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Texas Technology Corporation


Specializing in the Treatment and Disposal of Spent Caustics, Waste Caustics, Toxic Wastes and Other Hazardous Waste Streams

Servicing  Industry Since 1984



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Overview Of TEXOX Process

What Are Spent Caustics?

How Are Spent Caustics Generated?

Properties Of Spent Caustics

Disposal Characteristics Of Spent Caustics

Disposal Alternatives For Spent Caustics

Results Following Treatment

Case History

Tragedy In The Ivory Coast - What Not To Do

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                Texas Technology was founded 1984 to provide wastewater treatment services for industrial and municipal facilities.  Early programs included traditional treatment programs using biological, chemical, and mechanical methods to effectively treat non-hazardous, hazardous, and toxic wastes.  As the generation of hazardous and toxic wastes increased, our technology responded by developing specialized waste treatment programs employing chemical oxidation.  It was determined that chemical oxidation pretreatment provided enhanced performance in most wastewater processes encountered.  Pretreatment programs quickly evolved using peroxides, permanganates, peracids, ozone, and chlorites.  The purpose of chemical oxidation, trademarked as TEXOX, is to eliminate refractory compounds that otherwise cause downstream operational upsets, air quality concerns, and final discharge permit issues.

                Applying TEXOXTM chemical oxidation technology with traditional processes quickly became the hallmark of Texas Technology and the business grew substantially through the early 90's.  During this period, it was apparent that spent caustics continued to pose an immediate hazard to the environment and public health when disposed in open lagoons and in "out-of-sight and out-of-mind" deepwells.  Although deepwells are still legal in selected areas, the risk for acute and chronic poisoning of our biosphere remains one of the greatest threats today.

                In the late 90's, Texas Technology formed a team of professionals to produce modular treatment systems capable of treating a wide range of spent caustics.  The design included a base module capable of accepting add-on modules depending on the type of spent caustic being treated.  For example, the base module is used to treat sulfidic spent caustics with a single oxidizer, whereas, add-on modules include advanced acid oil separation, catalyst addition, and extended reaction dwell for refractory compounds like phenols.  If necessary, a separate vent gas scrubber module is available if the customer does not have a typical vent gas collection system.

                The greatest challenge facing Texas Technology was overcoming the cheap cost of deepwell disposal where no treatment is provided.  Unprocessed spent caustics are just pumped into a deep well and basically "stored" indefinitely underground.  But how long is indefinitely?  By contrast, TEXOX must achieve complete destruction of all noxious compounds before recycling or discharging to the receiving watershed without adverse effects.  TEXOX breaks the "cradle-to-grave" chain of responsibility.

                Following the tragic illegal dumping of spent caustics in the Ivory Coast, where dozens of people were killed and tens of thousands of injuries were reported (see tragedy), the World community finally took notice of the problems with spent caustic handling and disposal.  Soon thereafter, the United Nations took action requiring the proper treatment and disposal of these acutely toxic wastes.  Today, most countries have banned deepwell disposal and there is a new World focus on treatment programs first pioneered by Texas Technology.


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             The business structure of Texas Technology includes it's employees and other personnel from several specialty companies that come together when needed.  Texas Technology owns and operates the  Applications Laboratory in Pasadena, a suburb of Houston, in the State Of Texas, USA, and is responsible for the TEXOXTM chemical oxidation treatment programs.  To support Texas Technology, additional staffing is contracted from Engineering, Fabrication, and Operations firms that operate under the direct supervision and responsibility of Texas Technology.  The Applications Laboratory is supported by up to 4 employees, Engineering comprises up to 5 employees, fabrication comprises up to 20 employees, and Operations comprises up to 20 employees.  The number of staff assigned to each project is dependent on the size, duration of the project, and the customer's budget.



Texas Technology Applications Laboratory
  Pasadena (Houston), Texas, USA

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