Advantage Engineers was retained by Susquehanna Regional Airport Authority to assist with a ground breaking environmental pilot study. Advantage is providing their expertise in hydrogeological site characterization and remedial system design to support the study for a perfluorinated compound (PFC) groundwater treatment system.
The pilot study treatment system is one of the first of its kind specifically designed to treat PFC groundwater contamination related to use of fire suppression foam historically used regularly at airport and military facilities. PFCs are gaining national attention as a recognized contaminant affecting human health concerns related to PFC contaminated drinking water supplies, with particular attention to perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
The pilot study, which is currently underway at the Harrisburg International Airport, utilizes granulated activated carbon (GAC) units containing coal derived and coconut derived carbon. If deemed successful, the pilot system will remain online for interim treatment until a larger scale system is developed.