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Clean Harbors to spin off oil and gas field services

As a result of a major strategic review of its operations, Clean Harbors, Inc. (Norwell, MA) is planning to spin off its Oil and Gas Field Services business segment into a stand-alone public entity. In an announcement on January 20, the company explained the move as prompted by recent “synergies” related to drilling activity in North America and noted that, while the past year has been tough for that business segment owing to a downturn in drilling activity, it is “an attractive long-term cyclical business that is well-positioned as a leader within many markets.” The entity to be carved out, which will include Clean Harbors’ business of providing lodging camps for drilling operations, generated about $250 million in revenue through the first nine months of 2014.

“As a separate public company, our oil and gas/lodging drill camps businesses will be much more flexible to pursue growth opportunities and add incremental capabilities within their respective sectors,” said Alan McKim, Clean Harbors’ chairman and CEO. "Until the carve-out is completed, we will continue to fully support the customers, partners and, most important, the employees of these businesses. We appreciate their valuable contributions over the past five years.” The company suggested that the carve-out process could take more than a year.

Clean Harbors also announced that Eric Gerstenberg has been appointed to the position of COO with responsibility for overseeing all of Clean Harbors’ environmental operations, including those acquired in the purchase of Safety-Kleen at the beginning of 2013. Gerstenberg was previously president of the Clean Harbors’ Environmental, Industrial & Field Services business segment. Clean Harbors also said that it will substantially increase its focus on the production and sale of blended oil products within its Oil Re-refining and Recycling segment and, as part of this effort, create a separate business within that segment, headed by Jerry Correll.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

White House reveals infrastructure finance plan

In the run-up to the State of the Union address on January 20, the White House has revealed a plan to increase investment in U.S. infrastructure, with a particular emphasis on water and on attracting more private capital into the area. An essential part of the plan is a proposal for new “qualified public infrastructure bonds” (QPIBs), which are regarded as similar to private-activity bonds but are directed to investments in public private partnerships (P3), the White House said. Another part of the program will be the establishment of a new Environmental Protection Agency Water Finance Center, which will work with water agencies and private firms to take advantage federal grant monies as a spur for more private financing for drinking-water and wastewater treatment projects. Only 3% of U.S. infrastructure investment comes from the private sector, compared with 30% in Great Britain, Vice President Joseph Biden said during a speech on January 16 in Washington, D.C. “We’ve got to think of new ways in which to get people in the game,” he noted.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

U.K. takes over Sellafield decommissioning

Less than one year after renewing a contract with private consortium Nuclear Management Partners Ltd. (NMP), the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has taken over control of the job of decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear site from NMP. In making the move, NDA said that the cleanup and decommissioning of the Sellafield complex, one of the most complex jobs of its type in Europe, posed too many difficulties for NMP, and that the private consortium had suffered problems in making progress on the work. NMP “brought stability to the site,” said U.K. Energy Minister Ed Davey in announcing the change, “and delivered important progress on key projects.” Davey added, however, that NDA needed to move in a different direction. NMP was led by URS Corp. (San Francisco, CA), which was bought by AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles, CA) in late 2014. Other team members are Areva, N.C. (Paris, France), and Amec Foster Wheeler, plc (London, U.K.). The contract renewed last April was to cover a five-year term. “We are surprised and naturally disappointed, especially in light of the considerable progress made at Sellafield since NMP was awarded the contract in 2008,” said Iain Irving, NMP’s general manager.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

EPA releases 2013 TRI data

During 2013, the volume of toxic chemicals recycled, treated, burned for energy recovery, or otherwise disposed of or released into the environment by U.S. industrial facilities increased by 4% to about 26 billion pounds, according to the latest Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data, which was announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on January 14. The EPA data claims to show that companies are treating, recycling, or reusing more of their TRI materials, with about 22 billion pounds of the reported materials being managed through preferred practices such as recycling. Total disposal or other releases of TRI materials into the environment has decreased by 7% over the past 10 years despite a 15% increase in TRI materials generated through that period, EPA found. The increases in disposal and releases into the environment are largely due to increases in on-site land disposal in the metal mining sector, the agency said. Air releases from industrial facilities increased by 1% in 2013, primarily as a result of increased activity by chemical manufacturing facilities and electric utilities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Trinity Consultants Smith Aldridge

Air quality consultancy Trinity Consultants, Inc. (Dallas, TX) announced that it has acquired Smith Aldridge, Inc. (Atlanta, GA), an environmental consulting firm that also specializes in the air quality segment of the market. Trinity said that it will consolidate the Smith Aldridge operations with its existing office in Atlanta under the leadership of John Wilcox, who has managed Trinity’s Atlanta office since 2007, in collaboration with Smith Aldridge founder Craig Smith. Trinity plans to move the operations to a new office in the Buckhead area of metropolitan Atlanta in March. “Smith Aldridge is a respected provider of air quality and related environmental compliance services that is especially strong in the food-processing and minerals industries, and their expertise will be synergistic to Trinity’s Atlanta office staff,” said Mike Remsberg, managing director for Trinity’s eastern region.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

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