Novel processes that clean contaminated sites

Novel processes that clean contaminated sites

Western University technology that wipes out soil pollutants is now marketed around the world
March 12, 2013

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities estimates that for every $1 invested in brownfield redevelopment, an average of $3.80 is invested in the Canadian economy.

Former industrial, commercial or institutional properties, brownfield sites contaminate up to 25 percent of the country’s urban landscape. At the CFI-funded RESTORE lab at Western University, engineers have developed a novel method for cleaning up these sites. The process quickly and efficiently destroys contaminants such as creosote, coal tar, oils and petroleum hydrocarbons, targeting them where they lie in the soil.

Employing 55 people in Guelph, Ont., global engineering company Geosyntec has commercialized the technology through one of its subsidiaries and is marketing it around the world.