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Jim Ricker, PG, Joins Wilcox & Barton, Inc. as Vice President and Manager of VT, NH, and ME Environmental

Posted May 24, 2018 by

Wilcox & Barton, Inc. is pleased to announce James P. Ricker, P.G. as Vice President and Manager of Environmental Services throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Jim has nearly 30 years of professional experience, most recently with Nobis Engineering, Inc. as the Director of State and Municipal Services. Prior to that, he served as Operations Manager and Senior Project Manager at Weston Solutions, where he worked for more than 22 years.

As a senior member of the management team, Jim joins Wilcox & Barton, Inc. at a time of significant company growth. He will be responsible for business development and project management throughout the Northeast, with a specific focus on northern New England. “Jim’s vast knowledge of municipal, brownfields, petroleum, and State Agency market sectors makes him a valuable asset to the company,” says Bill Wilcox, President and Principal Geologist. “We are really excited to have him join our team. He brings years of strong client relationships to our organization and will have an immediate impact on broadening our professional network, growing revenue, and providing senior leadership to the staff in the New Hampshire office.”

Since 2000, Wilcox & Barton, Inc. has provided clients with a complete range of environmental, civil and geotechnical engineering services throughout the Northeast. The company has earned its reputation for responsiveness, successful management of complex problems, and for providing innovative, cost-effective solutions.

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National Response Corporation acquires SWS Environmental Services

Posted May 24, 2018 by

Expanding NRC’s broad suite of compliance and environmental services

Great River, NY, May 14, 2018National Response Corporation (“NRC” or the “Company”) announced today it has acquired SWS Environmental Services, Inc. (“SWS”), significantly adding to its national footprint and expanding its full line of compliance and environmental services.

Since 1974, SWS has been providing a broad range of essential services including industrial, hazardous waste management, emergency response, marine, and remediation services to the energy, manufacturing, education, healthcare, chemical, transportation, government, and retail sectors. Employing over 250 personnel, SWS is a customer‐focused company with 21 locations servicing 17 states throughout the Midwest, Gulf Coast, and Southeastern U.S.

NRC combines extensive technical expertise, broad geographic reach, differentiated assets, essential regulatory certifications, and a specialized workforce to address customers’ recurring environmental service and regulatory compliance requirements, including standby, industrial, hazardous waste management, emergency response, marine, and remediation services. The Company is the largest commercial oil spill response organization (OSRO) with worldwide operations.

“This acquisition truly complements our existing U.S. footprint with virtually no overlap, enhancing our ability to reach customers throughout the U.S.” said NRC CEO Paul Taveira. “It strengthens our national capabilities and our geographic reach, better enabling us to service our national and international client base.”

“This acquisition enhances our capabilities to provide our core suite of services to our national and regional customers, providing them with greater synergies across their entire enterprise,” added Lou O’Brien, SVP Sales & Marketing. “For more than 24 years, NRC has been renowned for its oil spill standby and response capabilities. We have now completed nine strategic acquisitions over the past five years including ENPRO Services, Op‐Tech Environmental Services, Sureclean Limited, Emerald Alaska, specialized Response Solutions, Boom Technology, Water Truck Services, and CleanLine WWS. As a result, we now provide a broader suite of compliance and environmental services than any other company in our market segments.”

Eric Zimmer, SWS CEO commented, “We are excited to join the NRC group which will allow us to expand our geographic footprint. We will continue to provide our clients with cost‐effective solutions to a wide range of environmental concerns while growing our business using NRC’s strong global presence.”

About NRC

NRC is a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle‐market private equity firm focused on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors. NRC is a global provider of diversified compliance and environmental solutions. Headquartered in Great River, NY, NRC has 73 office locations in 16 countries and maintains worldwide support operations in 33 countries. With over 1,400 highly trained and skilled employees, NRC is equipped to complete the growing number of assignments that require great care to protect people, the environment, and to comply with environmental regulations. Visit our website at www.nrcc.com.



Tighe & Bond’s New Providence Office Opens Its Doors

Posted May 21, 2018 by


Westfield, Massachusetts – May 17, 2018Tighe & Bond, Inc., a northeastern leader in engineering and environmental consulting, opened its doors this month to a new office in Providence, Rhode Island. The 4,000-square foot workplace on 300 West Exchange Street (Suite 300) provides a central location to better serve the company’s growing base of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts clients.

