Revisiting Historical Field Data to Uncover Embedded Trends That can Predict the Outcome of Current Remedial Projects
DeepEarth Technologies, Inc., (DTI), is a technology development and turnkey field applications company specializing in adapting chemistry at the molecular level, to the in-situ conversion contaminants to safe non-toxic byproducts. Since its inception over two decades ago, DTI has kept records of nearly all its field applications and has continuously evaluated the results in effort to better understand our technology and determine if inherent trends were imbedded that could be relied upon to predict the outcome of future field applications.
In 1999, based upon a small number of successful applications performed at facilities contaminated with herbicide/pesticides, we were invited to treat a facility contaminated with Silvex (2, 4, 5 – trichlorophenol). At the height of the Vietnam War, large quantities of this herbicide were deployed by airdrop, to defoliate jungle terrain. Because of the high demand for this product, it was reported that unrefined (impure) shipments, containing toxic halogenated manufacturing byproducts were shipped overseas (with some accessing the domestic U. S. market). This unrefined product was identified as Agent Orange.
Our in-situ success at directly converting this potentially toxic cocktail to carbon dioxide and chloride ion was described by US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) personnel as, “phenomenal!” After one application, the site was granted closure by the State Regulators of Record. This was the premiere event that initiated our study to determine if there were characteristics embedded in the technology that when understood, would allow us to predict the outcome of field application events.
The presentation will reveal a series of field applications (both halogenated and hydrocarbons), that allow us to identify and track certain markers common to all applications of the technology. The understanding of these nuances can now enable us to provide expectations as to the outcome of the remedial endeavor.