For Immediate Release
Portland, Maine (March 17, 2021) – Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies, Inc. (ECT2), a Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. company, announced today that its SuperLoading™ process has received a US patent. ECT2’s SuperLoading™ process is a next-level technology that enhances the company’s previously patented regenerable ion exchange resin technology by minimizing the volume of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) waste generated.
ECT2’s Senior Vice President (SVP) of Research and Development, Steve Woodard; Research & Development (R&D) Director, Mike Nickelsen; and, Process Design Leader John Berry, are the inventors of the SuperLoading™ process (Patent No.: (US 10,913,668 B2). As a pioneer in PFAS remediation, ECT2 continues to advance the practice with a continuous improvement approach and ongoing R&D investments.
“We developed the regenerable resin treatment technology back in 2015 to fill a void by providing a sustainable, cost-effective means of removing PFAS from water that would minimize the liability associated with ultimate waste disposal,” said Woodard. “ECT2’s SuperLoader™ concept became an integral component of the overall technology, creating an innovative means of dramatically reducing waste volume and facilitating reuse of the regenerant solution.”
Sites currently using the SuperLoading™ technology are operating at an approximate concentration factor of one million to one — for every million gallons of water treated, approximately one gallon of solid waste is generated. By sustainably removing and concentrating PFAS from water and recapturing the regenerant solution for reuse, the SuperLoading process allows ECT2 to offer an attractive long-term solution for PFAS remediation.
Since 2015, ECT2 has successfully treated over 6 billion liters of PFAS-contaminated water, while consistently meeting all regulatory compliance objectives.
ECT2, a Montrose Environmental Group company, is a leading provider of novel technologies for removing difficult-to-treat contaminants from water and vapor using a proprietary, cost-effective approach that leverages the properties of synthetic resins to enable efficient analyte removal and on-site regeneration. With successful applications deployed around the world for contaminants including 1,4-Dixone and per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in water, ECT2’s systems have achieved industry-leading uptime and deliver contaminant removal well below specified limits. Due to this advanced technology, ECT2 has been a recognized PFAS treatment leader since 2017. For more information, visit www.www.ect2.com.
PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industrial and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. Product applications featuring PFAS range from cookware, food packaging, and personal care products to industrial uses such as semiconductor coatings, firefighting aqueous film-forming foam, metal plating, and more. PFAS have been a growing public health concern, according to the CDC, because they do not break down in the environment, can move through soils and contaminate drinking water sources, and can build up (bioaccumulate) in fish and wildlife. According to the CDC, scientific studies have shown that exposure to some PFAS in the environment may be linked to harmful health effects in humans, including adversely affecting growth, learning and behavior in infants and children; lowering a woman’s chance of getting pregnant; interfering with the body’s natural hormones; increasing cholesterol levels; affecting the immune system; and increasing the risk for some cancers. For more information on health risks related to PFAS, please visit www.epa.gov/pfas.