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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Hydrogen cyanide

hydrogen-cyanideHydrogen cyanide (or hydrocyanic acid) is a highly toxic and flammable chemical which becomes increasingly unstable as it ages past its 90-day shelf life. Aside from the extreme toxicity which places hydrogen cyanide on the list of chemical warfare agents, its tendency to undergo a rapid exothermic auto-polymerization followed closely by explosive rupture of its containing cylinder. In 2010, a research laboratory located at the US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground was destroyed when a single cylinder of hydrogen cyanide detonated without warning. For these reasons, hydrogen cyanide presents some special and unique hazards to those charged with safely moving or disposing of this material.

In the past, the primary means of managing these cylinders was to simply detonate them in place. This option, however, carries with it the need for widespread evacuation of surrounding areas, does not do a good job of destroying the harmful cyanide molecule, and is not considered an acceptable approach from either an environmental or human safety standpoint.

IES has developed several very successful chemical neutralization techniques for safely moving and neutralizing hydrogen cyanide in field situations. Due to the unstable and explosive nature of hydrogen cyanide cylinders, all of our processes involve remote handling. Here in the United States, we have deployed our Phoenix blast-resistant system to several locations for processing HCN cylinders within a secure mobile containment. Most recently, IES deployed our remote processing system on an emergency response action in Dublin, Ireland involving seven large cylinders containing several hundred pounds of product that had been in storage for several decades. Plans to detonate the material at a military range were cancelled when the operation met with enormous protests from people living near the range and along the planned transport route. IES successfully destroyed the contents of all seven containers in a non-stop effort spanning several days.

IES offers a proven method for managing aged hydrogen cyanide cylinders in the safest manner possible.

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