REGENESIS were retained to carry out the remediation design and site application works to treat groundwater impacted with hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) on the site of a former saw mill in the United Kingdom, Europe. Metals Remediation Compound® (MRC) and 3-D Microemulsion® (3DMe) were applied into the groundwater to provide rapid reduction and immobilisation of the CrVI present. Groundwater samples collected 2 months after application were analysed for CrVI , returning non-detect results.


Due to the ground conditions of weathered limestone, treatment was carried out via pre-installed treatment wells at 5 m spacing in the source area and 6 m in the barrier. MRC and 3DMe were co-applied into these wells to target the source area of contamination and to install a reactive barrier at the down-gradient edge of the site to protect a nearby watercourse. MRC and 3DMe provide a powerful combination of wide distribution and strong reducing and immobilising properties.

What’s Special?

  • REGENESIS’ injection team completed the site works ahead of schedule to allow the groundwork contractor to prepare the site for housing development.
  • The use of MRC and 3DMe allowed for wide spacing of the injection wells and therefore lower drilling costs.
  • The treatment approach achieved rapid reductions from up to 15,000 μg/L of Cr(VI) to non-detect within two months, expediting regulatory sign-off and unlocking the site for redevelopment

Technology Descriptions

Metals Remediation Compound (MRC) removes metals such as dissolved Cr(VI) from groundwater via in situ immobilisation (precipitation and/or sorption to soil particles).

3-D Microemulsion is an engineered electron donor material that offers a novel 3-stage electron donor release profile, pH neutral chemistry and is delivered on-site as a factory-emulsified product..