The Environmental Technology Centre (ETC) of
deals with the measurement and analysis of a wide variety of
organic and inorganic compounds in diverse sample matrices,
the cleanup of leaking hazardous waste sites, and the response
to pollution emergencies such as oil and chemical spills.
ETC provides the technical research and development to support
the technologies for pollution assessment and
as well as other activities. Following are some of the ways
ETC is involved in keeping our earth clean...
EED recently designed and built a mobile soil treatment station to
demonstrate soil washing technologies for contaminated site cleanup.
The unit was created as part of the Canada-Ukraine
Environmental Site assessment and Remediation Project
(EARP) which provides the Ukraine with modern Canadian technologies and
methods for environmental investigation and cleanup.
The Microwave-Assisted Process Division
The division is responsible for the activities associated with the
environmental protection applications of MAP, such as the
analysis of contaminated material and the
removal of contaminants from soil, as
well as clean industrial process applications such as the extraction of high
The MAP technology uses microwaves and solvents which are
relatively transparent to microwaves to extract chemicals from various matrices.
The applications of the technology are many, including a rapid sample preparation method for
the analytical laboratory and a cost effective replacement for conventional
industrial extraction processes. For further information on MAP, see the
process overview slideshows
and also the biennial report.