PWT Awarded EPA Regions 5 & 6 Unified Regional Oversight

September 30, 2015 – Pacific Western Technologies Ltd., is awarded a five-year Unified Regional Oversight Contract  for Regions 5 and 6 by U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The contract is to provide technical support to EPA in fulfillment of its responsibilities for oversight and enforcement of both CERCLA and RCRA activities at active, closing, former Federal facilities, or non-Federal facilities.  Project locations may include Base Realignment and Closure installations, and Formerly Utilized Remedial Action sites, and non-Federal sites.  Work will be performed in Regions 5 and 6 which consist of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Total ceiling for this five-year contract is $9.0 million.

FHWA Awards PWT Road Inventory Contract

August 26, 2015 – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) awarded Pacific Western Technologies Ltd. (PWT) a 5-year road inventory contract at total contract value of $3.2 million. Since 2004, PWT has been providing data collection, database administration and quality assurance support, Geographic Information Systems support, and reporting quality assurance support for EFLHD Roadway Inventory Program (RIP).  The EFLHD established the FHWA RIP and began collecting a complete inventory and condition assessment of roads, parkways, and parking areas within the National Park Services (NPS) road network. Condition assessments are also conducted on other EFLHD Partner Agency Roads, including Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Forest Services, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Army Corp of Engineers, and some state department of transportation. PWT road inventory crew uses a fully equipped data collection vehicle to collect road condition data on paved Partner Agency routes.

 

PWT RAC Extension

July 27, 2015 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund Division announced today, it is extending its Remedial Action Contracts (RAC) and Regional Oversight Contracts (ROC) with nine of its current contractors for a period of one year, with two one-year options.  The purpose of this extension is to allow EPA time to implement its new Remedial Acquisitions Framework (RAF).  Only a small portion of current existing contracts, 9 out of 31, are being extended.  PWT is among the nine contractors selected and was initially awarded the 10-year RAC contract in January, 2006.

 

EPA Hardrock Minining Conference

PWT’s Ram Ramaswami and John DeAngelis recently presented technical posters at the 2012 EPA Hardrock Mining Conference in Denver Colorado.  Ram presented on the Pilot Treatment System featuring a biochemical reactor for treatment of mine-impacted waters at the Standard Mine site near Crested Butte, Colorado.  John’s presentation addressed implementation of in-situ remediation of mine tailings-impacted soil and re-vegetation at the California Gulch site near Leadville

PWT President and Co-Founder Inducted into Colorado’s Women’s Hall of Fame

Pacific Western Technologies co-founder and Board Chair, Ding-Wen Hsu, has been selected to be honored in Colorado’s Women’s Hall of Fame for her work as a business leader and her multi-cultural community support in Colorado. Ms. Hsu shares this honor with a number of notable Colorado women including Molly Brown and Mamie Eisenhower. This honor is given to recognize diverse accomplishments that include leadership, entrepreneurism, humanitarian advocacy, and artistry.

Hsu’s work includes co-founding the International Multi-Cultural Institute that exists to promote harmony, eliminate prejudice and discrimination, combat community deterioration, and defend human and civil rights. As part of her passion for community work, Ms. Hsu also created the two-day Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, an inclusive celebration of Asian culture through visual, culinary and performing arts.

Ms. Hsu and her husband, Dr. Tai-Dan Hsu, co-founder and CEO of PWT, are both strong supporters of cultural diversity, opportunity, and education. They work to share these principles with all those touched by their business and in the expansion of their inclusive community.

EQCC Award Presentation to PWT

Mr. Bill Pancake of Pacific Western Technologies, Ltd and Colonel John D. Keenan, Deputy Garrison Commander at Fort Carson, Colorado

Award for Excellence presentation made to Mr. Bill Pancake of Pacific Western Technologies, Ltd by Colonel John D. Keenan, Deputy Garrison Commander at Fort Carson, Colorado on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Environmental Quality Control Committee quarterly meeting.

“Mr. John William (Bill) Pancake of PWT, Ltd. had just taken over as the new Facility Manager of the HMCC. He had several tasks ahead of him to become compliant with Federal and Local environmental regulations.
These tasks would normally require numerous funds to accomplish however, Mr. Pancake accomplished this through a total revamping of his supply warehouse and system of conducting business.
Within 60 days, Mr. Pancake was able to become completely compliant with the required Federal and Local regulations without the use of any additional funds.
Soldiers have been immensely satisfied with the better customer service and layout of the establishment. His actions have reduced the wait time for units picking up products, reduced the imminent environmental impacts in case of a spill, and created a sustainable workable environment for his employees. He has also become more accountable for the products in stock and free issue.
He has shown that a business can operate successfully, when done right the first time”.
Mr. Brad Camp, Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division Support Branch Chief, Fort Carson, Colorado

PWT helps develop database to support regulation decision-making

PWT participated in the development of a cutting-edge database tool for environmental investigation and remediation support in collaboration with the URS Corporation, the General Services Administration, and Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.

The Integrated Environmental Data Management System (IEDMS) was developed for the GSA at the Denver Federal Center (DFC) to perform a suite of data management and analysis functions. The most unique of these functions is the ability to clarify regulatory decision-making with data that are at or below reporting limits.

Environmental investigation and remediation can generate massive amounts of data that must be managed and analyzed to support regulatory decisions regarding environmental cleanup levels. A complex challenge common to types of projects involves data levels that are above minimum detection limits (MDLs) and below reporting limits (RLs). This can leave a regulatory “gray area” where the data aren’t verifiable enough to substantiate cleanup. The IEDMS was created to be able to verify this type of data.

