Ecology and Environment, Inc., (“EEI”, the “Company” or the “Parent Company”) is a broad-based environmental consulting firm whose underlying philosophy is to provide professional services worldwide so that sustainable economic and human development may proceed with minimum negative impact on the environment. The Company’s staff is comprised of individuals representing 85 scientific, engineering, health, and social disciplines working together in multidisciplinary teams to provide innovative environmental solutions. The Company has completed more than 45,000 projects for a wide variety of clients in 84 countries, providing environmental solutions in nearly every ecosystem on our planet.
The Company was incorporated in February 1970 and its principal offices are located at 368 Pleasant View Drive, Lancaster, New York, and its telephone number is 716-684-8060.
In December 2005, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Company a contract known as START III to provide continuing support to the EPA Region 10. This is a combination time and materials/cost plus contract with a base term of three years plus options for an additional four years. Total maximum value is $49 million over the seven years. As of July 31, 2009 the Company has recognized revenue of approximately $17.6 million under this contract.
In May 2008, the EPA awarded the Company a second START contract to provide technical support in Region 9 which covers the four state area of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and U.S. territories in the Pacific. The contract has a two year base period and two 18 month option periods. With all option years and access to an increased capacity pool to support EPA in the event of an incident of national significance, the maximum value of the contract is $64.0 million over the five year period. As of July 31, 2009, the Company has recognized revenue of approximately $5.5 million under this contract.
These contracts contain termination provisions under which the EPA may, without penalty, terminate the contract upon written notice to the Company. In the event of termination, the Company would be paid only termination costs in accordance with the contract. The Company has never had a contract terminated by the EPA.
Task Order Contracts
The Company has numerous task order contracts with state and federal governmental agencies which contain indefinite order quantities and/or option periods ranging from two to ten years. The maximum potential revenues included in these contracts is approximately $171.3 million. Work done under task orders run the full range of services provided by EEI.
Environmental Consulting Services
The Company’s staff is comprised of individuals with advanced degrees representing scientific and engineering disciplines working together in multidisciplinary teams to provide innovative solutions. EEI’s staff includes engineers; geologists, hydrologists, and other physical scientists; environmental and urban planners; and specialists in the life, health, and social sciences. The Company has rendered consulting services to commercial and government clients in a variety of service sectors, such as the following:
New technology and increasing demand and accountability for more sustainable use of resources presents complex challenges to energy developers and providers. To keep pace with escalating energy needs worldwide, EEI supports all phases of energy development by conducting critical feature/fatal flaw analyses, environmental impact assessments, feasibility and siting studies, permitting, and due diligence audits. In response to monetary, environmental, and social costs of energy on the rise, the Company promotes use of clean energy technologies in an age where energy infrastructure development is critical to world economic growth and improving quality of life.
To keep pace with increased energy needs, as well as support needed backup to the world’s aging critical infrastructure, EEI works with energy industry clients through all aspects of development, generation, and transmission. The Company performs site screening and alternative selection; analyze environmental impacts; and acquire needed certificates, approvals, and permits for electric transmission facilities worldwide.
EEI has provided the pipeline industry with environmental support for 35 years. The Company’s extensive experience includes route selection; field support and survey, such as wetland delineation and endangered species surveys; regulatory compliance and permit support, including preparation of erosion control plans for submission to state agencies, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act permits for submission to the United States Army Corps Engineers, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) 7(c) filings; and preparation of environmental monitoring and restoration plans, including development of quality assurance specifications.
The need to incorporate environmental and social considerations into the planning, design, construction, and operation of offshore energy infrastructure is essential considering key issues such as expanding use of marine locations for energy production/transportation and the use conflict and impacts on critical resources such as marine mammals, commercial and recreational fisheries, seafood safety, water quality, and other recreational uses. EEI supports projects involving oil and gas exploration and production; subsea pipelines; deepwater oil ports; liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals; and, most recently, projects involving components of offshore wind, wave, current, and tidal power subsea electrical transmission. The Company prepares third-party EISs/EIAs, Deepwater Port applications, and FERC ERs; performs siting/feasibility studies, plankton surveys, marine mammal acoustic impact modeling, dredging impact studies, coastal zone consistency evaluations, risk assessments, and marine vessel traffic studies; and develops and implements comprehensive plans for stakeholder engagement/outreach.
