WIDE BEACH SUPERFUND PROJECT WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR "BEST TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT IN HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT"
WIDE BEACH SUPERFUND PROJECT WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR "BEST TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT IN HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT" PORTER, Ind., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Canonie Environmental Services Corp. (NASDAQ: CANO) announced that its subsidiary, SoilTech ATP Systems, Inc., has been selected to receive a national award for excellence in hazardous waste management. In a nationwide competition conducted by the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Wide Beach Superfund Project - Thermochemical Dechlorination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) was selected "Best Technology Development in Hazardous Waste Treatment or Site Remediation." The Wide Beach Superfund Project is the first successful commercial use of thermal desorption/dechlorination technology in the United States. Thermal desorption/dechlorination involves the on-site treatment of soils to destroy PCBs. In the process, contaminated soil is heated to desorb PCBs from soil particles. The desorbed vapors are recondensed, mixed with chemicals, and recycled through the SoilTech Anaerobic Thermal Processor (ATP) system. The process is able to prevent the formation of often toxic byproducts generated in the standard incerneration of PCBs. The thermal/chemical reaction achieved in the SoilTech ATP unit results in measurements in treated soils to undetectable levels, at a measurement limit of less than 70 parts per billion. The transportable SoilTech ATP unit started joint cleanup operations at the Wide Beach Superfund Site in October 1990. The project was successfully completed in September of 1991. The project entailed the excavation and treatment of 42,000 tons of PCB-contaminated soils at this lake-side community near Buffalo, N.Y. Between 1968 and 1978, nearly 41,000 gallons of PCB-contaminatd waste oil were applied to roadways in the community. Attention had focused on cleanup after a sewer line was installed, with excavated material used as fill throughout this residential community. This innovative technology attracted great interest and prompted visits from representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and delegates from the former USSR, Japan, United States and Canadian industries. The award for excellence will be presented at the upcoming HAZMACON conference in California on March 31 at the Long Beach Convention Center. HAZMACON is the nation's most extensive conference and tradeshow on hazardous materials management. The Wide Beach Superfund Project was selected by an independent jury of representatives from a range of business and governmental organizations. "The Wide Beach Superfund Project is a great example of new ideas that have been proven to work in solving hazardous waste problems. The lessons learned at Wide Beach have clear implications for soil cleanup around the country," said HAZMACON Conference Director Terry Bursztynsky. "We are certainly honored to have been selected to receive such a prestigious award. It is extremely gratifying for all of us at Canonie Environmental and SoilTech ATP Systems to help solve the environmental problems challenging us all. I believe this award is a tribute to our talented people and their special commitment with our clients in helping protect our environment," said Thomas A. Donovan, president and CEO of Canonie Environmental Services Corp. Following the Wide Beach Project, the SoilTech ATP unit was mobilized to the Waukegan Harbor Superfund Site just north of Chicago and has been achieving excellent operational results. At the Waukegan Site, the ATP system is thermally separating PCBs from contaminated soils and harbor sediments as part of the final remedial action being performed by Canonie Environmental. "After the first 30 days of operation at the Waukegan Site, the ATP system successfully decontaminated 6,194 tons of waste with PCB concentrations ranging from 2,400 to 23,000 parts per million (ppm). This repesents an average processing rate of 8.6 tons per hour and represents an on-line system availability of greater than 95 percent. We are unaware of anyone else in the industry that has demonstrated similar on-line performance capability," said John Noland, president of SoilTech ATP Systems, Inc. Canonie Environmental Services Corp. specializes in providing comprehensive design and construction services for the remediation of sites contaminated by hazardous wastes. The company has performed work at hundreds of sites nationwide, including the management and control of remediation activities at numerous Superfund sites. Canonie's multidisciplinary environmental specialists are committed to client service and a wide array of treatment technologies and construction techniques to meet the needs and solve the environmental problems of each individual hazardous waste site. Canonie's centralized philosophy, multiple technology capabilities, and on-site construction experience are unique to the remediation industry and allows the company to provide effective, flexible and comprehensive service to its clients to effect permanent solutions to their environmental concerns. -0- 3/19/92 /CONTACT: Curtis Jones of Canonie Enviornmental Services Corp, 219-926-8651 or John Noland, president of SoilTech ATP Systems, Inc., 215-992-0600/ (CANO) CO: Canonie Environmental Services Corp. ST: Indiana IN: SU:
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