Company claims the system can process asbestos into an inert construction aggregate.
The waste management technology developer ARI Technologies Inc., Kent, Wash., has been awarded patents for its system and method for treating asbestos in the United States and Russia. The company notes that additional patents are currently pending in Europe, Australia, Japan and Korea.
According to an ARI release, the company’s process, called the Thermochemical Conversion Technology (TCCT), converts asbestos into an inert, non-toxic, asbestos-free, recycled, construction aggregate. According to ARI, the technology can be employed for a cost comparable to that of land disposal in some regions, and ARA says the process costs less than half that of other available processes that claim waste destruction. The company adds that the process immobilizes toxic metals and radioactive elements and destroys other hazardous wastes such as PCBs.
The U.S. EPA granted ARI a national operating permit in the United States for asbestos and PCBs. The technology is listed as a candidate for "Best Available Technique" in the European Union.
The company notes that it uses the energy contained in the asbestos waste to support its process. ARI has successfully destroyed thousands of tons of asbestos using TCCT for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Energy and for several private entities.
According to Dale Timmons, a principal of ARI and the inventor of record, "ARI is currently negotiating deployment of the technology with multiple U.S. and European entities."