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Normandeau Associates, Inc. Awarded Maine Department of Marine Resources Contract

Posted August 27, 2009 by

Falmouth, Maine – 2009 –

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has awarded Normandeau Associates a contract to review the scientific basis for environmental windows (also known as time of year restrictions).  Dredging projects frequently must comply with environmental windows to protect sensitive marine resources, such as anadromous fish passage and spawning habitats. Normandeau Associates will review the scientific literature on dredging impacts with a focus on studies relevant to Maine waters.  Normandeau Associates will  determine whether environmental windows are effective, as well as to identify data gaps and measures to improve the permitting process.

About Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Normandeau Associates, Inc., in business for nearly 40 years, is an employee-owned company known throughout the U.S. for its technical excellence and outstanding client service.  Normandeau Associates specializes in natural resource management, water quality monitoring and modeling, dredge monitoring, habitat restoration, environmental monitoring, and public involvement and community outreach.  Normandeau provides services across several market sectors including transportation, ports and waterways, hydropower, gas transmission, energy, NGO’s, Federal, state and municipal.

Normandeau Associates was founded in 1970 as a privately owned company.  In July 2000, the company became employee-owned. Company management believes that employee ownership will further enhance technical excellence and ability to solve client environmental problems effectively and efficiently.  Normandeau Associates works closely with clients, regulators and communities to seek solutions that enhance economic development, meet regulatory requirements, actively involve stakeholders, and protect and restore natural resources and water quality.  For more information about Normandeau Associates, Inc. visit our website at



Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Elizabeth Evarts
Media Contact
(603) 472-5191


Practical Applications, Inc. (PAI), Awarded Contract for The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT Wastewater Treatment System

Posted August 13, 2009 by

Boston, MA – Practical Applications, Inc. (PAI), a leading environmental company, has been awarded the contract to design and build the central wastewater treatment system for the new David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research At MIT. The system is designed to treat wastewater flows continuously at 215,000 GPD (gallons per day) with peak flows at 300 GPM (gallons per minute).

The system employs pH neutralization/pH adjustment to control wastewater generated from laboratory research activities. The system is designed to meet strict compliance discharge limits according to Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) sewer discharge regulations.
The system comprises two 2,200-Gallon treatment tanks followed by a corrosive duty pump station. The system incorporates PAI’s proven design and safety features including our transfer free DOT chemical dispensing stations for reagents and automated alarming/reporting systems.

PAI has been designing, building, and operating wastewater treatment systems since 1994. Our systems are designed and built by operating engineers and technicians who understand an effective system must ensure performance while remaining economical to operate and maintain.


“e” inc.’s Environmental Science and Action Program Uses the Allandale Urban Wild to Teach Forest Eco-systems to City Kids

Posted August 13, 2009 by

“Exploration in the City” is a unique summer field project specially crafted for city kids who rarely have an opportunity to experience and explore the natural world around them.  Based in the Jamaica Plain/ West Roxbury Allandale Urban Wild, the largest forest in the city, the program brings in kids from summer day camps from all Boston neighborhoods for activities designed to expand their understanding of the forest and natural eco-systems.  The program was created by “e” inc., the environmental learning and action center based in Boston.

Currently, nine urban summer day camp programs are participating in this “e” inc. program that emphasizes the importance of exploring and preserving the green spaces of our city.

“Exploration in the City” also provides an active learning experience that is fun for children who attend.  As part of the curriculum, children help conserve the forest by creating visitor guides and by adding plantings to a special conservation area within the Allandale Urban Wild.

“e” inc. is partnered with the Springhouse Elderly Assisted Living Center, which generously donated an indoor classroom space for the children to use for games and arts activities.   During their visit, campers create “impressions” of the forest using arts media and journals.  On their walks the children are engaged in games, investigations, and activities that help them understand the workings of the ecosystems they are seeing.  Whether they are encountering toads, fish, or frogs in or near the pond or seeing birds and dragonflies in the woodland areas the children begin to gain both knowledge and new experiences during their day in the woods.

“Our goal is that the youngsters not only understand science but gain a ‘greater curiosity and a change of heart’ about the importance of protecting natural spaces in the city,” said Dr. Ricky Stern, “e” inc.’s Executive Director.

Each year, “e” inc. brings in-depth science programs to approximately 800 children and youth in Greater Boston.  This June, “e” inc. received the Promising Practices Award from Academy for Educational Development, an international NGO based in Washington D.C., that is focused on innovative academic curriculum for children and youth.

About “e” inc.

“e” inc. is an environmental education and action center and currently brings in-residence programs to afterschool programs located in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Brighton, and the South End.  Through “e” inc.’s environmental science investigations and its concurrent action curriculum, all of its students have implemented ongoing projects in their schools and neighborhoods that address such diverse issues as global warming, rain forest protection, and ocean bio-diversity.

