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EBI News for November 03, 2021- Climate change blamed for increase in fatal car crashes

EBI News for November 03, 2021- The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, climate change blamed for increase in fatal car crashes, acquisitions, and more!


Cardno assets will boost Stantec’s presence in Australia and U.S. environmental services 

Stantec Inc. (Edmonton, Alberta) has agreed to acquire the North America and Asia Pacific engineering and consulting groups of Cardno Limited (Brisbane, Australia) for US$500 million. Cardno’s Latin American operations and International Development business are excluded. The combined Environmental Services business will represent 20% of Stantec’s pro forma net revenues and grows its U.S. Environmental Services practice by more than 60%.  The combined infrastructure business will represent 30% of Stantec’s pro forma net revenues. Cardno will add approximately 2,750 professionals, doubling Stantec’s Australia footprint to 2,500 employees and increasing its U.S. footprint to 10,500 employees. Estimated 2022 fiscal year net revenue for the two Cardno groups is more than US$350 million. Annual cost synergies of US$10 million are expected within two years.


Pace Analytical expands in western U.S. with BC Laboratories

Pace Analytical Services LLC (Minneapolis, Minn.) has acquired BC Laboratories Inc. (Bakersfield, Calif.), a provider of environmental analytical services. BC Laboratories serves consultants, businesses, and government agencies on the West Coast through a centralized California-based laboratory supported by five courier service centers. “California has been a leader in the charge for mandated testing for contaminants and hazardous materials – and in providing greater transparency for consumers,” said Greg Whitman, president of Pace Analytical. “By expanding our existing footprint in California, we have both the capacity and capabilities to meet this growing demand.” BC Laboratories was founded in 1949 by Joe Eglin, a chemical engineer.


Kleinfelder-Stantec JV awarded dam and levee safety contract 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sacramento District has awarded Kleinfelder and Stantec an Architect-Engineer Civil Works/Dam Safety/Levee Safety Program Design Services contract with a capacity of $110 million. Partnering as Kleinfelder-Stantec, the joint venture will support USACE with the delivery of a large portfolio of programs and projects related to water infrastructure, including critical flood risk management and dam safety; environmental management and restoration; response to natural and manmade disasters; and engineering and technical services to the Army, Department of Defense, and other Federal agencies. The team was recently awarded a $17.3-million task order under the contract to support the Lower San Joaquin River Levee Improvement Project, which aims to reduce flood risk in the Stockton metropolitan area.


Fixed Earth partners with Cimbria Capital for PFAS remediation

Fixed Earth Innovations (Milwaukee, Wis. and Fort St. John, Canada), a technology developer focused on remediating PFAS pollution and other contaminants, announced it is partnering with Cimbria Capital to expand into targeted American markets, starting with the Great Lakes states where political demand is high for corrective PFAS intervention. Fixed Earth specializes in non-disruptive, cost-effective microbial techniques to complete in-situ soil and water remediation of PFAS. The Water Council, a Wisconsin non-profit, helped forge the new partnership between Cimbria and Fixed Earth, a 2020 winner of The Water Council’s Tech Challenge.


Republic Services reports “outsized” revenue growth in Q3

Republic Services Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.), the country’s second largest waste disposal and recycling services company, reported net income of $350.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 versus $260 million for the comparable 2020 period. “We continue to drive outsized revenue growth both organically and through acquisitions,” said Jon Vander Ark, president and chief executive officer. “This year already represents the highest level of investment in acquisitions in over a decade. Our acquisition pipeline remains robust, with broad-based opportunities in the recycling and solid waste business and in our environmental solutions business.” Year-to-date investments in acquisitions were $922 million or $876 million net of divestitures


WSP USA and Mote Marine advance coastal restoration and resilience

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium (Sarasota, Fla.) has signed a memorandum of understanding with WSP USA (New York, N.Y.) to expand restoration and protection of coastlines and marine habitats in Florida and the southeastern U.S. The partnership will focus on science, research, and policy in environmental restoration and climate change mitigation and adaptation. “Some of the issues we’re tackling here at Mote, such as coral restoration and harmful algae bloom mitigation, won’t be achieved on our own, so we’re looking forward to seeing the solutions that our two teams find together,” said Kevin Claridge, Mote vice president for sponsored research and coastal policy programs. Mote is an independent nonprofit marine laboratory and public aquarium that conducts marine research around the world. 


