Capabilities | Pollution Prevention and Remediation

Geotechnical Site Characterization Services

ARA owns and operates a 20,000-square-foot facility in Panama City, Fla., which includes a microbial biodegradation laboratory with wet chemistry and media preparation capabilities, an analytical laboratory, and a fabrication and demonstration high bay.

The laboratories are equipped to conduct biodegradation testing, ion exchange resin testing and regeneration, thermal treatment, catalytic evaluations, and supercritical and hydrothermal oxidation testing.

The analytical laboratory is equipped with a Dionex DX-500 Ion Chromatography, an HP Series 1100 HPLC, an HP 5890 Series II GC, an HP 6890 GC with MS, and necessary support equipment.

  • Biodegradation of Perchlorate-Contaminated Wastewater from Gunpowder Manufacture Biodegradation of Perchlorate-Contaminated Wastewater from Gunpowder Manufacture
    • Demonstrate the feasibility of treating wastewater from gunpowder manufacturing using the patented ARA biodegradation process
    • Design, engineer, install and startup a system capable of treating up to 5,000 gallons per day
    • Improve treatment system to be low-cost, robust and simple to operate
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  • Biodegradation of Perchlorate-Contaminated Wastewater from Rocket MotorsBiodegradation of Perchlorate-Contaminated Wastewater from Rocket Motors
    • Transition the R&D prototype into a full-scale industrial treatment process
    • Demonstrate the performance of the biodegradation process at ATK-Thiokol, Promontory, Utah
    • Optimize performance and treatment cost
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  • Groundwater Remediation using a Low-Cost, Regenerable, Perchlorate Ion Exchange Process (Patent Pending)Groundwater Remediation using a Low-Cost, Regenerable, Perchlorate Ion Exchange Process (Patent Pending)
    • Demonstrate a regenerable, perchlorate-selective ion exchange process capable of removing perchlorate to < 4 ppb
    • Demonstrate an efficient regeneration technique with the goal of limiting spent regenerating solution to < 0.05% of the treated groundwater volume
    • Demonstrate effective destruction or removal of perchlorate in the spent regenerating solution to enable discharge or reuse
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  • Demonstration of a Low-Cost, Regenerable, Ion Exchange Process to Remove Perchlorate from Drinking WaterDemonstration of a Low-Cost, Regenerable, Ion Exchange Process to Remove Perchlorate from Drinking Water
    • Demonstrate performance of the Weak Base Anion (WBA) resin technology for drinking water treatment in the state of California
    • Coordinate the demonstration with the California Department of Health Services (DHS)
    • Acquire data necessary to apply for a Domestic Water Supply Permit (DWSP)
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