July 2016

This month we highlight Enviropacific’s involvement with the treatment of PFAS nationally and updates on NSW EPA Waste Levy increases. Enviropacific’s National Petroleum Manager, Neil Taylor investigates risks posed by old fuel systems and the South Australian Country Fire Service takes delivery of donated firefighting equipment.

What’s happening in the world of PFAS?

Enviropacific’s Victorian Remediation Manager, Damien McKay recently visited the Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds in Palm Springs, California.

Hosted by Battelle, conference attendance consisted of scientists, engineers, regulators and other environmental professionals representing universities, government, site management and regulatory agencies, as well as R&D and manufacturing firms from more than 30 countries.

Damien reports: the Battelle conference presented state of the practice technologies and the latest innovations in the management and remediation of emerging contaminants, per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The clear message was that our understanding of these substances is in its infancy, with over 200 individual compounds now detectable, compared to a ‘standard’ analytical suite of 12-28 compounds. Many of these compounds are considered to be precursors to the more commonly known PFAS, such as PFOS and PFOA, and may represent an ongoing source of contamination post remediation if not managed in parallel.

Remediation technologies available in the US are generally no further advanced than in Australia, with significant representation of Australian remediation contractors and product vendors at the event.

Activated carbon adsorption is recognised as an effective and proven technology with some potential limitations. Alternative adsorption products were also on offer, but similar to carbon, these do not destroy the contaminants. Contaminant destruction using chemical oxidation has reportedly had some success in laboratory trials, but has yet to be effectively demonstrated in full-scale applications. Ex-situ thermal destruction has been demonstrated as being very effective for soil treatment across the full range of PFAS contaminants, and may also provide an effective treatment for spent adsorbents.

Enviropacific’s PFAS capabilities

Over the last few years Enviropacific has undertaken a number of laboratory trials and full-scale treatment of PFAS impacted soil and/or water.

To view our PFAS capabilities brochure, please visit our website.


ALGA PFAS Forum – Darwin

Enviropacific’s Technical Manager, Dr Annette Nolan, will be presenting at the ALGA PFAS forum in Darwin on 27 July.

Annette will provide an overview of the development and implementation of remediation options and technologies for PFAS impacted soil and water in Australia and internationally.

For more information about this event, visit the ALGA website.

 


Enviropacific Waste Services manage NSW EPA levy increase

NSW State Government EPA Waste Levy increase sees industry-wide rise in operational costs.

One of the NSW Government’s key priority actions is to increase recycling to limit the need for new landfills, reduce landfill disposal and turn waste into valuable resources.

The Government has a range of policies in place to increase recycling and divert valuable resources from landfill back into the economy.

From the 1st of July 2016, Enviropacific will incur increases in its operational costs due to higher labour rates, higher equipment costs and increases in the NSW State Government EPA Waste Levy.

“We have endeavoured to absorb some of these increases and minimise the effect wherever possible, and we will continue to look for alternate treatment options with more cost effective outcomes to offset future increases”.

– Murray Lynch, General Manager, Enviropacific Waste Services.

For a list of these price increases and more information on the EPA Waste Levy please visit the NSW EPA website. For more information on Enviropacific Waste Services offerings and capabilities, visit our website.


South Australian Country Fire Service takes delivery of donated equipment

During the demolition of a large fuel storage facility in Birkenhead, South Australia the Adelaide Enviropacific team collected all of the redundant firefighting equipment which was subsequently donated to the local Country Fire Service (CFS). 

“The CFS were very appreciative of Enviropacific’s gesture, stating it was uncommon for industry to think of a good end use for this type of equipment.”
says Brian Campbell, Enviropacific’s Technical Operations Manager.

“The SA CFS is most grateful for the generous donation of surplus firefighting resources that have been received as a donation from Enviropacific Services.

These resources have been provided to our State Training Centre and equipment such as hoses and fire extinguishers will be evaluated for use and then where appropriate complement the resources that are used extensively and regularly to train the volunteers of the SA CFS.”

– Lee Watson, Director Operational Infrastructure and Logistics, South Australian Country Fire Service.

Approximately 50% of the items donated will be put into active service after
re-certification, and the balance will be utilised at the CFS Training Facility.


“Old fuel systems often pose modern risks”

Enviropacific’s National Petroleum Manager, Neil Taylor, reports in the Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association’s (ACAPMA’s) ‘ACAPMag’.

Thirty years ago, fuel tanks consisted of single walled steel, galvanised steel pipework and predominately suction pumps.

If installed correctly and in the right conditions these systems would operate without any significant issues provided they were regularly inspected and maintained.

Unfortunately, many of these systems are still in operation today despite nearing the end of their useful life. The most worrying aspect is the fact that these systems remain in operation at a relatively large number of service station sites around the country.

Read the full article.