The worldwide desire to develop alternative energy has sparked explosive growth in the wind energy market. Although wind power is widely regarded as a low impact, renewable energy source, public concerns over land use, visual quality, noise, and biological impacts sometimes emerge, and environmental impacts must be addressed to obtain permits. EEI attends to these concerns by providing strategic consulting in all facets of environmental permitting and compliance; environmental evaluation; T/E species, avian, and bat surveys; visual resources, noise aesthetics, archaeological, and land use studies. The Company’s civil engineering support services include design of structure foundations and roadways and coordination for gathering line placement, substation, and transmission line requirements. In addition, the Company recognizes that public outreach efforts are an important component of any wind power project; therefore, maintains in-house public relations experts and graphic artists, who work as an integrated team to design outreach programs geared toward landowners and officials.
Sustained growth in solar energy development will be increasingly important as we look to supply clean domestic power in the coming years. Developers and providers are facing complex challenges as new technologies emerge and the demand for new renewable energy increases. EEI supports all phases of solar energy development by providing strategic consulting services. We conduct environmental impact assessments, feasibility and siting studies, permitting and due diligence audits; prepare environmental documentation and permit applications; and identify and track state and federal compliance issues affecting facility development and operation.
Geothermal energy as a source of base load power is widely recognized as a clean and safe alternative to nonrenewable energy sources. However, construction of a geothermal power plant comes with the potential for adverse effects on land stability within the region surrounding the project, as well as other socioeconomic concerns. EEI offers planning and consulting services to address environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with geothermal energy development
With the focus on reduced carbon emissions, there is a renewed interest in nuclear power worldwide. The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received over 20 early site permits or combined license applications to build nuclear power plants and over half of the operating plants have applied for license extensions. EEI is helping clients through the environmental hurdles of the licensing process by performing siting studies and environmental investigations and preparing environmental reports.
Carbon Capture and Sequestration
The ability to address CO2 impacts is one of the most critical and difficult environmental issues facing our power-generation clients today. EEI assists its clients to navigate the deregulated power industry and expedite the permitting process with a thorough understanding of the environmental and regulatory requirements (federal and state) associated with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), including geologic investigation, deep well construction, power plant and pipeline sitting and construction and long-term CO2 storage.
Natural Resource Management/Restoration
EEI’s approach to restoration design focuses on mimicking natural systems in form, function, and process—developing practical strategies for sustainable design and uplift. The Company conceives and designs environmental restoration projects that restore affected habitat through the efficient and innovative integration of biological and engineering solutions. EEI assists its clients meet their goals through the application of restoration measures to mine reclamation, contaminated sediment remediation, land development strategies, recreational planning, comprehensive watershed planning, and threatened and endangered species protection.
EEI seeks to take actions against greenhouse gases (GHGs), global warming, and climate change, both within our internal operations and throughout our line of associated services. The Company’s environmental sustainability services and green programs include an array of offerings to increase eco-efficiency and environmental performance while reducing operating costs. EEI offers knowledge-based consulting services to assist its clients establish an environmental focus and incorporate green elements into their organization’s culture. The Company’s approach to addressing these issues applies to a variety of organizations, including corporations, government agencies, colleges and universities, school districts, offices buildings, healthcare facilities, military bases, hotels, high-end homes, retail stores, and the hospitality/tourism industry.
One of the chief sources of GHG emissions is vehicular traffic. EEI’s innovative Web-based rideshare application reduces automobile dependency and promotes use of alternative transportation. The program was designed by EEI to encourage carpooling as a method of improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion, and conserving fuel. GreenRide helps users find carpool partners by searching for other users who live nearby and have similar schedules and commuting needs. To date, there are 55 GreenRide® systems installed in 22 states, making our technology available to over 39 million U.S. residents.