The DFC’s unique manufacturing and research history, combined with its current potential for use, resulted in the challenge to process and analyze difficult-to-characterize data that would satisfy stringent regulatory criteria. The IEDMS provides data verification and analysis at the lowest limits of data detection to enhance complex regulatory decision-making at the DFC.

Two years of collaboration among the developing parties resulted in the creation of logic flow chart software that verifies data to a degree that “off-the-shelf” environmental data management products can’t. After verification, the system can then manage and analyze the data to support the DFC’s regulatory remediation parameters.

In addition to its primary function, the IEDMS also allows users to produce data reports from common pre-programmed queries, run statistical calculations from single sampling events to multiple time/set parameters, identify geographic data relationships and support GIS shapefiles to assist with geographic services support, and produce a variety of custom graphics and reports that can be exported into other commonly used applications.

Ding-Wen Hsu

Hsu is a businesswoman, and leader of Colorado’s Asian and Pacific Island communities. She is president of Pacific Western Technologies Ltd., an information technology, environmental/facility management services company. Hsu was the founding mother of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, designed to build bridges of awareness, knowledge, and understanding between the diverse Asian Pacific communities. She also is co-founder of the International Multi-Cultural Institute. Hsu has endowed a scholarship, along with her husband, at Regis University to assist low-income Asian students. She is a National Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, and created the Asian and Pacific Islander Emerging Leaders Program.

Ding-Wen Hsu Inducted in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame:

Ding Wen Hsu has been inducted to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.  Read here about the article they wrote about Ding…

Hsu is a businesswoman, and leader of Colorado’s Asian and Pacific Island communities. She is president of Pacific Western Technologies Ltd., an information technology, environmental/facility management services company. Hsu was the founding mother of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, designed to build bridges of awareness, knowledge, and understanding between the diverse Asian Pacific communities. She also is co-founder of the International Multi-Cultural Institute. Hsu has endowed a scholarship, along with her husband, at Regis University to assist low-income Asian students. She is a National Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, and created the Asian and Pacific Islander Emerging Leaders Program.

Follow Your Heart:

Ding-Wen Hsu laughed when asked how she felt about being a role model.

“I never thought of it as doing anything but following my heart,” Hsu said.

She has been involved in the Chinese- and Asian-American communities for more than 30 years. Hsu is a mentor for the Colorado Chinese Youth Foundation; a national fellow of Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, an organization that provides training for female community leaders; and the co-founder of International Multi-Cultural Institute, a nonprofit that promotes understanding and interaction among various cultures.

A former principal of the Colorado Chinese Language School, Hsu said she was inspired to make changes to provide a fun environment for learning. She did not like watching her own children dread going to the school.

But despite all of her many accomplishments, Hsu said co-founding the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is her favorite. She calls it her third child.

“It is like I gave birth to a kid and watched it grow over the years,” she said. “The committee still call me mom.”

The annual festival was attended by more than 120,000 people in 2010, and attendance grows every year. It is the largest Asian-American and Pacific-Islander event held in Colorado. Hsu said organizing the festival has helped her learn how to work with people. With the right people and the right combination of people, great things can be accomplished, she said.

Hsu said she might have a knack for finding special talents in people, but credits her teams and pursuing her passions for her success.

“I didn’t think anything I had done was worth mentioning. It is not just me. I have always had a team,” Hsu said.

She encourages people to follow their hearts and pursue their passions even though they might be afraid at first.

“Have the courage to step out of your comfort zone,” she said. 

EPA Extends Contract

PWT, a Colorado company headquartered in Wheat Ridge, has been awarded the 5-year contract option period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 Remedial Action Contract 2 (RAC2).  The $233‑million, 5-year base-period and 5-year option-period contract for environmental remediation services was awarded in 2006.

“We are pleased to continue our professional relationship with EPA with the extension of this contract,” said Ding-Wen Hsu, PWT owner, “and we appreciate EPA’s efforts to support small business on this type of procurement.”

During the 5-year base period, PWT has provided technical and management services on 23 Work Assignments for environmental cleanup and oversight at Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as Superfund) sites throughout EPA Region 8, which includes Colorado, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, and Region 9 crossover work in California.  Contract work also supports states and communities in preparing for responses to releases of hazardous substances, as well as counter-terrorism.

This work includes the following projects:

  • PWT implemented a remedial action for a 3-year, $6.6 million project on a mine-tailings site in Leadville, Colorado. PWT was the prime contractor for implementation of a of first-of-its-kind in-situ remediation of large areas of mine tailings, and acquisition and management of construction subcontractors.
  • PWT finalized the performance-based design and implemented remedial action for a pump-and-treat system to treat contaminated groundwater on a $4.7 million project near Bountiful, UT.  The system consists of four extraction wells, 7,000 feet of groundwater extraction piping, and a treatment system using activated carbon.
  • PWT provides technical oversight services for the remedial action at a complex, urban industrial waste site contaminated with waste oils disposed in large waste pits on a $2.2 million project near Fresno, California. Work included review of all technical design and remedial action plans, soil and groundwater sampling, waste pile excavation and cover construction, and soil vapor extraction and vadose zone monitoring.
  • PWT developed remediation alternatives for the Record of Decision, prepared cost estimates for the preferred remedy,  and provided extensive community involvement, regulatory negotiations, and sampling evaluation on a $370K project at an abandoned mine/smelter site near East Helena, Montana.