Innovative Technologies to Treat Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Landfill Leachate

Investigator: Clarkson University

Start Date:
February 2020

Award Amount:

Disposing of leachate-containing per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is one of the most pressing issues surrounding the operation of landfills due to limited destructive technologies and high disposal costs. This proposal will build on successful preliminary results with two destructive PFAS technologies, electrical discharge plasma (EDP) and electrochemical oxidative filtration (EOF) with further bench-scale testing so these technologies can be scaled for field applications.

There are two overall objectives of this work:

  1. Measure PFAS destruction in leachate using two novel treatment processes: EDP and EOF.
  2. Use the information obtained in Objective 1 to prepare a detailed feasibility assessment of the two technologies for treating leachate and develop an on-site pilot-scale demonstration plan.

Final Report