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EBI News for February 22, 2023 – Water and wastewater facilities challenged by PFAS communications

EBI News for February 22, 2023 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, Water and wastewater facilities challenged by PFAS communications, acquisitions, and more!

EPA announces cleanup to start at 22 Superfund sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced approximately $1 billion in funding to start cleanup projects at 22 Superfund sites and expedite over 100 cleanups already underway. This is the second wave of funding from the $3.5 billion allocated for Superfund cleanup in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In the first funding wave, announced in December 2021, EPA deployed more than $1 billion to remediate more than 100 Superfund National Priorities List sites across the country. On the strength of this initial funding, EPA started 81 new cleanup projects in 2022, including projects at 44 sites previously on the backlog. Four times as many construction projects were started in 2022 compared to 2021.


AE Industrial Partners to sell Enercon

AE Industrial Partners (AEI) has agreed to sell Enercon Services Inc. (Kennesaw, Ga.), a multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental services firm, to Oaktree Capital Management. AEI will retain a minority interest. Founded in 1983 and acquired by AEI in February 2021, Enercon serves customers in the power generation and delivery markets, including nuclear, renewable and conventional, transmission and distribution, distributed generation, battery storage, and EV infrastructure. Enercon has over 1,500 employees. “Over the course of our ownership, we worked closely with the Enercon team to build upon its strong foundation and expand its service offerings and geographic reach,” said Michael Greene, managing partner at AEI. “Enercon has solidified its position as a leader in specialized engineering services, and we believe that the Company is well positioned to benefit from the attractive tailwinds in its energy and environmental end markets.”


Water and wastewater facilities challenged by PFAS communications

Last year was among the busiest in recent memory for the water and wastewater market thanks to The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law at the end of 2021, which “injected hope, optimism and excitement into an industry that had not received investment on this scale since the 1970s,” according to commentary on the annual Water & Wastes Digest State of the Industry Report 2022. Analysis of survey results published on wwdmag.com found that around 36% of respondents indicated they were planning new construction of water/wastewater facilities within 24 months, an increase of 12 points year over year; 56% of respondents were planning upgrades within the next 24 months, a year-over-year increase of 13 points. Challenges facing the industry were led by EPA’s focus on PFAS regulation, which has left utilities figuring out how to communicate the nuance of regulations to customers and accelerating the role of communications professionals in the sector.


Australian PFAS treatment for leachate comes to U.S.

An innovative, chemical-free system that removes up to 100% of priority PFAS compounds from heavily contaminated leachate is now available to the U.S. market, according to The Water and Carbon Group (WCG, Brisbane, Australia). WCG has partnered with Leachate Management Specialists (Parker, Colo.) to make the Low Energy Evaporative Fractionation (LEEF) System available as a low-energy, scalable PFAS removal solution for treating wastewater or leachate. Unlike traditional PFAS treatment systems that rely on membranes, granular activated carbon or ion exchange, the LEEF System uses foam fractionation to remove PFAS contaminants using minimal energy and no chemicals or consumables. The system is effective without costly pre-treatment and has a modular format. LEEF has already been deployed at a landfill leachate treatment plant in Darwin, Australia, treating 36,000 gallons of complex leachate each day.


Giant Mine remediation boosts Parsons’ Q4 performance

Parsons Corporation (Centreville, Va.) announced that total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2022 increased by 15% to $4.2 billion, primarily driven by organic growth of 9% as a result of strong operating performances in both the company’s Critical Infrastructure and Federal Solutions segments. Acquisitions contributed approximately $205 million of revenue in fiscal year 2022. In the fourth quarter of 2022 total revenue increased by 16% to $1.1 billion, primarily driven by organic growth, with the Xator acquisition contributing approximately $67 million. During the fourth quarter, Parsons won the third largest contract in its history—a 12-year follow-on contract for environmental remediation under the Giant Mine program in Canada, one of the largest mine reclamation projects in the world. The expected value to Parsons is approximately $2 billion, of which the company booked $270 million in the fourth quarter.


AECOM to provide critical environmental services under CLEAN contract

AECOM (Dallas) has been awarded a single-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific to deliver architecture and engineering services for the Comprehensive Long-Term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) Program. Under this contract with a $239 million ceiling, AECOM will perform environmental studies, investigations, and designs. Driven by the company’s Honolulu-based team, AECOM will provide program management and technical environmental services that address critical issues such as PFAS and other emerging contaminants, vapor intrusion, water quality, sediments, munitions and radiological assessment, petroleum, polychlorinated biphenyls, and hazardous substances.


Montrose expands C&E services in Mid-Atlantic

Montrose Environmental Group Inc. (Little Rock, Ark.) announced the acquisition of Environmental Alliance Inc. (EAI, Wilmington, Del.), an environmental engineering and consulting firm in the Mid-Atlantic. EAI’s senior team will join Montrose’s environmental consulting and engineering division, which reports to the company’s Remediation and Reuse segment. Founded in 1991, EAI offers comprehensive environmental services to the real estate market, brownfield developers, oil and gas industry, and all industries in the environmental remediation market.


ERM acquires climate advisor Coho

ERM (London, UK) has acquired Coho (Bethesda, Md.) a global advisory firm that helps organizations reach climate change, renewable energy and water resiliency goals. Coho’s services are aimed at reducing direct emissions; procuring renewable energy; achieving electric vehicle transition, fuel switching, and supply chain improvements; and capturing fundamental enhancements in water resiliency. Coho has more than 50 team members.


Roundtable Capital sells Ardurra Group

Ardurra Group, Inc. (Miami, Fla.), a provider of multidisciplinary engineering and design services to water, transportation and aviation end-markets, announced that the firm’s management and employees have partnered with Littlejohn & Co. LLC to acquire Ardurra from Round Table Capital. Michael Kaplan, a managing director at Littlejohn, said, “Ardurra has developed a well-earned reputation as an industry leader with a track record of above-market growth… We believe Ardurra is well positioned as investments in complex infrastructure – particularly focused around drinking water, water treatment and transportation – continue to accelerate.


Blackwell Engineering joins AES

Civil and environmental engineering firm Blackwell Engineering (Harrisonburg, Va.) is now part of the AES Consulting Engineers family. AES is headquartered in Williamsburg, Va. and also has offices in Richmond and Chesapeake. “The opportunity to merge with AES was not something we initially pursued. However, after some early conversations with their leadership team we learned just how much we have in common. We embody and continually invest in the same core values and integrity for both clients and employees. We look at this as a sustainable upgrade for our employees and clients, taking us well into the future,” Blackwell announced. Blackwell Engineering was founded in 1988.


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