Soil Treatment Site in Yellowknife
Biogenie recently inaugurated a soil treatment facility (STF) for contaminated soil on the premises of Yellowknife’s municipal landfill site. Built as a partnership with the City of Yellowknife, the STF will improve the contaminated soil management practices at the landfill site while providing a proven, cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable treatment solution, mainly for petroleum hydrocarbon-impacted soil. As it hosts a lagoon, the STF is also permitted to accept and treat contaminated water or snow.
This is the company’s first facility in northwestern Canada.
Once deposited on the impermeable treatment pad, the soil is remediated, within a two- to three-month period, by means of a biological treatment process, “ex situ Biopile”. Biological treatment consists of the rapid growth of specific micro-organisms, naturally present in soil or groundwater, that have the ability to degrade organic contaminants. Optimum conditions for the biodegradation process are created in the Biopile by controlling parameters including oxygen level, nutrient concentrations, moisture content, pH level, temperature, etc.
Biogenie specializes in the remediation of contaminated sites, and currently operates eight other treatment facilities: six in Canada, one in France and one in the United Kingdom. Since 1993, Biogenie has successfully remediated over 2.5 million tons of contaminated soil using its biological treatment process in its off-site treatment facilities. Contaminants include a wide range of petroleum hydrocarbons and other organic materials.
Biogenie is an international environmental firm. In addition to its headquarters and office in Quebec City, the company has offices in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Paris and London, as well as seasonal offices in Yellowknife and Iqaluit. Consolidated sales last year were $50 million.