December, 2014
Letter From The President

As FY 2014 gets relegated to history, our industry has witnessed some surprising changes associated with mergers, acquisitions and personnel changes - along with the introduction of Provectus Environmental Products, Inc. and our truly new technology offerings.  A critical review of personal events that occurred over the preceding 12 months offered me valued lessons learned.  If you are interested to share in these perspectives... read more.


A major event in my professional career took place on April 15, 2014 when I resigned employment after my company heritage and long-term career interests were sold to a large, external investment entity. We all understand the reasoning for - and potential benefits of - corporate mergers.  And many of us have lived through several such events over the course of our professional careers: some quite recently.  In having done so, we also know the sobering statistics of ca. 70 to 90% failure rate, especially when integration of personnel and philosophies is mismanaged ( 

Can you recall Snapple?  That product played a large part in changing the multi-billion dollar beverage industry and once dominated the market. But it now places well behind other products, arguably because Quaker understood distribution but they did not understand the people, the brand, or its culture. Surprisingly, they lost much of their $1.7 billion in branding value


Corporate size and wealth are useless assets when a company is led by people who do not value their human resources or truly understand the business in which they operate.  Nick Summers wrote an excellent article in Forbes Magazine (May 22, 2014) that summarizes this perspective with precision (  It is a well-written story of how a large, global, established company with over 100 years of operational experience floundered and lost its corporate identity due to what I concluded was poor management practices.  They were large and arrogant; pretending to be superior to their counterparts.  They failed to value their client base; failed to motivate their personnel assets. And in their failures, they encouraged new competitors with vision, drive and freedom to innovate and develop new, improved technologies that changed their industry point forward.


As we enter CY 2015, Provectus has set a solid scientific foundation in its sciences (see Resource Center). From here, you will see how we rapidly expand our operations internationally and integrate industry leaders as new staff and partners.  We will be issuing documentaries from established peers, colleagues and clients who have come to recognize the technical attributes of our offerings.  We will do this while respecting you, our clients, and providing the service to match the caliber of our technologies.


Thank you very much for your confidence in us, and your business.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 


Please visit our on-line Technical Resource Center for technical articles and application guidelines that we have written, or compiled from other sources, in an effort to help us all do our jobs consistently and effectively. You can also find technical articles, slide presentations, technical data sheets, webinar recordings, and other documents that focus on Provectus' technologies.

Examples of some of the more recent additions are highlighted below (rave reviews have been received on the Sampling and Analysis Guidelines in particular). Please let us know if you have specific recommendations or suggestions for future filings and we will do our best to fulfill those requests. Likewise, if you have information that would benefit our community we would welcome your contribution.


Provect-OX™ Self-Activating ISCO / Enhanced Bioremediation Reagent

Safer, More Effective ISCO Remedial Actions using Non-Extreme Persulfate Activation to Yield Sustained Secondary Treatment

Provect-OX™ is an in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) / enhanced bioremediation reagent that rapidly oxidizes a wide variety of organic constituents of interest (COI) present in impacted soil, sediment and groundwater (including chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, and pesticides) while uniquely supporting long-term, sustained, secondary bioremediation processes to manage residuals and prevent contaminant rebound (COI rebound is a common problem encountered with conventional ISCO technologies). This is accomplished by using ferric iron (Fe III) as a safe and effective means of activating persulfate which quickly yields sulfate and ferrate radicals for ISCO treatment. The process also enhances subsequent utilization of sulfate and iron as terminal electron acceptors for facultative redox reactions for improved biodegradation of any residual COIs. This combined remedy combines treatment mechanisms thereby allowing for more cost-efficient dosing of the product.

The use of ferric iron to activate persulfate was thoroughly described in 1958 (J.F. Henderson, McGill University, Montreal, Canada). However, the advanced activation catalyst is unique when considering its ability to enhance bioremediation processes over an extending period of time. Alternative methods of stimulating secondary biodegradation processes using oxygen release compounds (such as calcium or magnesium oxyhydroxide) are limited in that they will remain active for only a few months, after which time their oxygen release potential is exhausted. Iron, on the other hand, will remain active for many years. Moreover, oxygen release compounds inherently increase the local pH to extremely basic conditions (>10 pH units) which is simply not conducive to biological activity. Additional benefits include: i) Provect-OX will not generate excessive heat / off-gases, ii) nor will it mobilize heavy metals or lead to the generation of secondary impact issues such as elevated arsenic, chromium resulting from grossly elevated pH.

Provect-OX is a dry powder material that can be easily injected into a subsurface environment in a variety of ways, based on site-specific designs. Application methods include direct mixing, hydraulic fracturing, pneumatic fracturing, and direct push injection of slurries or liquids. Direct placement in trenches and excavations are also reliable application methods. Data from full-scale field applications will be presented to demonstrate effective in situ groundwater treatment for petroleum hydrocarbons (salinity levels variable) along with detailed cost analysis for the remedial actions.



Spanning over 40 cities across the midwest in 2015, Dr. Jim Mueller will be joining the Remediation Workshop tour by presenting at various destinations on key remedial issues, specifically "Managing Excessive Methane during ERD and ISCR Treatment". Texas Tour: See us in Houston - January 13, Dallas - January 14, or Austin - January 15. 



We are currently offering a 1-hour seminar (either in person or via webinar) to site owners, environmental engineers/consultants, regulators, and the academic community, where a senior staff of Provectus will provide an overview of our current technologies and their use at various locations.



Mueller, J., A. Karachalios and T. Fowler. 2014. Controlling Methane Production during ERD and ISCR Applications. Pollution Engineering News. [UPDATED WITH COMPLETE TABLES]


Hull, J., M. Scalzi and J. Mueller. (2015). Reasons and Technology for Inhibiting Methanogenesis during In Situ Sediment Treatment.  Battelle's Eighth  International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments. January 12-15, 2015. New Orleans, LA.


Mueller, J., M. Scalzi, A. Karachalios, L. Kinsman and J. Peale. (2015). Controlling Methane Production during ERD and ISCR Remedial Actions. RemTEC Summit, March 2-4, 2015. Westminster, CO.


Mueller, J., M. Scalzi and J.F. Molina. (2015). Safer, More Effective ISCO Remedial Actions using Non-Extreme Persulfate Activation to Yield Sustained Secondary Treatment. PTAC 2015 Soil and Groundwater Forum, April 15, 2015 (tentative date). Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Mueller, J., M. Scalzi, W. Meese, S. Aluani and E. Pujol. (2015). Improved ISCR Reagent for Safer, More Efficient Remedial Actions. Controlling Methane Production during ERD and ISCR Remedial Actions. AEHS West Coast Conference, March 23-26, 2015. San Diego, CA.


Hull, J., J. Collins, M. Scalzi and J. Mueller. (2015). Approach to Inhibit Methanogenesis during In Situ Sediment Treatment. MGP Conference, April 15-17, 2015. Providence RI.


Mueller, J., S. Aluani, B. Dayharsh, J. Henderson and B. Meyer. (2015). Potential Consequences of Excessive Methane Production Following ERD and Conventional ISCR Treatment: Case Studies and Remedial Alternatives. Environmental Show of the South, April 22-24, 2015. Gatlinburg, TN.

Chris Mullen
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