Heritage-Crystal Clean and Battelle will collaborate on the destruction of PFAS

ELGIN, Ill. and COLUMBUS, Ohio —Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCCI) and Battle will join forces to address one of today’s most daunting environmental challenges: the removal and destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from wastewater.

Battelle has selected Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. (Crystal Clean) as its partner to use, market and service Battelle’s PFAS destruction technology for commercial applications. Crystal Clean will use these key technologies in its own wastewater treatment plants and in third-party landfills, wastewater treatment plants and other commercial applications. Crystal Clean will also work with Battelle for use of the technology on other sites and for other applications.

Battelle’s PFAS Annihilator™ uses supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) to destroy PFAS in industrial wastewater, landfill leachate and other contaminated waters. It is a market leading solution for the removal and destruction of PFAS in waste treatment facilities.

“The properties of PFAS are unique – they are oil and water repellent, temperature resistant and reduce friction – which makes them extremely difficult to remove,” said Amy Dindal, Battelle PFAS program manager. “Unlike other treatment methods that can displace PFAS, such as incineration or filtering, Battelle™ Nullifier breaks the carbon-fluorine bond and destroys PFAS.

For Brian Recatto, CEO of Crystal Clean, the need to add PFAS destruction capabilities for his business came from his customers. “We take calls all the time asking if we can help get rid of PFAS,” he said. “We are a leader in wastewater treatment and we need to implement rapid and large-scale solutions so that we can solve this critical problem in order to prevent harm to human health or the environment. We look forward to working closely with the experts at Battelle to commercialize and implement this breakthrough technology. »

The implementation of this PFAS destruction solution is timely given the intent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as defined by its PFAS Strategic Roadmap initiate the development of rules to limit releases of PFAS from industrial sources.

About Heritage-Crystal Clean

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. provides parts cleaning, used oil refining, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste services primarily to small and medium-sized manufacturers and other industrial companies as well as industry customers. vehicle maintenance. Our service programs include parts cleaning, containerized waste management, used oil collection and refining, sewage vacuuming, waste antifreeze collection, product recycling and sale, and field services. These services help our customers manage their used chemicals and their liquid and solid waste, while helping them to minimize their regulatory constraints. Our customers include small to medium-sized manufacturers, such as metal fabricators and printers, and other industrial companies as well as companies involved in vehicle service operations, such as car dealerships, workshops auto repair and trucking companies. Through our used oil re-refining program in fiscal year 2021, we recycled approximately 66 million gallons of used oil into high-quality lubricating base oil, and we are a supplier to companies that produce and market finished lubricants. Through our antifreeze program in fiscal 2021, we recycled approximately 3.9 million gallons of used antifreeze that was used to produce a full line of virgin-grade antifreeze products. Through our parts cleaning program in fiscal year 2021, we recycled 2 million gallons of used solvent into virgin-grade solvent for reuse by our customers. Additionally, we sold 0.5 million gallons of used solvents to the reuse market. Through our containerized waste program in fiscal year 2021, we collected 21,000 tonnes of regulated waste that was sent for energy recovery. Through our sewage vacuum services program in fiscal year 2021, we treated approximately 49 million gallons of sewage. Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois and operates through 91 branch offices serving approximately 95,000 customer locations.

About Battelle

Every day, the people at Battelle apply science and technology to solve what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and provides essential services to government and commercial customers. Based in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.