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EBI News for September 17, 2020- Record Setting Environmental Monuments

EBI News for September 17, 2020- The following section highlights the latest news stories in the environmental industry. Including record setting temperatures in August, acquisitions and partnerships,  and awarded contracts.

 

Haley & Aldrich joins forces with Hart Crowser to offer environmental services nationwide

Haley & Aldrich (Burlington, Mass.) has acquired Hart Crowser (Seattle, Wash.), merging complementary services in environmental and geotechnical engineering consulting and construction. Terms were not disclosed. Founded in 1957, Haley & Aldrich has 700 professional staff in 28 offices. The company developed the first regenerable resin technology application for 1,4-dioxane and per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) remediation and later formed a subsidiary, ECT2, to develop and market the technology; ECT2 was sold in 2019. Hart Crowser has 120 staff in nine offices in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Guam. The firm specializes in geotechnical engineering, environmental science and engineering, stormwater services, and resilience engineering for governments worldwide to protect against major earthquakes and other natural disasters.

Tetra Tech wins $68 million Superfund contract

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) a single-award, seven-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for $68 million to provide services in EPA Region 8 for the Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START V). Tetra Tech will provide scientific and technical support services to assist EPA in protecting human health and the environment in response to man-made and natural emergencies and disasters. Services will include field surveys, contingency planning, Superfund and brownfields site assessments, human health and ecological risk assessments, data management, and mapping. Tetra Tech says it will use advanced analytics to accelerate compilation and analysis of information for decision-makers. Tetra Tech has supported EPA’s START program for 25 years and provides technical support in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

Nine companies selected for $185 million USACE remediation contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has selected nine companies to perform environmental remediation work at a number of sites under a multiple-award contract worth up to $185 million. Competing for each order of the hybrid contract (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) are AECOM Technical Services, Aptim Federal Services, Black & Veatch ER joint venture, Cape-Cabrera joint venture, CDM JV, ECC Environmental, Sevenson Environmental Services, Tetra Tech EC, and Weston Solutions.  

Stantec awarded waterfront contract worth up to $60 million

Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Burlington, Mass.) has been awarded an architect-engineering contract worth up to $60 million for multi-disciplinary waterfront architect-engineering services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic area. Projects include structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, architectural, planning, environmental, fire protection, cost estimating and geotechnical. Waterfront projects involved might include piers, wharves, quay walls, dry docks, bulkheads, crane rail systems, fender systems, berthing and mooring, dredging, coastal and shoreline protection and waterfront related utilities. Work under the firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is expected to be complete by May 2023.

Record-setting three months for Mother Earth

Not only was August 2020 the second-warmest August on record but the Northern Hemisphere had its warmest summer, and the globe as a whole had its third-hottest three-month season. According to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, the average global land and ocean surface temperature in August was 1.69 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.1 degrees F, making it the second-hottest August in the 141-year record, behind August 2016. The Northern Hemisphere had its hottest August on record with a temperature departure from average of 2.14 degrees F, besting the previous record set in August 2016.  Globally, the 10 warmest Augusts have all occurred since 1998, with the five warmest occurring since 2015. The three-month season from June through August 2020 was the Northern Hemisphere’s hottest meteorological summer on record. 

EPA, DOD, and states issue challenge to destroy PFAS in firefighting foam

The U.S. EPA has launched an innovation challenge to identify how to destroy PFAS in firefighting foam. Specifically, a federal and state agency partnership is seeking detailed plans for non-thermal technologies to destroy PFAS in concentrated aqueous film forming foam (AFFF). The agency is offering up to $50,000 for the best design concept to safely destroy the chemical. Although PFAS compounds can be found in various wastestreams, this challenge is focused on unused AFFF. Winners will have the potential for field-testing in partnership with EPA and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.

GFL Environmental expands U.S. footprint with WCA Waste

GFL Environmental Inc. (Vaughan, Ontario) announced in August it is purchasing WCA Waste Corporation (Houston) from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II for $1.212 billion, continuing its expansion into the U.S. solid waste market. WCA operates a vertically integrated network of solid waste assets, including 37 collection and hauling operations, 27 transfer stations, 3 material recovery facilities and 22 landfills across 11 U.S. states. The acquisition provides GFL with an opportunity to extend its geographical reach into the U.S. Midwest and Southeast and to establish a strong regional market presence in Texas, Florida and Missouri. WCA generates annualized revenue of approximately $400 million. In June GFL announced the acquisition of certain Advanced Disposal and Waste Management assets for $835 million.

Halff Associates announces acquisition of BESH

Halff Associates Inc. (Richardson, Texas), an engineering/architecture consulting firm, has acquired BESH Inc. (Tavares, Fla.), a 35-person multidisciplinary civil engineering firm that provides water and wastewater, public works, development and surveying services throughout Florida. BESH also has expertise in large, master-planned communities. In business for 70 years, employee-owned Halff has 25 offices offering planning, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental, oil and gas, and surveying services. “By joining forces, we will strengthen our growing water and wastewater practice—not only in Florida, but across our offices in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma,” said Halff President and CEO Mark Edwards.

ERM partners with World Business Council for Sustainable Development

ERM (London, UK) has partnered with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on an issue brief exploring business responses to COVID-19. The brief recommends how companies can build greater long-term resilience through better approaches to corporate risk management, human and social capital, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) information. “We need to do a better job preparing for both known and unknown threats, in part by returning some ‘slack’ to our economic, social, and natural systems,” Peter Bakker, president and CEO of WBCSD, said. “Critically [businesses] must accept that a company’s resilience is not limited to what’s inside its four walls but also encompasses ecosystems, communities, economies, the rule of law, effective governance and governments, and more.”

Constantine Engineering joins Ardurra 

Ardurra Group Inc. (Tampa, Fla.), a portfolio company of RTC Partners, has acquired Constantine Engineering Inc. (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), a multidisciplinary engineering firm specializing in the water, wastewater, and public works markets. With the addition of Constantine, Ardurra expands its water market expertise throughout the Southeast United States. Constantine will operate as Constantine Engineering LLC, an Ardurra Group Company, from its offices in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

All4 makes first acquisition with Smith Management purchase

All4 LLC (Kimberton, Pa.), an environmental consulting firm focused on complex air permitting and monitoring and EHS compliance for heavily regulated industries, has completed its first acquisition with the purchase of Smith Management Group (Lexington, Ky.), an environmental consulting firm founded in 1989. Smith Management will expand and strengthen ALL4’s technical EHS support to industrial clients. Bill Straub, CEO of ALL4, said, “The addition of the Kentucky Region is our first step into the acquisition world consistent with our strategic objectives of expanding our geographic footprint, building additional air quality expertise, and building out our EHS multimedia capabilities.”

 

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