LA RONGE, SASK. — A bioremediation project in Saskatchewan has won an Association of Consulting Engineering Companies — Canada (ACEC) award of excellence.
PINTER & Associates Ltd., based in Saskatoon, won in the environmental remediation category for their Enhanced Anaerobic Bioremediation project.
The PINTER team sought to tackle the problem of abandoned gas stations and the environmental risks they can pose to a community. The team was asked to remediate a station in La Ronge, Sask. That had approximately 3,000 cubic metres of gasoline-impacted soil and groundwater. Stations like this are often abandoned as the cost to remediate them is often more than the property value itself, especially in rural Canada.
PINTER was able to combat this by developing and implementing a highly cost effective enhanced anaerobic bioremediation program. This saved the client 90 per cent compared to a conventional excavate and replace approach, states a release. PINTER’s approach was applauded by the ACEC jurors for being less infrastructure intensive than other existing approaches and for generating fewer green house gases.
Following the remediation, the client received government approval to sell the land without environmental liability.
“We are honoured to receive a national 2018 CCE award of excellence, making PINTER & Associates Ltd. a three-time recipient,” said Lawrence Pinter, PINTER president, in the press release. “We wish to express sincere thanks to ACEC, CCE magazine, and acknowledge the many contributions to sustained success by our clients, employees and subcontractors.”
The award was part of the association’s 2018 Consulting Engineering Awards held in Ottawa. The awards are presented to projects by Canadian firms that showcase the most exceptional engineering feats.
“We not only celebrate this year’s incredible projects, we celebrate the extraordinary work of consulting engineers over the past 50 years and the important role they have on the social, economic and environmental quality of life of all Canadians,” said ACEC president and CEO John Gamble at the event.