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Black & Veatch receives award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for outstanding accomplishments

Company praised for efforts to work with small businesses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the EPA Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishments by a Prime Contractor for Fiscal Year 2008, to Black & Veatch in a ceremony today in Washington, D.C.

“Your company was nominated by EPA Region 4 for its consistent commitment to utilizing small business firms,” wrote Kimberly Patrick, Deputy Director of the EPA’s Office of Small Business Programs, in a letter to Black & Veatch informing them of the award selection.

EPA Region 4 serves the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Black & Veatch was nominated for the award for its work on a 10-year Response Action Contract that covers architectural and engineering services for environmental remediation activities within the region.

During the last 10 years, Black & Veatch and its small business contractors have worked on more than 50 sites for EPA Region 4. For one recent project in Pensacola, Fla., the company and its partners designed, constructed an engineered sub-surface containment cell and relocated 540,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil into the cell. Much of the soil had been stockpiled for more than 15 years as EPA controlled short-term exposure to the waste and worked to secure funding for long-term clean up. The field remediation was designed so that when completed, the community will be able to use the site for light commercial development.

“We are delighted to receive this recognition and thank the EPA for this honor. Working with small businesses, including disadvantaged, women-owned and small businesses located in areas of high unemployment, is part of our focus on sustainable development” said Harvey Coppage, Director of Environmental Services for Black & Veatch’s Federal Services Division. “As a result, we greatly exceeded our goals for this contract and will continue to involve a wide range of small businesses in our projects as we begin our new, 10-year response action contract with EPA Region 4.”


Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch contracts with small businesses to provide essential services in its environmental remediation efforts that range from hazardous waste drum disposals to analytical laboratory support and remedial construction.
  • EPA Region 4 recently awarded Black & Veatch a new response action contract for up to 10 years and $150 million. The contract enables the company to continue critical remediation work of contaminated sites across the region. The company’s previous contract, for which it was nominated for the award, expired in 2009.
  • Black & Veatch has remediated contaminated sites in the United States since the inception of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), otherwise known as Superfund legislation. The company is one of the original three EPA Superfund contractors and is currently involved in approximately 100 remediation projects across the country.
  • Through the Superfund program, the EPA and its partners address abandoned, accidentally spilled or illegally dumped hazardous waste that poses a threat to health or the environment.
  • Work for response action contracts is performed under CERCLA and other laws to help address and/or mitigate endangerment to public health, welfare or the environment.

About Black & Veatch: Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on and in social media.


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