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Licensee Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about Becoming a METS Licensee:
  1. Who can be a METS User Licensee?
  2. What are the benefits of becoming a METS User Licensee?
  3. How reliable is the METS processing equipment?
  4. How does my business qualify to become a User Licensee?
  5. How much does it cost to become a User Licensee?
  6. Is financing available?
  7. As a User Licensee what would be my business' ongoing relationship with EarthWorks?
  8. What if I am dissatisfied with METS?

 

Questions about Becoming a METS Licensee:
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1. Who can be a METS User Licensee?

There is a wide variety of companies who could benefit by becoming a METS User Licensee. These include:

  • Existing environmental contractors, including consulting and engineering firms directly involved with remediation of contaminated soils.
  • Contractors involved with removal and replacement of underground storage tanks.
  • Contractors in the earthmoving, demolition or similar businesses.
  • Large companies such as utilities, railroads, ports, oil companies, chemical companies, and heavy manufacturing companies, that have extensive landholdings subject to contamination
  • Landfill disposal sites.
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2. What are the benefits of becoming a METS User Licensee?

A User Licensee receives access to, and training in, the METS soils remediation process. The Licensee is also permitted to acquire one or more of the METS soil remediation processing machines. Finally, the Licensee may obtain remediation products and services at attractive prices, which make it possible to conduct successful remediation projects. Such projects may be conducted on land owned by the Licensee, or on property owned by others. A single license covers an entire company, corporation or organization.

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3. How reliable is the METS equipment?

The METS remediation process equipment is composed entirely of components already in common use in the mining, soil processing and agricultural industries. In some cases, these components have operating histories that encompass decades. As a result, there are no "bugs" to be worked out, no unproven mechanical or computerized components that may fail when put to extensive, commercial use. The designers of METS have even ensured that parts are readily available, often from multiple sources, to handle normal wear-and-tear.

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4. How does my business qualify to become a User Licensee?

You will be asked to complete a simple application (which may be waived in the case of large, well established businesses). The purpose of the application is to ensure EarthWorks that your business has the capabilities, skills and/or background to properly deploy and operate METS. Given the simplicity of METS, the minimum requirements to be a User Licensee are modest. However, EarthWorks reserves the right to deny issuing a User License to a business based on a failure to meet these requirements.

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5. How much does it cost to become a User Licensee?

If you don't already have our current pricing sheet, request one from EarthWorks. The EarthWorks pricing plan makes it very easy and very affordable to become a User Licensee, and to acquire the equipment and products you need to begin work. Our goal is to make it possible for you to essentially "recover" your initial investment out of the savings and/or profits from remediating your first few thousand yards of contaminated soil. We do not know of any other generally available and standardized remediation system or technology that can be acquired for a price that is even remotely competitive with the EarthWorks offering.

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6. Is financing available?

We do not currently have a standard financing package available. We are, however, willing to work with individual businesses on a case-by-case basis, to help arrange financing if needed. Financing arrangements made directly with EarthWorks will generally include relatively short terms, and will be secured not only by the equipment but also by proceeds, if any, from the first project(s) undertaken by the User Licensee.

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7. As a User Licensee what would be my business' ongoing relationship with EarthWorks?

EarthWorks is dedicated to doing what is necessary to make sure your remediation projects are successful. We have created the METS system with that goal in mind. That system includes assistance and direction with your analysis of specific remediation projects, including testing of soil samples. The system also includes a growing data base of information on remediation projects using METS and on decontamination products (i.e., reagents and biological cultures) available from EarthWorks or from EarthWorks approved suppliers. We will train you in the use of resources such as these, to plan and conduct remediation projects. We will even, for a modest fee, provide you with specific project plans, arrange for laboratory testing, and perform other services that you cannot, or do not wish to, perform yourself.

In return for making these resources available to you, we require that you provide us with data on each of the projects you conduct using METS. This data is incorporated into our data base for the benefit of all User Licensees.

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8. What if I am dissatisfied with METS?

Unlike some other remediation technology companies, we are not trying to make our profits from the initial sale of equipment and operating licenses. Our business success depends on your being satisfied with the results from using METS. If for any reason, you are dissatisfied with METS and/or for any reason want to terminate your User License, you are free to do so. The only condition is that you properly dispose of your METS remediation equipment (which you may not use without a valid license). If you are unable to sell or transfer this equipment to another User Licensee, we will purchase the equipment according to the terms of the User License Agreement. There's no need to worry about what to do with METS remediation equipment you can no longer use.

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