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Note 3 - East Tennessee Materials and Energy Corporation ("M&EC") Facility

Note 3 - East Tennessee Materials and Energy Corporation ("M&EC") Facility
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Notes to Financial Statements  
Property, Plant, and Equipment and Intangible Assets [Text Block]
East Tennessee Materials and Energy Corporation (“M&EC”) Facility
During the second quarter of 2016, the Company’s M&EC subsidiary was notified by the lessor that the lease agreement which M&EC currently operates its Oak Ridge, Tennessee facility would not be renewed at the end of the current lease term ending January 21, 2018. In light of this event and our strategic review of operations within our Treatment Segment, the Company is proceeding with a plan to shut down its M&EC facility located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at the end of the lease term. Operations at the M&EC facility are continuing during the remaining term of the lease and the facility has begun the process of transitioning waste shipments and operational capabilities to our other Treatment Segment facilities, subject to customer requirements and regulatory approvals.
Simultaneously, the Company has begun required clean-up/maintenance procedures at M&EC’s Oak Ridge, Tennessee facility in accordance with M&EC’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) permit requirements. As a result of the Company’s decision to shut down its M&EC facility, the Company’s financial results were impacted by certain non-cash impairment losses, write-offs and accruals as described below.
The Company performs its annual intangible test as of October 1 of each year. As permitted by ASC 350, “Intangibles-Goodwill and Other,” when an impairment indicator arises during an interim reporting period, the Company may recognize its best estimates of that impairment loss. The Company performed a discounted cash flow analysis prepared as of June 30, 2016 for M&EC’s intangible assets (permits), utilizing our best estimates of projected future cash flows. Based on this analysis, the Company concluded that potential impairment existed and subsequently determined that the permits for our M&EC subsidiary were fully impaired, resulting in an intangible impairment loss of approximately $8,288,000 which was recorded in the second quarter of 2016.
M&EC is required to complete certain clean-up/maintenance activities at its Oak Ridge, Tennessee facility pursuant to its RCRA permit. The extent and cost of these activities are determined by federal/state mandate requirements. The Company performed an analysis and related estimate of the cost to complete the RCRA portion of these activities and based on this analysis, the Company recorded an additional $1,626,000 in closure liabilities during the second quarter of 2016 with the offset to capitalized asset retirement costs, as reported as a component of “Net Property and equipment” in the Consolidated Balance Sheet.
In accordance with ASC 360, “Property, Plant, and Equipment,” the Company also performed an updated financial valuation of M&EC’s long-lived tangible assets, inclusive of the capitalized asset retirement costs, for potential impairment. Based on our analysis using an undiscounted cash flow approach, the Company concluded that the carrying value of certain tangible assets (property and equipment) for M&EC was not recoverable and exceeded its fair value. Consequently, the Company recorded $1,816,000 in tangible asset impairment loss in the second quarter of 2016. The Company reevaluated the estimated useful lives of the remaining tangible assets and as a result of this analysis, reduced the current estimated useful lives of these assets ranging from 2 to 28 years at June 30, 2016 to 1.6 years. Accordingly, the Company is depreciating the carrying value of M&EC’s remaining tangible assets of approximately $4,728,000 at June 30, 2016 over a period of approximately 1.6 years to the lease expiration date.
In the second quarter of 2016, the Company also wrote-off approximately $587,000 in fees previously incurred relating to emission performance testing certification requirement in order to meet state compliance mandate in connection with certain M&EC equipment which was impaired (see above for discussion of impairment loss recorded for M&EC’s tangible assets). Such amount had been previously included in “Prepaid and other assets” on the Consolidated Balance Sheets.
During the first nine months of 2016 and the corresponding period of 2015, M&EC’s revenues were approximately $3,458,000 and $5,225,000, respectively