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EBI News for January 04, 2023 – Weston Solutions secures three EV charging station task orders

EBI News for January 04, 2023 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, Weston Solutions secures three EV charging station task orders, acquisitions, and more!

TYLin bolsters water sector capabilities with Greeley and Hansen

TYLin (San Francisco, Calif.), a global infrastructure-consulting firm, announced expanding its water and wastewater capabilities in North America with the acquisition of water infrastructure engineer Greeley and Hansen (Chicago, Ill.). Founded in 1914, Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to the water, wastewater, and solid waste sectors and has more than 20 offices in the United States and Latin America. The acquisition “advances our strategy to leverage our current water sector capabilities to help transform TYLin into a leader in the water market in the Americas,” said TYLin Group President and Chief Executive Officer Matthew G. Cummings. 


U.S. Air Force selects ICF for $25M environmental services contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded ICF (Reston, Va.) a new task order to provide centralized environmental management support services at multiple Air Force bases in the United States and Middle East. The ICF team will use its expertise in environmental compliance and program support to help maintain environmental program offices at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, as well as bases within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, to ensure they meet local, federal and international environmental requirements. The contract has a 66-month term.


Weston Solutions secures three EV charging station task orders

Weston Solutions Inc. (West Chester, Pa.) has been awarded three task orders for the design-build construction of electric vehicle charging stations (EVCSs) for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) South Atlantic, Northwestern, and South Pacific Divisions. This strategic mission in direct support of the United States Army Climate Strategy will be led by Weston staff with expertise in EVCS system design, construction, and commissioning and experience performing logistically challenging projects across multiple sites and states. Weston’s turnkey execution includes site assessment, design, permitting, equipment and specification, product purchase, shipment, facility installations, optimization, and post-installation support and training. Weston is a 100% employee-owned environmental and infrastructure services firm with annual gross sales approaching $500 million.


Decarbonization goals drive Burns & McDonnell’s expansion in Canada

Canada’s move to decarbonize its power and industrial sectors, in addition to backfilling power supplied by retiring assets, is translating into growth for the Burns & McDonnell Canada Group. The company said it is expanding its longtime presence in the country with a broader portfolio of engineering, construction, environmental, technical and security consulting services. This will enable local support of critical infrastructure projects and programs aligned with Canada’s plans to reduce carbon emissions. Burns & McDonnell recently opened a new office in downtown Calgary; the firm’s Toronto office is also expecting significant growth in 2023. Burns & McDonnell has provided engineering services in Canada since the 1940s and formally established its Canada division in 2006.


Haley & Aldrich and Cal Engineering & Geology join forces

Environmental and engineering consultancy Haley & Aldrich (Burlington, Mass.) is acquiring Cal Engineering & Geology (CE&G, Walnut Creek, Calif.), a geotechnical engineering consultancy. The acquisition unites Haley & Aldrich’s nationwide environmental and geotechnical engineering expertise — which includes extensive seismic and resilience engineering experience — with CE&G’s regional geotechnical water infrastructure, transportation, and municipal practices. “California has significant climate change and environmental challenges as well as ambitious improvement goals for its aging infrastructure,” said Shawn Fiore, Haley & Aldrich’s president and CEO. “With our combined expertise and presence in the state, we can provide the leadership needed to address those challenges and help our clients and communities prepare for a more resilient future.” 


Alliance Technical Group acquires GBMc & Associates

Alliance Technical Group LLC (Decatur, Ala.), an environmental testing, monitoring, and consulting company, has completed its acquisition of GBMc & Associates (Bryant, Arkansas). Founded in 1996, GBMc & Associates is an environmental consulting firm providing environmental compliance and regulatory support for industrial and municipal customers, including Fortune 500 companies nationwide. “Acquiring GBMc & Associates further strengthens Alliance’s position in the environmental consulting market,” said Chris LeMay, Alliance’s chief executive officer, citing GBMc’s experience in watershed and land use management, ecological services, and environmental regulatory compliance. The Environmental Financial Consulting Group served as financial advisor to Alliance Technical Group.


