CerOx Corp. announced that its CerOx Technology treated dangerous pesticides, converting them into CO2 and water.
The CerOx system has been used to treat university laboratory wastes consisting of mixed alcohols, chlorinated solvents, organic acids, etc., safely treating these compounds within the state’s environmental limits.
Operating at the University of Nevada in Reno, the company fed certain pesticides (found in the University's grounds department) containing highly chlorinated and toxic compounds into the university’s system. The CerOx System 4 processed Kelthane, a DDT derivative, Chlordane, a highly toxic and mutagenic (genetically altering) pesticide, and Ambush, a permethrin based insecticide. The results were surprising.
Dr. Norvell Nelson, the company's chief technical officer, stated "The cerium 4+ oxidizer took longer to process the kerosene carrier than the toxic compounds, very quickly destroying the toxic compounds beyond detectable amounts".
The CerOx system utilizes a patented electrochemical cell (called the T-CELL), to oxidize a cerium metal ion, which oxidizes organic compounds. The oxidation takes place at low temperature in an enclosed tank, avoiding environmental contamination.