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EBI News for August 09, 2023 – Weston Solutions wins emergency spill response contract

EBI News for August 09, 2023 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, Weston Solutions wins emergency spill response contract, acquisitions, and more!

Jacobs awarded $450M Great Lakes contract

Jacobs (Dallas) has been awarded a $450 million Superfund and Great Lakes Architecture-Engineering Services contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Great Lakes National Program Office and the Region 5 Superfund and Emergency Management Division to provide environmental, technical and management services and associated infrastructure tasks in the Great Lakes Area. Under the five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity multi-award contract, Jacobs will help clean up and restore 22 of the 25 remaining Great Lakes Areas of Concern by 2030. The work streamlines and accelerates both Superfund and Great Lakes Legacy Act cleanups providing contaminated sediment evaluations, site management, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, remedial design activities, habitat restoration support, and remediation oversight for the lakes and surrounding infrastructure.


Tetra Tech selected for $32M USAID remediation contract

Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) announced that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the company a $32 million single-award contract to provide architectural and engineering services for dioxin remediation at the Bien Hoa Air Base area in Vietnam. Under this five-year contract Tetra Tech will provide engineering design, construction management, and environmental monitoring of civil works and treatment activities for dioxin-contaminated soil and sediment in order to reduce the risk of exposure to people on the Air Base as well as in the communities that border it, and to restore the land for full use. Tetra Tech has supported USAID’s environmental cleanup programs in Vietnam since 2012.


Weston Solutions wins emergency spill response contract

Weston Solutions Inc. (West Chester, Pa.) has been awarded an emergency spill response contract by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Under this five-year contract, Weston will perform spill response, groundwater contamination response, response to man-made and natural disasters, and disaster recovery. “This contract builds on our long track record of successful site assessment and remediation contracts with TCEQ, as well as our response capabilities. This is a great opportunity to expand our services to the state of Texas,” said Ashby McMullan, Weston’s program manager. Weston Solutions is a 100% employee-owned environmental and infrastructure services firm.


Feds “vastly underestimate” PFAS cleanup costs for water 

According to a new report by the Water Coalition Against PFAS, ‘forever chemical’ cleanup costs for the water sector have been vastly underestimated. The report, Correcting PFAS Myths, publishes findings from Coalition members showing that annual PFAS cleanup costs will be as much as three times higher than current EPA projections being used to inform new regulations. The report shows operational costs for wastewater utilities going up 60% and drinking water utilities requiring at least $50 billion for new treatment technology. The Coalition is made up of five of the nation’s leading water sector associations.


Parsons reports strong second quarter

Parsons Corporation (Centreville, Va.) announced another record quarter “with all-time highs for total revenue, organic revenue growth, adjusted EBITDA, contract awards, and total backlog,” according to Carey Smith, chair, president, and chief executive officer. Total revenue for the second quarter of 2023 increased by 34% to $1.4 billion, primarily driven by organic growth of 23%. Second quarter 2023 revenue in Parsons’ Federal Solutions segment increased 42% compared to the prior year period; Critical Infrastructure revenue increased 26%. In the second quarter, Parsons won six contracts over $100 million. The company attributed growth to unprecedented global infrastructure spending and increasing demand for national security solutions. 


Arcadis announces record net revenue of €945 million in Q2

Arcadis (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) announced growing client demand across all of its Global Business Areas resulting in record Q2 net revenue of €945 million with organic growth of 9%. Growth in the second quarter ended June 30, 2023 was particularly strong in America and the UK and Ireland, with Continental Europe and Australia also contributing, slightly offset by a decline in the Greater China region. Arcadis CEO Alan Brookes attributed the strong quarter to high client demand particularly in industrial manufacturing, environmental remediation, and innovative mobility solutions. Brookes also noted that the integration of Arcadis IBI and Arcadis DPS is progressing well, with cost synergies expected to exceed initial expectations. Arcadis acquired IBI Group (Canada) and DPS Group (Ireland) in 2022.


Texas Water Development Board approves $1.59B in assistance

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved financial assistance totaling $1.59 billion for water, wastewater, and flood projects through the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas, the Flood Infrastructure Fund, and state revolving funds. This latest round of financial assistance from TWDB will support 10 water, wastewater, and flood infrastructure projects, with most funding supporting drinking water projects.


Benchmark TurnKey merges with Roux Associates

Roux (Islandia, N.Y.) announced that it has been joined by 35-person Benchmark TurnKey (Buffalo, N.Y.). Benchmark Environmental Engineering & Science provides civil and environmental engineering services; sister company TurnKey Environmental Restoration provides site investigation, remediation and infrastructure construction, and environmental and site management services. Roux has worked in Western New York for over 25 years on multi-year remediation projects, partnering with Benchmark TurnKey several times. “This ultimately led to a realization that combining firms and achieving a more substantial presence in Western New York would benefit all,” Roux stated.


Stantec to serve as owner’s engineer for SunZia 

Stantec (Edmonton, Alberta) announced it has been selected by Pattern Energy Group (San Francisco, Calif.) to serve as owner’s engineer for the SunZia Transmission Project, part of the largest clean energy infrastructure initiative in U.S. history. The Project will enable Pattern Energy to develop up to 3,500 MW of wind power in New Mexico and to transport that clean energy to communities in the southwest United States. The Project includes the development of a 3,000-MW capacity, 525-kilovolt high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system with overhead lines traversing approximately 550 miles of federal, state, and private lands between central New Mexico and central Arizona. Stantec will provide specialist HVDC owner’s engineer services, including electrical, civil, structural, building, and mechanical engineering services associated with the HVDC converter stations and AC choppers.


WSP named professional engineer for New York’s Sunrise Wind Farm

WSP USA (New York, N.Y.) has been named professional engineer for the offshore high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platform for Sunrise Wind Farm, the first U.S. offshore wind project to use HVDC technology. Sunrise Wind is owned by a partnership between Ørsted Offshore North America, a Danish multinational power company, and Eversource Energy (Boston, Mass.). Siemens Energy, in consortium with Aker Solutions, will supply the transmission system for the utility-scale 924-megawatt offshore wind farm that will provide clean energy to more than 600,000 homes in New York State. WSP is providing engineering services to Aker Solutions to assist in the design of the HVDC platform. 

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