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New EPA Contracts Could Bring $35 Million to Omaha Lead Cleanup

Release Date: 03/20/2007
Contact Information: Debbie Kring, (913) 551-7003,

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(Kansas City, Kan., March 20, 2007) – Two contracts that could mean more than $35 million over the next three years to remove lead-contaminated soil in Omaha have been awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 office in Kansas City, Kan. The contracts provide for removal of lead-contaminated soils that pose a human health risk and restoration of properties to the condition they were in before removal.

The contracts include incentive payments for customer satisfaction and commitment to the local community. To earn the maximum incentive, a minimum of 50 percent of the project dollars must be invested into the local community. Support of local businesses through the rental/purchase of goods and services, and jobs for Omaha residents are some of the investment considerations.

“EPA is committed to ensuring that the Omaha community receives as much benefit as possible from these contracts,” said John B. Askew, EPA Region 7 administrator. “So we structured the contracts to include incentives that reward the contractors’ commitment to the local community. We also wrote the contracts to stress good customer service—completing each property cleanup quickly, with minimal disruption to affected families.”

The contractors, Prudent Technologies, Inc. of Kansas City and Coastal Environmental Group, Inc. of New York, are certified Small Business Administration (SBA) small disadvantaged minority-owned businesses. Prudent Technologies’ base contract provides capacity to clean up an estimated 100 properties for $1.5 million with three options this year for 100 properties each. Coastal’s contract has a fixed price of $1.2 million for an initial 100 properties, with options for up to 300 additional properties this year. Each contract has two additional option years.

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