New thermal treatment removes emerging contaminants from soil

Consultancy Jacobs says it has successfully removed emerging contaminants per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from soil, using a new thermal treatment process

Firefighters battling a fire
PFAS are used in firefighting foams

Consultancy Jacobs says it has successfully removed emerging contaminants per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from soil, using a new thermal treatment process.

PFAS have a broad range of uses, including in fire-fighting foams, textiles, food packaging, detergents, cosmetics and grease and dirt-repellent surfaces. They are toxic, bioaccumulative and persistent in the environment. Many are water soluble and prone to soil leaching and can pollute rivers and groundwater.

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