TRC Consults On Proposed Environmentally Friendly Cape Wind Project

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 01:00

TRC Companies, Inc. creates and implements sophisticated and innovative solutions to the challenges facing America's environmental, energy, infrastructure, and real estate markets. It has announced the recent completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) prepared for the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) for the first proposed offshore wind energy project in the U.S. The report reveals that the project would have miminal impact on the environment.

The release of the FEIS moves the Cape Wind Project, a proposed 130-turbine wind farm off the shore in Nantucket Sound, Mass., closer to federal approval. The project would generate a maximum of 454 MW of electricity - enough to generate an equivalent of 75 percent of Cape Cod's electricity needs.

TRC assisted in the preparation of the 2,800-page FEIS, detailing potential impacts the wind farm would have on more than 25 environmental and societal resources including historical and cultural life, marine life, birds, navigation and tourism. The impact statement provides detailed descriptions of the proposed action, including construction, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning plans; existing environmental characteristics of the project area; potential impacts of the project; locations and descriptions of the alternatives considered; and analysis of cumulative impacts. The FEIS ends with a presentation of the impact avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures considered for the project. The MMS is responsible for reviewing the impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to assess potential impacts and consider alternatives.

More information about the FEIS and the Cape Wind project can be found by visiting the MMS website at: http://www.mms.gov/offshore/AlternativeEnergy/CapeWind.htm.

TRC Companies, Inc. announced that it won two Environmental Business Journal 2008 Business Achievement Awards. The annual awards program recognizes firms' specific projects that are significant in the advancement of the environmental industry.

TRC earned a "Technology Merit" award in the Clean Energy & Climate Change category for the completion of the critical issues review portion of the largest proposed wind farm project to date in New England.

TRC conducted extensive field studies of the site for the proposed Kibby Wind Power Project in Franklin County, Maine, including the wind turbine generator sites and the proposed transmission line. TRC helped the client through a complex permitting process, ultimately resulting in unanimous approval of the project. Construction of the facility began in September 2008.

TRC also earned a "Project Merit" award in the Remediation and Restoration category for the successful execution of an Exit Strategy®contract with Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc. The $103 million project involved the assumption of liability and responsibility for the decommissioning, abatement, demolition and environmental remediation of the 9.2-acre First Avenue Properties in Manhattan. TRC removed over 100 thousand tons of non-hazardous soil and delivered the soil for beneficial reuse as approved sub-grade structural fill for large landfill projects, more than 1,000 tons of soil contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), 100 tons of lead-contaminated soil and more than 200 thousand gallons of oil-contaminated water.