December 1, 2021

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Savron/Geosyntec Project Wins 2021 Project of the Year Award Awarded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program of the U.S. Department of Defense.

A project led by Savron's Dr. David Major received the 2021 Project of the Year Award from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

The project, "A Demonstration of Smoldering Combustion Treatment of PFAS-Impacted Investigation-Derived Waste," showed that smoldering removes per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from investigation-derived waste (IDW) to below detectable limits. In addition, the project improved our understanding of the fate and mass balance of PFAS during its thermal decomposition.  The addition of small amounts of calcium oxide enhanced PFAS decomposition.  The award was presented at the SERDP and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Annual Symposium, held from November 29 through December 3, 2021.

David Major is a Senior Principal based in Ontario with over 30 years of experience focused on negotiating, managing and directing the development and deployment of cost-effective remediation strategies and technologies for challenging contaminated sites associated with Fortune 500 companies. He is the Managing Director of Savron, a Geosyntec Company, and has pioneered and commercialized remediation technologies, including smoldering combustion.  Dave was the Principal Investigator for this project to demonstrate the application of STAR smoldering combustion to treat PFAS compounds in soil and spent activated carbon.

The project was supported by Savron and Geosyntec staff, including Gavin Grant Ph.D., P.Eng (Ontario), David Reynolds, Ph.D., P.Eng (Australia), Laura Kinsman (Ontario), Joshua Brown (Ontario), and Alexandra Duchesne (Ontario), as well as by J.I. Gerhard and Brian Harrison of the University of Western Ontario, Canada and by K.P. Weber and David Patch of the Royal Military College of Canada.

The SERDP and ESTCP Symposium focuses on research and solutions for DoD's priority environmental and installation energy issues. It brings together environmental and installation energy researchers and technology developers with the defense end-user and regulatory communities to showcase cutting-edge technologies and ideas. This year, the Symposium will be held online and offers 20 technical sessions and 400 technical posters and many short courses and networking events.

SERDP-ESTCP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by other federal and nonfederal organizations. SERDP invests in research and development to develop solutions to environmental challenges. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness. ESTCP is DoD's environmental technology demonstration and validation program. The program aims to identify and demonstrate the most promising innovative and cost-effective technologies and methods that address DoD's high-priority environmental requirements.

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