Corrpro is applying its knowledge about electrode behavior, gained through its many years of experience in cathodic protection and through strategic relationships, to removing certain contaminants in soil. This Electroremediation decontamination process uses direct electrical current to remove certain contaminants from soil.
Electroremediation decontamination requires the placement of cathode and anode electrodes in the contaminated soil, and a direct current flow to carry the contaminant to either the anode or cathode, depending on the type of contaminant being removed. The electrodes are designed to enable the removal of the contaminant for treatment or proper disposal. The process does not require that the soil be removed from the site, and could cost about ten times less than treatments that do. The process was developed and patented by Professor Ronald Probstein at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MIT has granted Corrpro the exclusive rights to market and implement the process. Corrpro engineers, Walter Young and John Wagner, have already worked with clients to remove solvents from soil at plant sites, and are currently operating a demonstration facility in Jersey City, NJ designed to remove hexavalent chromate from the soil.