Charleston picks Black & Veatch for flood resilience 

Black & Veatch (B&V, Overland Park, Kan.) has been selected by the City of Charleston, S.C. to draft an integrated flood mitigation plan. Serving as an owner’s agent and project lead, B&V’s extensive evaluation will help Charleston develop a 25-year framework of flood-mitigating strategies. The B&V team would also provide owner’s advisory services for Charleston’s coastal defense system in the pre-construction engineering and design phase with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Charleston’s historical flooding patterns are becoming more pronounced due to “climate change, sea level rise, rain bombs and impacts of high and king tides,” according to Dale Morris, Charleston’s chief resilience officer. “A key goal is to develop multiple-benefit approaches to flood risk and sea level rise adaptation while embracing our low-county marshes, creeks, rivers and coastal waters.”


Chevron invests in carbon capture technology

Svante (Vancouver, B.C.), a developer of carbon capture and removal technology, has raised $318 million in a Series E round led by Chevron New Energies (CNE, Houston). Svante’s technology uses structured adsorbent beds or filters, and the funding will support a commercial-scale manufacturing facility in Vancouver. Svante’s approach is tailored to separating CO2 from nitrogen in diluted flue gas, which is typically emitted at low pressures and in dilute concentrations. The filters are also available for direct air capture and carbon dioxide removal. Svante’s technology is targeted at decarbonization in the hydrogen, pulp and paper, lime, cement, steel, aluminum, and chemicals industries. Chevron Technology Ventures made an initial investment in Svante in 2014.


Mexico to ask U.S. for solar project funding

Mexico plans to ask U.S. President Joe Biden for as much as $48 billion in financing for solar projects, according to Associated Press (AP). The request will be presented by Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary Marcel Ebrard at a Jan. 9-10 meeting of U.S., Canadian and Mexican leaders in Mexico City, AP reported. Mexico hopes to build solar energy parks in the border state of Sonora and is seeking funding from the North American Development Bank. The solar parks would be run by Mexico’s state-owned utility, however, the United States and Canada have been involved in a trade dispute with Mexico for unfairly favoring its own state-owned utilities. 


Montrose acquires Huco Consulting

Montrose Environmental Group Inc. (Little Rock, Ark.) announced the acquisition of Huco Consulting Inc. (Houston), a consultant specializing in the implementation of EHS and ESG systems and software for industrial, commercial and government clients. Huco’s leadership team, including its co-founders, will join Montrose’s Advisory and Specialty Services business. Terms were not disclosed.


Holland Engineering merging with OMM Engineering

Holland Engineering Inc. (HEI, Holland, Mich.), a multidisciplinary engineering, surveying, and environmental firm, and OMM Engineering Inc. (Grand Rapids, Mich.), a regional civil and municipal engineering firm, have announced the intent to merge, bringing together two engineering specialists with more than 90 years of combined industry experience. “The merger with OMM will enable HEI to broaden and increase its service offerings with municipal clients,” said Gerald Ford, President of HEI. OMM was founded in 1982.


Brown and Caldwell to design critical Southern California water pipeline

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has hired Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.) to design a sectional replacement of the Rialto Feeder, a critical Southern California water supply pipeline. The Rialto Pipeline, constructed in 1972, is approximately 30 miles long with a diameter ranging from 96 inches to 144 inches. Located in Upland, the aging 35-foot section of the large-diameter pipeline requires replacement due to mortar lining degradation. Brown and Caldwell will provide professional services, encompassing utility investigations, design of a new cement mortar lined 121.5-inch diameter steel replacement pipe, restoration, and permit approval from the City of Upland. 


Study indicates decarbonization of U.S. aviation sector is within grasp

New research supported by the National Science Foundation and published in the journal Nature Sustainability shows a pathway toward full decarbonization of U.S. aviation fuel by substituting conventional jet fuel with sustainably produced biofuels. Arizona State University researchers found that planting the miscanthus grass on 23.2 million hectares of marginal agricultural lands would provide enough biomass feedstock to meet the liquid fuel demands of the U.S. aviation sector. Researchers used an integrated framework of land assessments, hydro-climate modeling, ecosystem modeling and economic modeling to assess where and under what conditions across the United States the energy crops could be grown sustainably using criteria that evaluate both environmental and economic performance.



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