With Per-and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) an emerging contamination issue affecting many communities across Australia, our new PFAS team have quickly established themselves at the forefront of research and innovation for remediation of contaminated sites.
PFAS substances contain strong chemical bonds and are extremely hard to break down and therefore very difficult to clean up. While they’ve been progressively phased out in Australia since around 2010, PFAS can still be found in many products and locations today – including fire-fighting foams, Teflon, Scotchguard, clothes, carpet, landfill, sewage treatment plants and industrial surface coatings.
Meet problem-solvers John and Annette (pictured), part of the enterprising team of engineers, scientists and researchers who are working together in a newly established lab in Newcastle, Australia to fight these contamination issues.
The team’s flagship project is the development and design of an innovative, proprietary PFAS soil washing technology.
The Ventia Laboratory is a hub for internal research and treatability trials, providing more opportunities to support our clients and lead the charge for the innovative and safe treatment of PFA contaminants.
John and Annette, along with colleague Charles Grimison, were recently acknowledged for their innovative approach in Ventia’s inaugural ‘Our Values Award’.
A further feather in their caps, the team was also awarded the 2018 Research & Development grant from the Australian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA), to further investigate PFAS contamination measurement.
Read more about our PFAS capabilities.