Senior Project Manager, Benjamin Levesque, P.E., BCEE, will provide leadership for Tighe & Bond’s newest office. A resident of nearby North Attleboro, Levesque is a civil and environmental engineer with 20 years of experience in the municipal water and wastewater industry. Tighe & Bond plans to expand its workforce at this office to approximately 20 employees over the coming months.

“We are a firm that is committed to our clients, and establishing an office in Providence allows Tighe & Bond to be closer to, and more readily support, our growing client base in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. We are confident that this location will benefit both existing and new clients,” says Tighe & Bond’s President and CEO, David Pinsky. “Also, as we continue to expand our business, this office provides an accessible location for talented employees who reside in the area,” he adds.

Tighe & Bond’s strategic plan calls for geographic growth to further reinforce its position as a Northeast regional leader in engineering and environmental services. This new office represents yet another growth opportunity for the firm that is experiencing office expansions and staffing growth in multiple locations throughout the Northeast. Tighe & Bond currently has more than 340 employees.

Tighe & Bond provides comprehensive engineering and environmental services to hundreds of public and private clients throughout the northeastern United States, with emphasis on the education, energy, government, healthcare, industrial, real estate, and water/wastewater markets. In addition to Providence, Tighe & Bond staff work from offices located in Middletown and Shelton, Connecticut; Westwood, Pocasset, Worcester and Westfield, Massachusetts; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Rhinebeck, New York. Tighe & Bond is an employee-owned firm that has been in business for over a century.

Tighe & Bond is invested in its clients’ successes and continues to evolve to keep pace with client needs. Vision, technical expertise, exceptional service, and strong client relationships have always been at the forefront of Tighe & Bond’s mission.

Engineering News Record ranks Tighe & Bond a top 10 New England design firm, a top 500 national design firm, and a top 200 environmental firm. Building Design+Construction ranks Tighe & Bond one of the top 60 engineering firms in the United States, and Zweig Group has recognized Tighe & Bond several times as a “best engineering firm to work for” in the United States.

For more information, please contact Marketing/Communications Specialist Debbie Whitney at 413-572-3207, or email at DJWhitney@tighebond.com.



EBC Member Spotlight – Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.

Posted May 21, 2018 by

Announcing the new EBC Member Spotlight! Any EBC Member is welcome to fill out the Google Form for submission by following this link.

Company Description

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  We are a certified WBE, WBENC. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

2017-2018 Highlights

Lori Harrington is promoted to President of CAPACCIO

CAPACCIO is thrilled to announce the promotion of Lori Harrington to President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the firm.  Lori has been with us since 1999, and most recently served as Vice President of Operations where she has been successfully establishing operational processes and systems to deliver innovative solutions to our clients.  In her new role as President & COO, Lori will be leading the company in the execution of our vision to integrate strategy, technology, programs and systems to provide leading-edge Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) services for our clients together with the support of our vendors and partners.

Introducing our Strategic Solutions Team

Part of our new structure was to emphasize a core area of our company, which is the Strategic Solutions team.  This team is integral to our efforts of combining leading technologies, such as the EHS-DashboardTM, along with our proven EH&S expertise and services to design high-level EH&S solutions that focus on meeting our clients’ key business and EH&S objectives.

Cristina Mendoza to lead Strategic Solutions Team

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Cristina Mendoza from Environmental Scientist to Solutions Design Lead. Aligning with CAPACCIO’S mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” and its overarching goal of delivering high value total solutions to our clients, Cristina will play a key role applying her knowledge in EH&S, Sustainability and Management Systems as well as her experience utilizing CAPACCIO’s custom tools, web applications, and cloud-based solutions to develop strategic solutions which advance our clients’ EH&S and other programs.

Company Contact

Lucy Servidio, Senior Vice President

508.380.9217 // email

EBC Membership Directory Page

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.


