Bay West Pioneers Military Site PFAS Destruction in Collaboration with General Atomics

Bay West embarks on a groundbreaking venture in collaboration with General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) to lead innovative, applied research on eliminating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at Department of Defense (DoD) sites. Bay West is poised to shape the landscape of PFAS management under this applied research contract with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), emphasizing on-site efficiency and real-world implementation of PFAS destruction technology.

Bay West employees on-site working to eliminate PFAS.

Bay West takes the lead as the small business prime contractor to bring a key element of this project to the table, GA-EMS’s advanced Industrial Supercritical Water Oxidation (iSCWO) system for the complete destruction of PFAS. Bay West is spearheading this critical mission to validate iSCWO’s viability and effectiveness for real-world DOD applications.

Bay West’s research confronts the unique PFAS destruction process complexities and environmental challenges head-on. The emphasis on proving the effectiveness of the GA-EMS iSCWO system to completely destroy PFAS underscores the project’s importance in establishing a reliable, on-site technology for eliminating these persistent contaminants without producing emissions that may require additional management.

Bay West will work under this ERDC research contract to deliver a comprehensive analysis, shedding light on the iSCWO system’s efficiency in eliminating PFAS from military waste streams. Bay West engineering tackles the critical question of whether lifecycle operations for the iSCWO system are efficient and cost-effective for PFAS destruction in various materials.

The innovative iSCWO system that GA-EMS developed introduces a paradigm shift in eco-friendly PFAS destruction by not using or producing toxic chemicals, by-products, or post-treatment materials. This shift in remedial technology is achieved by operating at high temperatures (650°C) and high pressure (3,400 pounds per square inch) to break down PFAS material.

The on-site destruction of PFAS eliminates any potential for future contamination. Bay West is excited to research a true final destruction solution for these persistent chemicals of concern.” - John Glabach, PE, PMP, Bay West CEO

Bay West staff Paul Donovan takes baseline samples of the PFAS-containing Aqueous Film Forming Foam.

About Bay West

Bay West is a nationally recognized environmental consulting and remediation company headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bay West’s involvement in nationwide PFAS investigation / remediation projects and cutting-edge technology advancement initiatives through ERDC has positioned us as a leading industry expert. Our past and present experience includes partnership in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s PFAS Stakeholder Advisory Group, operation of 13 water treatment plants in large-scale remediation efforts, and management of the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF’s) longest-running PFAS pump and treatment system at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. By deploying innovative techniques, such as the first ever passive flux meter measurement, we validated treatment system effectiveness and demonstrated the reliability of PFAS flux meters. Bay West’s commitment to provide research, operational optimization, and transparent engagement with key stakeholders has fostered trust and paved the way for impactful partnerships with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Engineering Command, USAF, and Air Force Civil Engineer Center, setting the stage for future collaborative endeavors in PFAS remediation.

About General Atomics

General Atomics, headquartered in San Diego, develops innovative technologies to create breakthrough solutions supporting operational environments from undersea to space. From electromagnetic, power generation and energy storage systems and space systems and satellites, to hypersonic, missile defense, laser weapon systems, and organic waste destruction systems using iSCWO, GA-EMS offers an expanding portfolio of capabilities for defense, government, and national security customers. GA has been working with iSCWO for more than 25 years and has been selling them commercially for organic waste destruction since 2014.

About the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

The ERDC is an integral component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and helps solve our nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, DoD, civilian agencies, and our nation’s public good.



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