SCS Engineers announces specialized brownfields redevelopment team for grant-funded remediation

SCS Engineers (San Diego, Calif.) has formed a dedicated team of specialists to help clients to secure newly available California state grants for the remediation of brown?elds and to assist with environmental investigations and cleanup of sites for development. The Equitable Community Revitalization Grants (ECRG), through the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), are intended to fund the redevelopment of eligible projects in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities and promote affordable housing, community uses, revitalization, and equitable recycling of land. “In the midst of a housing crisis, communities and affordable housing developers have a historic opportunity to obtain funding for the cleanup of some of the approximately 200,000 brown?elds in the state that could be put back to their highest and best use,” said Dan Johnson, SCS Engineers vice president, and National Expert for Brown?elds Redevelopment.


San Joaquin Renewables secures $165M for flagship RNG project

San Joaquin Renewables (SJR, Dallas) reached an agreement with Cresta Fund Management and Silverpeak Energy Partners to invest up to $165 million in a biomass to renewable natural gas (RNG) project near McFarland, Calif. Frontline BioEnergy, a provider of waste and biomass gasification solutions, is developing the project which will take orchard residuals and shells from San Joaquin Valley farms and convert them into RNG for transportation fuel. The facility will replace the current practice of open burning of agricultural waste with an enclosed system that will produce a non-fossil form of natural gas, capture and store carbon dioxide, and serve as a diesel substitute.


Crystal Clean acquires AET Environmental

Cronus Partners LLC announced the acquisition of Source Environmental Inc. (dba AET Environmental (Denver, Colo.) by Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc. (Elgin, Ill.). AET Environmental specializes in hazardous and industrial waste disposal, in-plant support and remediation, and training and compliance. Publicly traded Crystal Clean provides parts cleaning, used oil re-refining, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste services primarily for small and mid-sized customers. Cronus acted as exclusive financial advisor to Source Environmental. Crystal Clean’s revenue for the third quarter 2021 was $123.2 million, an increase of 41% from the prior-year quarter. Revenue for its Environmental Services segment was $72.3 million during the quarter, up 16% mainly due to continuing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Tetra Tech expands digital water consulting practice

Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) has acquired Enterprise Automation (EA, Irvine, Calif.), a provider of digital water transformation consulting services, including control systems integration, automation, advanced data analytics, platform virtualization, and cyber security. EA provides industrial control and automation system consulting and engineering services for process industries such as water processing and distribution, chemical, and life sciences. EA is joining Tetra Tech’s Government Services Group.


Arcadis reports third quarter performance

Arcadis (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) reported gross revenues of €829 million, up 6%, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021; organic net revenue growth was 4.1% to €636 million compared to the prior year quarter. In the Americas (35% of net revenue) gross revenues rose 5% to €339 million, with organic net revenue growth supported by all business lines. Orders in the quarter included sustainable and digital project wins in Los Angeles (L.A. Metro) and New York (wastewater treatment plants). “Outstanding” organic net revenue growth in Latin America was driven predominantly by infrastructure work in Brazil.


AECOM to serve as construction manager of New Jersey Wind Port

AECOM (Dallas) announced that its AECOM Tishman business has been selected to manage construction of the New Jersey Wind Port, the nation’s first purpose-built offshore wind marshaling and manufacturing port, located in Lower Alloways Creek Township, N.J., on the eastern shore of the Delaware River. A flagship economic development investment for the State of New Jersey, the 200-acre infrastructure project will serve the staging, manufacturing and assembly needs of future offshore wind projects on the East Coast. The Wind Port project is anticipated to serve as a catalyst for the creation of tens of thousands of jobs and more than $100-billion in investment. 


Climate change blamed for increase in fatal car crashes

While the number of registered vehicles increased 11% between 2005-2019, the number of fatal crashes increased by 72%, and climate change may be the culprit, according to Get Jerry, a car insurance comparison service. Fatal weather-related car accidents between 2005 and 2019 increased from 4,813 to 8,277, increasing an average of 15% per year. Fatal crashes caused by rain and clouds contributed most to the increase, correlating with an increase in extreme weather events like severe storms over the same period. States with the largest increases in weather-related fatal crashes were Texas, Florida, California, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, corresponding with an increase in extreme weather like wildfires and hurricanes.

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