Preferred Installer Arrangement for Fluoro-Sorb® Absorbent

Preferred Installer Arrangement for Fluoro-Sorb® Absorbent

Vertex Environmental Inc. is thrilled to announce that we have entered into an exclusive agreement, through our US partners AST Environmental, Inc. (AST), with CETCO®, a subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc., to provide the proprietary FLUORO-SORB® Absorbent technology for in situ injection applications across Canada to immobilize per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).



Pictured from left to right: Anna Willett PE, CETCO®, Technical Services Manager – Environmental Products, Matt Geary, CETCO®, Technical Sales Manager – Environmental Products, Derek Pizarro, CPG, AST Environmental, Senior Product Manager, Duane Guilfoil PE, AST Environmental, President, Michael Donovan, Ph.D., CETCO®, R&D Director – Construction Technologies, Bruce Tunnicliffe, P.Eng., Vertex Environmental, President


As FLUORO-SORB® Adsorbent is a solid product, when applied through direct injection, the material comprises a slurry suspension. Vertex’s decades of experience successfully injecting slurries into overburden, transition zones, and fractured bedrock settings makes this partnership a natural and complementary fit. The trend towards in situ management of PFAS in groundwater versus groundwater extraction or deep in situ construction benefits clients by reducing initial cost-outlays, total project costs, and/or ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) of expensive and expansive pump and treat systems. Working together, Vertex, AST and CETCO® will provide clients with a turn-key solution for installing FLUORO-SORB® Adsorbent in environmental remediation settings where deployment of conventional construction equipment is not optimal and/or possible.

FLUORO-SORB® Adsorbent is a proprietary, NSF-certified product designed to globally support PFAS remediation. Unlike other sorbent products that are selective and unpredictable in adsorbing PFAS, FLUORO-SORB® Adsorbent binds across the spectrum of PFAS (including PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS and PFNA) and is less impacted by co-contaminants in the waste stream, including gasoline- and diesel-range hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, natural organic matter (NOM), salinity, and pH compared to other PFAS adsorbents. As FLUORO-SORB® Adsorbent platelets begin to adsorb PFAS, the platelets expand on a nanometer scale, which allows for greater sorption kinetics and capacity. This unique capability makes FLUORO-SORB® Adsorbent significantly more adsorptive than other commercially available products marketed for PFAS.

To learn more about FLUORO-SORB® Adsorbent technology, in-field distribution testing, and the suite of potential application techniques, please join CETCO® and Vertex for a one-hour comprehensive product and installation webinar on either of the following dates. Click the event date to register:


Western Canada: noon on Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Eastern Canada: noon on Thursday, May 18, 2023


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information about FLUORO-SORB® Absorbent or PFAS remediation please contact Kevin French (

About CETCO®:

CETCO® is the construction technologies subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc., one of the world’s largest minerals companies with over $2B US in annual revenue. They offer solutions for commercial, industrial and infrastructure construction challenges worldwide and are experts in transforming minerals and polymers into technologies that improve productivity and enhance performance. From technical problem solving to on-site supervision, the CETCO® team of scientists, researchers and field engineers develop practical solutions for challenging problems. Through a unique combination of global reach, local support, industry technical leadership and world class research and development capabilities, CETCO® supports the world’s growing infrastructure needs while providing our customers peace of mind – from conception to completion.