NYSERDA and Normandeau Announce World’s Largest Offshore Wildlife Aerial Survey Off New York’s Atlantic Coast Reaches Halfway Point

Posted May 21, 2018 by

Survey Conducted Will Advance Responsible Development of Offshore Wind // Offshore Wind Supports Governor Cuomo’s Mandate for 50 Percent of State’s Electricity to Come from Renewable Resources by 2030

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Normandeau Associates announced that the halfway point has been reached in a comprehensive three-year study of wildlife resources being conducted off the Atlantic Coast. The data is helping promote environmentally responsible development of the state’s offshore wind resource while advancing New York’s development of 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind and establishing the state as a global hub for offshore wind.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Collecting this data is crucial in the state’s effort to provide regulators and offshore wind developers with new scientific data they can use to help avoid the areas that support the richest diversity of marine life. The aerial survey is one of the more than 20 robust studies the state has undertaken to demonstrate carrying out Governor Cuomo’s pledge that the offshore wind resource will be developed in an environmentally responsible manner.”

Halfway through this survey, which is the world’s largest and most detailed digital aerial survey of offshore marine and bird life, more than two million ultra-high resolution images of birds, sharks, sea turtles, fish and marine mammals have been captured, including two blue whales and six North Atlantic right whales. Tens of thousands of birds have been identified, including shearwaters, double-crested cormorants, petrels, gulls, terns and bald eagles. Hundreds of sharks and whales have also been recorded, as well as more than five thousand dolphins, by far the most common marine mammal in the project. Interesting spatial patterns are already emerging from the data

The research covers the New York Offshore Planning Area (OPA) – about 16,000 square miles of the New York Bight – larger than the state of Maryland. The OPA was identified by NYSERDA as an area of interest for potential development of offshore renewable energy projects. Data collected in the first year of the project helped support New York State’s effort to identify the area recommended to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BEOM) for consideration for siting new wind energy areas. The area recommended presents the greatest opportunity for cost-effective development, while also presenting the least conflict to ocean users, including wildlife. The data from the first two years is now being used by BOEM in their own assessment, enhancing the understanding of seasonal wildlife distribution.

A total of 12 ultra-high resolution surveys are being conducted off the East Coast by the environmental consultant Normandeau Associates in collaboration with APEM Ltd., a firm that specializes in ultra-high resolution offshore aerial surveys. The firm has now completed analysis of the sixth survey, marking the halfway point of the three-year project.

The survey supports Governor Cuomo’s mandate for half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable resources by 2030 and advances his State of the State commitment that New York to issue two solicitations in 2018 and 2019 to secure a combined total of at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind power.

The work is gathering the highest resolution images ever for a project of this scale, using the Shearwater III, APEM’s unique ultra-high resolution camera system. Each pixel corresponds to 1.5 centimetres on the ocean surface, with the images showing sufficient detail for taxonomists at Normandeau and APEM to identify the species of birds and marine animals captured on the images.

Once downloaded, each of the thousands of survey photographs is digitally processed to allow it to be viewed for the screening process. If an image is found to contain a point of interest, that target is extracted for further analysis, so taxonomists can identify the species before adding that result to the survey totals.

Julia Robinson Willmott, Senior Ornithologist at Normandeau said, “We are able to map each animal very precisely including determining the flight heights of birds. Some of the interesting behaviour we have observed includes predatory sharks controlling the configuration of large fish shoals.”

Robinson Willmott added, “Abundances of some species, especially birds, are massive but we are also finding rarer species such as the blue whale and whale sharks. Now at the halfway point, we’re looking forward to investigating what the remaining surveys reveal.”

To date, behavioural patterns include sharks circling large shoals of fish, a female dolphin with its calf, dense shoals of rays, sea turtles, and large numbers of individual sharks, including a huge basking shark.

In another world-first in aerial surveys of this nature, findings from the surveys are accessible to the public in near real time, via a website set up by Normandeau. As analysis of the data progresses, results are uploaded to an interactive website daily.

To read about the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, visit the NYSERDA website.


About Normandeau Associates Normandeau Associates is a national leader in environmental and regulatory consulting, serving private and public sectors in the United States and abroad with a full suite of services focusing on natural resources, fisheries, wildlife and habitats. For close to 50 years we have been known for practicing sound science and developing innovative solutions that are valued by our clients and respected by the regulatory and scientific communities. We have developed cutting edge scientific tools and technology to meet the demand for cost-effective ways to evaluate fishery and wildlife issues. Our staff have been involved in the offshore wind industry since the first projects were proposed in US waters and we have worked from all perspectives of the industry: supporting developers with resources investigations, conducting NEPA analyses, investigating innovative approaches to resource studies, and researching impact issues unique to the industry for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.