Integrated Environmental Services, Inc. (IES)

Integrated Environmental Services, Inc. (IES)

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Our experience and leadership, excellent client relationships and outstanding reputation are our strengths. All of this and more has placed us as one of the most respected environmental firms in the world.

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Technologies for the on-site remediation of high hazard waste.

Technologies for the on-site remediation of high hazard waste.

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IES is an inventor and innovator of the most advanced equipment used in the environmental remediation community. We hold 30 patents related to remediation, reclamation, and processing of high hazard materials.

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Compressed Gas Cylinders

Compressed Gas Cylinders

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Handling waste compressed gas cylinders poses unique hazards and challenges associated with the chemical composition of each gas, the energy of compression, and the capability of a gas to move and flow freely when not contained.

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Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management

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"In response to the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHC) standard IES has developed programs designed to prevent or minimize the consequences of catastrophic releases of HHCs.

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Ozark

This particular project was one of the most difficult that IES has ever undertaken.  In the history of environmental remediation, it is unlikely that this number and variety of highly hazardous materials has ever appeared at a single location for management under a single project.

New site ownership resulted in the closure of the Ozark Fluorine facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Over the decades, Ozark Fluorine had been involved in extensive research and production of an extraordinarily wide variety of fluorinated  and reactive compounds.  Many of these compounds were highly hazardous, very powerful oxidizers capable of serving as rocket fuels.  Site closure required the disposition of more than 1,200 cylinders containing these dangerous materials, some of which were one-of-a-kind experimental compounds.  Many of the cylinders were in poor condition and presented inoperable valves.

Given the hazard level, IES developed several unique approaches to the management of the target cylinders.  Nineteen cylinders of the shock sensitive rocket fuel, tetrafluoro-hydrazine (N2F4) required disposal.  To manage this task safely, IES used a remote opening device and developed a specialized converter that allowed for controlled conversion of the target gas into inert nitrogen and carbon tetrafluoride.

In addition to a wide array of fluorinated chemicals that were handled, a number of charged chlorine trioxide chemical reactors were also decommissioned using a proprietary process developed to control heat generation during the chemical neutralization process.  Some of more commercially valuable products were sent to qualified end-users and recycled in this manner in an effort to minimize waste and reduce project costs.

The project lasted approximately 8 months and was executed without a single accident, injury, or uncontrolled release.