Defense Awards Grant to Regenesis Team

The Defense Department's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program awarded an $89,000 grant to Regenesis, URS Corporation, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to evaluate the utility of geophysical imaging tools for investigating the performance of bioremedial soil amendments.

Regenesis will administer the grant and manage transfer of the technology, if successful.

The study will be conducted at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., the oldest continuously active Air Force military installation, home to the 90th Space Wing and Headquarters, 20th Air Force, of Air Force Space Command.

URS Corporation is completing a groundwater cleanup on the base using Regenesis’ Hydrogen Release Compound (HRC®), an enhanced bioremediation technology that accelerates the natural breakdown of a range of chlorinated contaminants, including perchlorate and nitroaromatic explosives, into harmless byproducts such as ethene and ethane.

"The site is a challenging one, with a heterogeneous subsurface geology that includes extensive fine-grained, low-permeability materials," said  Robert Kelley, vice president of Technology Development at Regenesis and principal investigator on the new grant. "The study will evaluate how multiple geophysical imaging methods—seismic, radar, and electrical---can be used to verify the placement and subsurface distribution of soil amendments," he added.

San Francisco-based URS Corporation provides engineering, construction, and technical services for public agencies and private-sector clients around the world, with annual revenues of $7.6 billion. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) in Berkeley, Calif., has been a leader in science and engineering research for more than 70 years. LBL is the oldest of the country's national labs and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy.

San Clemente, Calif.-based Regenesis has been advancing the state of the art in the environmental industry since 1994 with technologies that significantly reduce the cost, time, and difficulty of restoring contaminated soil and groundwater.

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