Thermal Desorption Solution for Per-and Polyfluoralkyl Substances (PFAS) in Soils
Robert Martin, Technical Manager, Clean Earth, Inc.
Thermal technology has been used effectively and safely for many decades to treat a variety of
organic contaminants found in soil. This presentation will discuss the steps that lead to the
RD&D of PFAS-contaminated soil and driving factors within the State; and the research and
development results utilizing thermal desorption as a viable technology to remove PFAS
from soils. Effectiveness of the technology, potential factors influencing the technology
effectiveness, and factors requiring further investigation will be discussed.
Mr. Robert Martin is a member of the thermal desorption treatment technologies group at Clean Earth based in Fort Edward, New York. Robert has helped develop per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Research, Development, and Demonstration Permits (RD&D) for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the successful completion of Clean Earth’s first RD&D on PFAS contaminated soil and compost. This RD&D development is inclusive of the protocols for soil and emissions testing to verify system efficiencies. Robert has been directly involved with the thermal treatment of two million tons of soil at fixed facility location and portable treatment operations. Project soil contaminants include asphaltic materials, conventional fuels, creosote, energetics, explosives, manufactured gas plant waste, PCB’s, pesticides, and PFAS.