Report 4800: Climate Change Adaptation

Adaptation will grow to a $1bil. industry in the U.S. by 2015, followed by exponential growth once design & construction of adaptation measures begin - $995

Report 3000: Global Environmental Market

Regional analysis & projections covering countries in N. America, Latin America, Europe, Russia, Asia, Middle East, Japan, Australia/NZ, and Africa - $1,995

SCOTUS overturns MATS rule on cost issue

Claiming that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to adequately consider compliance costs in the promulgation of the rule, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule must go back to a lower court to give the agency the opportunity to better evaluate those costs. While the MATS rule’s opponents hailed the court’s decision as a necessary check on EPA’s regulatory overreach, its supporters suggested that the ruling would have limited impact on the agency’s ability to regulate emissions of mercury and other pollutants. Noting that more than two-thirds of coal-fired power plants in the United States have already taken steps to comply with the MATS rule, William Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, said that “it is disappointing that the Supreme Court has reversed the agency’s actions. The successful implementation of the rule underscores the technological feasibility and affordability of the MATS rule.” Calgon Carbon Corp. (Pittsburgh, PA), a provider of technology for removing mercury from power plant emissions, expressed little worry that the court’s decision would have a significant impact on the mercury control market. “We knew this decision could go either way, and while it is disappointing, there are mercury control regulations in place in many states and Canada that have already established a sizable market,” said Randy Dearth, Calgon Carbon’s chairman, president, and CEO. “We continue to expect to increase our activated carbon mercury removal market revenues by approximately 50% this year.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

NV5 acquires Allwyn Environmental

Professional and technical engineering and consulting firm NV5 Holdings, Inc. (Hollywood, FL) announced that it has completed a deal with Allwyn Priorities, LLC (Glendale, AZ) whereby NV5 has acquired assets operating under the name Allwyn Environmental, an environmental services firm that specializes in environmental assessment, radon mitigation, NEPA planning and permitting, NQA-1 compliance, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and inspection, and water resources. Allwyn Environmental employs about 40 people at offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, San Diego, and Hanford, Washington. “In addition to the talented technical experts at Allwyn who are now joining NV5, the firm will markedly expand NV5’s environmental and energy services vertical by bringing us into the nuclear safety-related quality assurance business, a space in which our CQA team has been very successful in the past,” said Dickerson Wright, chairman and CEO of NV5. “This business space requires NQA-1 certification, a unique and distinguishing qualification that allows certain businesses to provide quality assurance functions to nuclear facilities in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers NQA-1 Standard,” he added.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tetra Tech wins $48 million environmental contract from Air Force

Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA) has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force in Europe (USAFE) to provide a range of environmental services at Air Force installations in Europe. Under the $48 million, multiple-award contract, Tetra Tech will conduct monitoring, sampling, and analysis activities to ensure the installations’ compliance with water, air, and waste management regulations. The company will also perform assessments and baseline surveys of environmental conditions at the bases, implement pollution prevention measures, and conduct cleanup activities. “Tetra Tech has supported Air Force environmental programs in Europe for the past 15 years, working at military installations in more than 14 countries,” said Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech’s chairman and CEO. “We are pleased to continue supporting the Air Force’s mission under this new contract.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

U.K. environmental consulting market grew 4.9% in 2014

Revenue for environmental consulting firms from their operations in the United Kingdom grew by an average of 5% in 2014, down from the 6.6% growth recorded in 2013, according to the results of Environment Analyst’s (London, U.K.) most recent UK Market Trends Survey. Based on responses by more than 300 environmental consultants and business managers, the survey finds that large environmental consulting firms in the United Kingdom are faring well, with an average revenue increase of 5.4% in 2014, compared with 4.7% in 2013. By contrast, smaller firms, or firms with smaller practices, saw slower growth in 2014—4.7%, compared with 7.1% one year earlier. The three top business segments in terms of average revenue growth last year were the following: environmental liabilities, risks, and hazards (8.8%); contaminated land remediation (8.8%); and climate change and energy (8.7%). However, the strongest business segments in 2013—environmental impact assessment, sustainable development, and ecological/landscape services—suffered a notable slowdown in 2014, according to Environment Analyst.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

DWA, Royal HaskoningDHV for partnership

The Dutch Water Authorities (DWA), an organization consisting of 23 regional water authorities in The Netherlands, and global consulting and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV (Amersfoort, Netherlands) have formed a partnership under which the two entities will pursue opportunities to develop wastewater treatment plants using Royal’s Nereda technology. The agreement, which was signed on June 22, marks the first time that DWA will be deploying its expertise outside The Netherlands, according to the organization. The startup of the first plant using the Nereda technology is underway in Ireland, and initial plans call for DWA and Royal to develop plants in Brazil, Australia, and South Africa, among other nations. According to Royal HaskoningDHV, the Nereda system has a footprint that’s about four times smaller than that of competing systems and consumes approximately half the energy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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