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EPA Awards $17 Million Cleanup Contract to Minority Business

Release Date: 7/17/2000
Contact Information: Ruth Wuenschel, (215) 814-5540

Ruth Wuenschel, 215-814-5540

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of a $17 million contract to a minority environmental consulting firm, Resources Applications, Inc. of northern Virginia.

The contract was awarded during a signing ceremony held today in EPA’s Washington headquarters and presided over by EPA Assistant Administrators Romulo L. Diaz, Jr., head of the contracting and procurement office and Timothy Fields, Jr., head of national Superfund cleanup and waste management programs. RAI president, Dr. Tara Singh, represented the Northern Virginia company which is a small and disadvantaged business enterprise.

Under its new contract with EPA, RAI will provide technical services to support EPA’s mid-Atlantic region in the investigation and cleanup of hazardous waste sites and oil spills, primarily in Virginia. The five-year contract also provides for work in other parts of the EPA region which covers Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The contract is one of a number of contracts identified by EPA under its Contracts 2000 initiative to enhance opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses. RAI won the EPA contract in direct competition with other small business firms.

EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional office located in Philadelphia has geared its efforts toward awarding more contracts that are smaller in contract value. This provides greater flexibility to EPA contract and site managers in their cleanup efforts while providing greater opportunities for small businesses. Under Contracts 2000, EPA expects to award one third of its Superfund contracts to small, disadvantage, or women-owned businesses.