A 2006 GLOBE award winner
Courtesy of Ivey International Inc.
The GLOBE Corporate Award for Technology Innovation and Application is presented is to a company that has demonstrated outstanding technical ingenuity in the development and/or application of an innovative technology or process with a significant environmental application.
This year’s winner, Ivey International Inc., has developed a surfactant remediation technology (Ivey-sol®) solution that has proven to be both a rapid and cost-effective method for site clean-up for clients around the world.
The Ivey-sol® Surfactant Technology is a patented Selective Phase Transfer Technology, that can desorb contamination for both soil and groundwater remediation; including contaminates such as hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, heavy metals, PCB’s, and PAH’s among other contaminants. The non-ionic surfactant formulations can selectively desorb and liberate contaminants making them more Hydraulically-Available for In-situ pump and treatment (P&T) type processes, more Bio-Available for bioremediation process (In-situ and Ex-situ), and more Chemically-Available for chemical oxidation or reduction type processes (In-situ and Ex-situ).
The net result is that contaminants become more readily available for extraction and treatment, improving opportunity for both in-situ and ex-situ remediation type processes. The complete remediation solution has been demonstrated successfully in Canada, United States, and other countries internationally. More than 95% of small to medium sized sites in less than 18 months, with many concluded in less than one calendar year, not bad compared to the North American average of four to seven years.
A recent Brownfield project application involved treating 80,000 cubic meters of bunker-C contaminated soils in northern Spain. It took just 10 months, recovering more than 30,000 litres of product which was resold by the client for a profit. Canadian clients have included: Major Petroleum Companies, Mining Operations, Hazardous Waste Facilities, Large Utilities, Banks, Environmental Consulting Firms, and Environmental Contractors.
With interest from the oil and gas, chemical, and hazardous waste industries, Ivey-sol has taken its Canadian innovation abroad.
The company is currently undertaking projects in: Canada, Holland, Spain, and the United States, and is establishing distribution agreements internationally.
The GLOBE Awards are proud to recognize this Canadian technology and innovation, and hope to see continued success from this industry leader.
Thermodynamics of Low Eh Reactions
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Reductive Biotransformation of Explosives Compounds in Groundwater
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Compilation of EU Dioxin Exposure and Health Data
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Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF): Pollution Prevention for the Pulp and Paper Industry
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Halogenated Volatile Organic Compounds
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Waste Generation and Management
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Obsolete Pesticides--An Ongoing Dilemma
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Planning a Centralized Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility -- An Operator's Perspective
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Quality Assurance Guidance for Conducting Brownfields Site Assessments
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All Waste is not created equal
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Mercury Emissions From The Disposal of Fluorescent Lamps
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Printing Industry - Pollution Prevention Guidelines
Introduction Pollution Prevention Guidelines to provide technical advice and guidance to staff and consultants involved in pollution-related projects. The guidelines represent state-of-the-art thinking on how to reduce pollution emissions from the production process. In many cases, the guidelines provide numerical targets for reducing pollution, as well as maximum emissions levels that are normally achievable through a combination of cleaner production and end-of-pipe treatment. The guidelines are designed to...
Principles of Waste Avoidance and Utilization
The minimization of wastes requiring disposal is increasingly important as available disposal options become more and more constrained, and particularly as more substances enter everyday use which are not readily decomposed in the natural environment and which can present long term hazards. This note sets out some basic principles for waste minimization in industrial processes, where `minimization` is taken to include avoidance of the generation of wastes where practical and the productive utilization of any...
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Slurry Phase Biological Treatment
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Removal of Lead from Gasoline
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Comparative Risk Assessment
` Comparative risk assessment provides a systematic way to compare environmental problems that pose different types and degrees of health risk. It combines information on the inherent hazards of pollutants, exposure levels and population characteristics to predict the resulting health effects. Using data from available sources, rapid, inexpensive comparative risk assessments can identify the most significant health problems. Together with consideration of costs, technical feasibility and other factors, the...
Common Treatment Train for Fuels
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Common Treatment Technologies for Nonhalogenated SVOCs in Ground Water, Surface Water, and Leachate
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Common Treatment Technologies for Halogenated SVOCs in Soil, Sediment, and Sludge
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Properties and Behavior of Radionuclides
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Integrated Environmental Management in a German Brewery
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Common Treatment Technologies for Inorganics in Soil, Sediment, and Sludge
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Ex Situ Physical/Chemical Treatment for Soil, Sediment, and Sludge
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In-well Vapor Stripping - Technology Overview
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Hazardous Waste Identification Studies
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Air Sparging - Technology Overview
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Horizontal Wells - Technology Overview
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