planning. HGA has more than 750 people in 10 offices. SEG will change its name to HGA.


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