$3.3 million landfill job to EA Engineering


NASA has awarded a $3.3 million contract to EA Engineering, Science and Technology Inc. to close a landfill at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The contract, which will take eight months to complete, comes shortly after the Hunt Valley-based environmental remediation company completed a restructuring that included layoffs of 35 people and the removal of Edward V. Lower, its president and chief operating officer of four years.

The action, which left the company with 815 workers, was in reaction to increased competition in the environmental business and relaxed enforcement of environmental regulations.

"This is an important contract with NASA," said Loren D. Jensen, the company's president and chief executive officer. "This is a new client relationship for EA, and we hope to use our experience in landfill construction to provide NASA with a high-quality end product."

The company's stock yesterday was unchanged, closing at $4 a share.

Work on the 64-acre Schwartz Road Landfill will include construction of storm water management facilities, grading and landfill capping.

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