In a 2011 article about Tetra Tech, a company hired by the BLM to prepare BLM Resource Management Plans and Environmental Assessments, it was revealed that Hugh Grant, the Chairman and CEO of Monsanto, is on Tetra Tech’s Board of Directors, and that Tetra Tech also has ties to mining interests.
In September, 2013, Tetra Tech was given a $48 million contract to help the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with it’s Superfund Program. Tetra Tech also received another contract in July, 2013, worth $50 million for “technical assistance” on Superfund sites.
In the EPA’s Superfund database, as of 2012, Monsanto is associated with 11 “active” Superfund sites and 20 “archived” sites in the United States. Monsanto has been sued, and has settled, multiple times for damaging the health of its employees or residents near its Superfund sites through pollution and poisoning.
Mining companies have also caused many Superfund sites.
It seems the polluters are now cleaning up on the cleanup.
An article by Zachs Equity Research stated “Leading technical services provider Tetra Tech, Inc. (TTEK) received a contract to provide technical support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (:EPA) regional Superfund Program. The five-year contract is valued at $48 million.
Per the EPA Region 5 Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (:START) contract, Tetra Tech will provide advisory and assistance services across six states — Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The company will be in charge of data management, emergency response support, emergency preparedness and prevention activities, removal actions, Superfund and brownfields site assessments and training.”
So, basically, who’s running the show? A private company.
Note that Tetra Tech is “IN CHARGE OF data management, emergency response support, emergency preparedness and prevention activities, removal actions, Superfund and brownfields site assessments and training.”
That sounds like Tetra Tech is doing almost everything, doesn’t it? So what’s left for the EPA to do? Twiddle their thumbs?
Government agencies are paying good salaries to employees in an economy where many Americans are out of work, then outsource agency work to outside companies for millions of dollars. It’s no wonder the government is going broke.
Also, if you look at some of the contracts Tetra Tech has received from U.S. government agencies in 2013, you might wonder if special interests could gain undue influence in critical environmental issues.