Contact: Dr. Ricky Stern


NewStream Hires Antifreeze Recycling Operations Manager

Posted August 13, 2009 by

ATTLEBORO, MA, Issued July 28, 2009 – NewStream is pleased to announce that Andy Harkness has been hired to fill the new role of Antifreeze Recycling Operations Manager at the Company.

NewStream added the position this spring when demand for their antifreeze recycling services increased to a level that demanded the attention of a full-time supervisor. NewStream President, Mike Spoor says, “The antifreeze recycling piece of our business has great potential for us as a Company. There is a growing demand for top-notch antifreeze recycling services in the marketplace, and we’ve worked hard to optimize our system to meet that demand. It’s very important that we have the right team in place to manage the system on a day-to-day basis, and this new position really rounds out that team.”

Andy joined NewStream in May, and is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Company’s antifreeze recycling system, with specific tasks ranging from quality control to process optimization. He brings a great deal of experience to his role, having previously managed operations for a company that recycles restaurant cooking oil to manufacture biodiesel fuel for home heating and other applications. Andy also founded his own biodiesel equipment manufacturing company. He holds a BA from Wheaton College.

About NewStream, LLC:

NewStream is an innovative environmental services company specializing in industrial wastewater treatment and materials recovery. The world-class 90,000 square foot facility was originally designed and operated by Texas Instruments. Facility upgrades include a new batch treatment system and a moving bed bioreactor. The plant boasts a 1,000,000-gallon storage capacity, and can be configured to treat almost any waste stream. Off-site deliveries of non-hazardous industrial wastewater and used antifreeze are accepted by truck (bulk and drums) and rail 24 hours, 7 days/week. The Attleboro, MA facility is convenient to Routes I-95, I-495, I-295, and 24.


P.J. Keating Company Works With UMass Dartmouth on Unique Paving Project

Posted August 10, 2009 by

DARTMOUTH, MA.  Environmental consciousness has been a part of the day-to-day operations at every P.J. Keating Company facility (locations include: Lunenburg, Acushnet, Dracut and Cranston, R.I.). Each year the company strives to find ways to create a more environmentally-friendly atmosphere in which they work and reside. Most recently, the company has converted all its plants to natural gas in order to reduce odors and reduce VOCs (volatile organic compounds that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone) in the air.

Additionally, two years ago P.J. Keating Company converted its Acushnet plant in order to produce a warm mix asphalt product, which aids in the reduction of greenhouse gas, emissions, reduced energy consumption and the elimination of both smoke and smell.

That same environmentally conscious philosophical stance holds true at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth.

UMass Dartmouth is a college campus that is one of the national leaders in incorporating sustainability into its practices and curricula.

Recently, P.J. Keating Company in Acushnet has been working with the university to pave seven parking lots (45,700 sq. yds.), with a total of 8,800 tons of asphalt used between the binder and the top surfaces.

According to Greg Bowles, project manager at P.J. Keating Company, the company worked with UMass Dartmouth to develop a plan for the parking lots paving project that would help to incorporate the school’s sustainable philosophy.

“In cooperation with Professor Walaa Mogawer from UMass Dartmouth, Larry Andrews, our manager of quality assurance and quality control, developed a job mix formula that utilized 10 percent more RAP (reclaimed asphalt paving) than we normally use in state jobs,” Bowles said.

In addition to using more RAP, P.J. Keating Company proposed using one of its newest technologies, warm mix asphalt, on this project.

Warm mix asphalt is made through the Astec Double Barrel Green System, which mixes a small amount of water and asphalt cement together to create microscopic bubbles. These small bubbles act to reduce the viscosity of the asphalt cement coating on the rock, which allows the mixture to be handled and worked with at lower temperatures.

This workability at lower temperatures makes compaction easier and in many cases, allows roadways to be open sooner after a project. This lets traffic get back to normal much sooner and also allows the paving season to be extended.

“They agreed to the job mix formula that Larry Andrews proposed,” Bowles said.

The project entailed reclaiming existing parking lots by reutilizing the existing material as base core, and working on them in groups of three, so that the others could be used and not all are closed off, Bowles added.

“We regraded the existing reclaim material, put in new granite curbing in three of the lots that didn’t have it, as well as a bit of additional curbing work,” he said. “We restriped the lots, put in loam and seed and some electrical conduits for future use.”

The project is expected to be completed before the end of the summer 2009.

Since 1923, P.J. Keating Company’s primary business is quarrying stone, manufacturing Hot Mix Asphalt, and the construction of Asphalt Paving Projects. The company is headquartered in Lunenburg, MA, with locations in Dracut, Acushnet and Cranston, Rhode Island.