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IFAT 2016: econ industries shows how to remediate industrial waste and contaminated soil

IFAT 2016: econ industries shows how to remediate industrial waste and contaminated soil

From May 30th until June 3rd econ industries will present its method for remediation of contaminated soil at the IFAT – World’s Leading Trade Fair for Environmental Technologies in Munich (Hall B3, stand 251). The technology favoured by the cleantech company from Starnberg is vacuum distillation. The VacuDry® technology was specifically developed in-house to completely remove hazardous contaminants from soil, including mercury, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) or total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH).
In Europe contaminated soil is usually disposed of at permanent landfills for hazardous waste or recycled thermally in rotary kilns with a huge energy expenditure and at high temperatures. Apart from problems such as land consumption and the possibility of contamination of groundwater and air, this approach has another serious disadvantage; the contaminated soil needs to be transported – sometimes even all across Europe.
An example for a better way is econ’s cooperation with the French energy company AREVA in Miramas, a small town in Southern France. A vacuum distillation plant has cleansed roughly 70,000 tons of soil which was primarily contaminated with mercury, PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) and aromatic nitrogen compounds until fall 2015.
Especially the project in Miramas, France has shown that a technology which is thorough, economical and environmentally friendly has always a chance, when decision makers also take into account the interests of residents and the environment, and not just the sheer costs of disposal. Therefore, companies, authorities and politicians can be convinced of the benefits of VacuDry®-technology at IFAT 2016.

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