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PFAS and Emerging Contaminants Study and Pilot Test

Completing a bench scale study and an on-site, small-scale pilot test at an Ontario military base

  • Eastern Ontario

    Eastern Ontario

Pilot study to inform the remediation of PFAS-impacted groundwater and leachate

PFAS (per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) have been used in aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) since the 1960s. The extensive use of AFFF in fire-fighting applications has contributed to the widespread presence of PFAS in the environment including in soil, groundwater, surface water, and sediment.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND), needed someone to determine potential treatment options for PFAS in groundwater and leachate at an AFFF-impacted site. They reached out to our team to help.

We worked with Sanexen Environmental Services to conduct a bench scale study and on-site, small-scale pilot test at an AFFF-impacted former fire training area, located on an Ontario military base, to evaluate treatment options for groundwater and leachate impacted by PFAS. Our results indicated short-chain PFAS present the greatest challenges for remediation when using foam fractionation and adsorption-based technologies. We also found that background constituents and the presence of co-contaminants in both the leachate and groundwater treatment streams impacted the adsorptive media’s performance.

At the conclusion of the study and test, PWGSC received recommendations for pre-treatment and a conceptual pilot treatment system design that they can implement in the future.

At a Glance

  • PWGSC on behalf of the DND
  • Sanexen Environmental Services
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Tom MacNeil, Senior Associate, Business Center Practice Leader, Environmental Services

I strive to bring practical solutions to projects as a trusted partner. Success is a happy repeat client.
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Angus McGrath, Principal Geochemist

I believe in being open-minded about potential solutions, looking at alternative technologies, and finding the best solution for each site.

Stephanie Demers, Team Lead

My focus is developing conceptual site models for contaminated sites to support and design effective remediation and risk-management plans.

Sasha Richards , Environmental Engineer/Risk Assessor

My careful attention to detail allows me to successfully manage large and complex environmental programs.
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Tom MacNeil

Senior Associate, Business Center Practice Leader, Environmental Services

Angus McGrath

Principal Geochemist

Stephanie Demers

Team Lead

Sasha Richards

Environmental Engineer/Risk Assessor

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