Lancaster environmental services firm Ecology & Environment stepped in to help clean up the environmental damage caused by the Persian Gulf War almost a quarter century ago.
And now, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling on top diplomats from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to urge those nations to pay the roughly $6.9 million that they still owe E&E for the work the company did in the aftermath of the war.
E&E still is owed $4.4 million by Kuwait and $2.4 million by Saudi Arabia, nearly five years after it completed its work on those projects, and Schumer said the outstanding debt is placing a financial burden on the Lancaster company that could threaten some of its 235 employees in Erie County.
“Ecology & Environment cleaned up post-war environmental damage in oil-rich Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and they deserve to be paid now – not stonewalled for five long years by mid-level bureaucrats in a way that puts jobs back home at risk,” Schumer said in a statement.
The Kuwaiti debt stems from a contract E&E received in 2010. The Saudi debt involves work that E&E did under a contract it received in 2004 and completed in January 2006.