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The Environmental Technology Centre (ETC) of Environment Canada 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 decontamination, as well as other activities. Following are some of the ways ETC is involved in keeping our earth clean...


Mobile Soil Treatment Cleaning up
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.


MAP Division 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 value-added products. 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.


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