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Blake Beckstrom
Blake Beckstrom

Specialist Engineer

Blake is a licensed professional chemical engineer with over 35 years of experience in all areas of process design for a wide variety of chemical and industrial plants.  Areas of expertise include thermal waste treatment, flue-gas cleaning, waste water treatment, coal gasification, sulfur recovery units, coal- and oil-fired electric power plants, environmental audits and assessments, and feasibility and economic studies. He is also experienced in project and technical group management, permitting, operator training, plant start-up, and operations.  He regularly attends and chairs sessions at technical thermal waste treatment conferences, is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Incineration (IT3-HWC), and the Coalition for Responsible Waste Incineration (CRWI).  He received a Distinguished Service Award from IT3-HWC in 2015. 

Blake received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Utah.  Over his career, he has worked for Ford, Bacon & Davis (FB&D), UPRI, Redd Engineering, Foster Wheeler Corp., Amec Foster Wheeler and now Wood.


Thermal Treatment for Reclamation of Contaminated Sediments

Contaminated sediments directly affect commerce and economic development, establish long term liabilities and compromise the watershed.  Accepted practice for remediation of contaminated sediments after dredging has been to either relocate them or bury them at sites determined to minimize health impacts and remove the material from public view. However, the potential for health and environmental risks of the contaminated sediment remain.  A new treatment process was tested using Passaic River sediments. In this process a mixture of sediment and modifiers were charged to a rotary kiln that operated at temperatures between 2,500 - 3,000 °F.  The sediment-modifier mixture was chemically and thermally transformed to a homogeneous, pozzolanic, glassy melt. Organic toxins were destroyed.  Inorganic contaminants (including metals) were immobilized within the melt matrix.  Flex and compression tests showed that the product exceeded requirements for Portland cement. 

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