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Nicole Bolea
Nicole Bolea

Business Development Manager

Nicole Bolea is a professional engineer with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She began her career in the water industry designing biological wastewater systems focusing on nutrient removal. Moving from design to sales, she has supported all areas of the US and Canada. Nicole led the commercialization team at an advanced electro-oxidation technology company, where she used both her chemical and environmental background to better understand the technology and help bring it to market. Recently, she has joined ECT2 in a Business Development role and is excited to help provide solutions related to PFAS, 1,4-Dioxane, and other emerging, difficult to solve, contaminants.


Successful Pilot Test for Treating and Recycling Fire School Simulator Water

Historical fire training activities used aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) containing per and poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These activities contaminated infrastructure, including open?air evaporation ponds for wastewater generated during fire training. The most significant challenge involves the removal of non-PFAS constituents, especially the foam-forming chemicals, foam boosters and biodegradable organic compounds. ECT2 was able to test in a lab various treatment technology capable of removing the contaminants of concern, namely PFAS, surfactants, dissolved organic carbon (DOC), biodegradable organic carbon, total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), oil, grease and inorganic contaminants such as iron and suspended solids. The technologies evaluated included foam fractionation, dissolved air flotation, ozonation, activated persulfate oxidation, coagulation/flocculation/sedimentation, back-washable granular activated carbon (GAC), ion exchange resin, membrane filtration and chlorine disinfection. Numerous tests were required to develop the most effective, and cost effective, combination of treatment technologies. This presentation will discuss the benefits and concerns with each technology.

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