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EPA delays cooling water intake rule again

Claiming that it has not completed consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has once again delayed its issuance of the final cooling water intake rule under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). In a letter sent on behalf of EPA to U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the consultations with these agencies over the Endangered Species Act impacts of the new rules have been complicated and require extra time to complete. The delay is seventh since the Phase II Cooling Water Intake Structure rules were suspended by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 2007. EPA said that it has conferred with other agencies and expects to have a final, joint biological opinion in time for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to sign a notice of final decision and allow EPA to publish the rule in the Federal Register on May 16.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

European Parliament requires corporate sustainability reports

The largest companies operating in the European Union (EU) nations will be required to include information about the sustainability of their operations in their annual financial reports, under a new law that was passed by the European Parliament on April 16. In a 599 to 55 vote, the parliament approved a law requiring publicly traded companies with more than 500 employees to address “policies, risks, and results” related to their “social, environmental, and human rights impact, diversity, and anti-corruption policies” in their annual reports. Currently, 2,500 companies operating in the EU nations provide voluntary sustainability reports under programs such as those sponsored by U.K.-based CDP. The number of sustainability reporting companies is expected to rise to 7,000 by 2017 when the new law takes effect. The European Parliament is encouraging, but has not required, that reporting companies use standardized frameworks, such as those provided under the Global Reporting Initiative and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

SLR acquires Haas Consulting

U.K.-based multidisciplinary consulting and engineering firm SLR announced that it has acquired Haas Consulting (HCL), an Anchorage, Alaska-based provider of environmental, health, and safety (EHS), management consulting, auditing, and information technology support services to the oil and gas sector. Lisa Haas, who founded HCL in 1999, has joined SLR as director of the company’s North America Oil and Gas business and global lead in compliance and management systems. “We are delighted to welcome Lisa to our management team,” said Kevin Rattue, director of SLR’s North America operations. “Lisa is highly regarded within the oil and gas industry, with a proven reputation to deliver compliance and management systems on business solutions.” Rattue added that the acquisition “is well aligned with SLR’s expansion plan to increasingly broaden our technical and geographic service offerings in the energy sector at the global level.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

ARCADIS wins BP MSA contract

BP North American Corporation Inc. has awarded a three-year master services agreement to ARCADIS U.S. (Highlands Ranch, CO) to provide project, program, and contract management services for BP’s capital projects in North America and the Caribbean region. ARCADIS said that, initially, services will be provided for all capital projects through a new contractor management program model at BP’s West Lake campus in Houston, where ARCADIS has been appointed on a sole source basis. Under the contract, ARCADIS’s oil and gas specialists will lead project execution and provide consulting support through the life cycle of upstream, midstream, and downstream projects for BP, from conception to closure. The contract has an expected value to ARCADIS of $5 million per year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Covanta bundles services for nine MA municipalities

Covanta Holding Corp. (Morristown, NJ) has signed agreements with nine municipalities in western Massachusetts under which the company will provide the communities with bundled municipal solid waste (MSW) collection, disposal, and recycling services. Under the contract, the nine municipalities will send an aggregate of approximately 25,000 tons of waste annually to Covanta’s Springfield waste-to-energy plant in Agawam, Massachusetts. Covanta will also establish programs to recycle electronic waste and organic waste and to collect bulk waste. Eight of the nine communities already had been using the Springfield facility for their MSW disposal services; the contract represents a first-time relationship between Covanta and the municipality of Shutesbury.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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