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EBI News for February 07, 2024 – Parsons completes PFAS project for Fortune 100 client

EBI News for February 07, 2024 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, Parsons completes PFAS project for Fortune 100 client, acquisitions, and more!

Tetra Tech reports strong first quarter 

Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) reported revenue increased 37% to $1.23 billion with double-digit organic growth in the first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2023. The firm also reported its largest first quarter backlog ever, up 24% year-over-year. During the first quarter of fiscal 2024, Tetra Tech announced the award of a $5 billion water framework contract for the Republic of Ireland; an $800 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers PFAS remediation contract; and a $450 million Great Lakes environmental restoration contract. In separate news, Tetra Tech announced that it has been selected by United Utilities, one of the UK’s largest listed water companies, for a £100-million single-award framework to help improve river health across the North West of England. Tetra Tech’s RPS operations, acquired by Tetra Tech in 2023, have provided services to United Utilities for two decades. 


Stantec to acquire Morrison Hershfield

Stantec (Edmonton, Alberta) is acquiring Morrison Hershfield (Markham, Ontario), a 1,150-person engineering and management firm. Founded in 1946 and employee-owned, Morrison Hershfield is known for its work in transportation, buildings, and environmental services; the firm has offices in 22 cities in Canada and the United States and one in India. Morrison Hershfield will increase Stantec’s Canadian workforce by approximately 10%, and its Environmental Services business is expected to bolster Stantec’s capacity for infrastructure projects in key Canadian markets. The acquisition also adds capacity in environmental impact assessment, ecological services, and geosciences, in addition to a climate change risk, resilience, and adaptation team.


EFCG ranks GHD as technology and innovation leader in AEC

The Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG, New York, N.Y.) has released the results of its technology and innovation leadership benchmarking study in the AEC industry. According to EFCG, “GHD Digital, the digital transformation business of GHD, is leading the conversation in AI, Automation, and is one of the top commentators/thought leaders on ‘cyber’.” GHD is in the top quartile of AEC industry for revenues generated from technology as a percent of net revenue, EFCG found. Furthermore, GHD dedicates 70% of its innovation budget to client-facing software compared to the industry average of 27%.  Jacobs, Parsons, Leidos, TRC, Worley, and Tetra Tech were also named among the leading firms assessed. “Our Q4 2023 assessment indicates that there is significant differentiation in how firms are communicating with the market. We are particularly interested in seeing how these communications change as many firms continue to shift from a traditional professional services model to technology enabled services,” said EFCG Partner Marcus Quigley. The benchmarking analysis of 50 firms was conducted in December 2023 and results released at EFCG’s Rising Leaders Conference in January 2024.


Parsons completes PFAS project for Fortune 100 client

Parsons Corporation (Chantilly, Va.) announced completing a comprehensive assessment, investigation, and treatment of PFAS for a major Fortune 100 industrial client. During the 6-month contract, water and sediment samples from the manufacturing facility were tested at Parsons Water Treatability Laboratory (Syracuse, N.Y.). When samples tested positive for PFAS, Parsons developed a mobile treatment system to keep the manufacturing facility online while water and sediments were treated and disposed. The project generated nearly 500 dry tons of sediment and treated approximately 4 million gallons of water. PFAS concentrations in sediment were reduced to non-hazardous levels for offsite disposal; water was treated to reduce PFAS concentrations to levels below detection limits, allowing onsite disposal. 


EPA selects ICF for $33M in new environmental assessment contracts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics has awarded ICF (Reston, Va.) three new task orders with a combined total value of $33 million to assess the risk of chemical exposure to human health and the environment. Each task order has a term of five years, including a one-year base and four one-year options. Under the first task order, awarded in the fourth quarter of 2023 and valued at $22 million, ICF will screen, evaluate and extract data; prepare data visualizations; and streamline systematic review processes to ensure adherence to statutory requirements. 


EA supports treatment of emerging contaminants in drinking water systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development has selected EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc. PBC (Hunt Valley, Md.) for a task order to provide technical assistance during the identification and implementation of cost-effective and sustainable treatment technologies to address contaminants of emerging concern in drinking water, with an emphasis on PFAS. Awarded under EA’s General Services Administration OASIS Small Business Pool 4 contract, the task order includes a 1-year base period and four 1-year options with a total value of up to $20 million. EA has secured more than $175 million in PFAS-related contracts and task orders nationwide over the past five years.


AtkinsRéalis awarded fusion engineering support contract

AtkinsRéalis (Montreal) announced it has been awarded, along with its partners Jacobs Technology Inc. and Longenecker and Associates, a multidisciplinary engineering support services contract by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The contract spans five years and has a ceiling value of US$50 million. AtkinsRéalis spearheads a fusion-engineering consortium of companies. “This work represents a significant opportunity for AtkinsRéalis to contribute to a highly visible national and international priority program, bolstering the field of fusion research and implementation,” said Joe St. Julian, president of AtkinsRéalis’ nuclear business. The PPPL’s primary mission is development of fusion as an energy source.


Montrose acquires Epic Environmental in Australia

Montrose Environmental Group Inc. (Little Rock, Ark.) announced the acquisition of Epic Environmental Pty Ltd (Brisbane, Australia), an environmental science and engineering consultancy.  Epic Environmental’s senior leadership team will join Montrose’s Consulting and Engineering division, which reports to the company’s Remediation and Reuse segment. Epic Environmental brings engineers, scientists, geologists, planners, and ecologists; clients include many of Australia’s top industrial, resources and energy services companies. Montrose launched in Australia in 2019 with a focus on removing PFAS and other contaminants from water with its ECT2 technologies. With the addition of Epic, Montrose establishes a more comprehensive environmental services platform in the country.


Texplor joins Terracon

Texplor of Dallas Inc., a geotechnical drilling-services company, announced it has joined Terracon (Olathe, Kansas), an employee-owned firm offering engineering consulting, including safety and environmental services. Terracon and Texplor have had a teaming relationship for many years. Texplor is now known as Terracon and will continue to operate throughout Texas from its Dallas location with support from Terracon’s 26 existing locations in the state and more than 175 locations nationwide.


Alliance Technical Group announces strategic acquisition 

Alliance Technical Group (Decatur, Ala.), an environmental testing and compliance services firm, is set to acquire ORTECH Consulting Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario), an environmental, engineering, and science consulting firm. ORTECH offers expertise in air quality, renewable energy, and environmental assessments. “Alliance’s acquisition of ORTECH is a pivotal step in our journey to become a global leader in environmental services,” said CEO Chris LeMay. Alliance’s service lines include stack testing, leak detection, continuous emission monitoring systems, analytical and laboratory services, ambient air monitoring, and environmental consulting.

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