Special to Iredell Free News

EPOC Enviro’s first U.S.-built SAFF unit rolled off the production line earlier this month at its Mooresville location, launching a local supply of PFAS remediation technology for the U.S. market.

SAFF is an acronym for Surface Active Foam Fractionation, a patented process using the power of the rising air bubble to permanently remove 99-plus percent of harmful target PFAS contaminants from a range of water sources.

“PFAS contamination is the water quality issue of our time, and we are proud to be creating a sustainable solution exclusively for the U.S. market right here in Mooresville,” said EPOC Enviro VP for North America Shaun Melrose.

“In just seven months, we have recruited and trained an A-team of staff, established componentry pathways, and fast-tracked the manufacturing process to build our very first SAFF unit to meet rising demand for effective PFAS remediation solutions,” he said.

“This is a keystone moment in the evolution of the company. We have a great team of partners in place with our North American distributors Allonnia, and we’ve undertaken a highly productive knowledge-transfer process to ensure that our U.S.-constructed SAFF replicates the high quality of units being manufactured in Australia.”

SAFF technology has now remediated PFAS at more than eight locations throughout the U.S., a total of 26 locations around the globe and has successfully remediated more than 170 million gallons of impacted waters across three continents.

This technology stands out from other remediation approaches for its ability to separate and concentrate PFAS contaminants from a range of complex water sources, including groundwater, surface water, landfill leachate and industrial waste waters.

Research shows that 98 percent of Americans now have PFAS in their blood, raising global concerns about these “forever chemicals” and their characteristics of persistence, bioaccumulation, mobility, toxicity and their impacts on human health and the environment.

SAFF technology is a nature-based PFAS remediation solution that produces no waste, other than highly concentrated PFAS, ensuring zero environmental harm. The process can be readily paired with all known PFAS destruction technologies for complete and permanent PFAS eradication.

In addition to direct sales to market, EPOC Enviro has partnered with American companies Crystal Clean and Allonnia to deliver a compelling “closed loop” PFAS remediation and destruction solution known as 4never.

“Development of a local manufacturing capability will help to deliver real value for this important collaboration and promises much for the more challenging landfill leachate and industrial wastewater remediation markets,” Melrose said.