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High-Hazard Remediation

SET Environmental provides proven and effective High-Hazard Remediation Services for customers nationwide. Our highly trained personnel use our specially designed technical procedures and equipment honed over the last 25 years — essentially making your high-hazard situation a routine project.

Our Stabilization Procedures

SET employs a combination of chemical engineering and hands-on experience when managing a vast range of high-hazard remediation issues, including: remote opening of pressurized cylinders and containers as well as on-site stabilization of potentially explosive chemicals. While many other environmental firms refuse to handle highly hazardous chemicals, we pride ourselves on meeting the challenges set forth by these unique opportunities. SET's High-Hazard Remediation Team chemically stabilizes reactive compounds once they have been remotely opened using acid base neutralization, oxidation reduction, hydrolysis, or addition of some diluent agent, such as dibutyl phalate.

Remediation Procedures

SET high-hazard specialists take great care removing any potentially explosive containers (PECs) and/or hazardous materials from a site. SET employs the following procedures:

  1. Don level B ballistic PPE, including level III Kevlar flak suit, nomex, SCBA, and aluminized Kevlar outer suit.
  2. Remove PEC from building, or if necessary prepare to remotely open container in situ. Transport container in nomex/Kevlar vessel.
  3. Remotely open container.
  4. Stabilize contents in situ, using above mentioned chemical treatment methodologies.
  5. Repackage stabilized compound for transportation and disposal at SET's Part B-permitted TSDF in Houston, Texas.

Highly Hazardous & High Energy Compounds

SET is experienced in managing a wide array of highly hazardous and high-energy compounds including:

Peroxide Formers

  • Isopropyl Ether
  • Tetrahydrofuran
  • 1,4-Dioxane

Organic Peroxides

  • Dibenzoyl Peroxide
  • Peroxyacetic Acid
  • Tert-Butyl Peroxyacetate

Reactive Materials

  • Water Reactive Materials
  • Strong Oxidizers
  • Pyrophoric materials such as Diethyl aluminum chloride

Shock Sensitive / Forbidden by DOT

  • Trinitophenol
  • Tetraethyl ammonium perchlorate
  • Picryl sulfonic acid
  • 2,4-Dinitrophenyl hydrazine
  • Ammonium nitrite
  • 2,2'-Azobis butyronitrile
  • Azodicarbonamide
  • Cuprous acetylide
  • Mercuric azide

Contact us for a complete list of peroxide formers and organic peroxides; self-reactive, temperature-controlled chemicals; explosive chemicals; spilled hazardous chemicals; and a list of poisonous gases.

Biological Agent Remediation

SET provides our biological agent identification either on site or once we receive the suspected material at one of our facilities. During the process, SET team members thoroughly analyze samples using polymerase chain reaction. If the result is positive, our personnel are mobilized to disinfect and decontaminate all affected areas. For negative results, the sample may be submitted to SET's forensic laboratory in Wheeling, IL to positively identify any number of highly hazardous substances, including:

  • Anthrax
  • Small Pox
  • Botulism
  • Plague

For a complete list of highly hazardous biological agents, please visit the CDC Web site at www.cdc.gov.

When we work with you on a high-hazard remediation project, SET can help you with the completion of all required shipping documents and transportation of waste, as well as disposal of decontaminated PPE and debris and other infectious materials and hazardous waste.