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Emerging Contaminants

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Tetra Tech leverages our best-in-class environmental management resources and Leading with Science® approach to provide cutting-edge consulting and engineering services for emerging contaminants.

Our industry-leading scientists, technicians, engineers, and public outreach specialists provide research and development, water quality characterization, and design of demonstration, remediation, and municipal-scale treatment solutions to mitigate risks to communities. We leverage our Tetra Tech Delta technology solutions to provide efficient program management from characterization to implementation. We have expertise in helping clients address emerging contaminants that can be found in groundwater and surface waters:

  • Algal toxins
  • Chlorinated hydrocarbons such as 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP)
  • Emerging organic solvents such as 1,4-dioxane
  • Microplastics
  • Nitrosamines such as n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)
  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • Perchlorate
  • Pharmaceuticals and personal care products
  • Antimicrobials such as triclosan
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Research and Development

Tetra Tech scientists research and implement tools to determine risks for local, 状态, federal, provincial, and commercial clients. We have extensive experience with many types of emerging contaminants in all types of water bodies.

  • Regulatory compliance support
  • Toxicity studies
  • Risk assessments
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Water Quality Characterization

Tetra Tech offers a full range of professional services related to contaminant characterization. We have more than 50 years of experience and house one of the largest, most experienced pools of modelers in the industry. Tetra Tech is well-versed in identifying and communicating risks associated with emerging contaminants in the environment.

  • Monitoring, sampling, and laboratory analysis
  • Predictive modeling
  • Communication and outreach
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Demonstration, Remediation, and Full-Scale Treatment

Our expertise covers all phases of concern, including site investigation and characterization, demonstration of innovative technologies, remedial engineering, regulatory support, and treatment facility design.

  • Feasibility studies
  • Demonstration studies
  • Detailed design

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