Alternatives for Ground Water Cleanup by Committee on Ground Water Cleanup Altern, National Research

By Committee on Ground Water Cleanup Altern, National Research Council

There is approximately 300,000 waste websites within the usa the place floor water and soil are infected. but fresh reviews query even if current applied sciences can repair infected floor water to ingesting water criteria, that's the target for many websites and the outcome anticipated by means of the general public. How can the state stability public wellbeing and fitness, technological realities, and value while addressing floor water cleanup? This new quantity deals particular conclusions, outlines study wishes, and recommends rules which are technologically sound whereas nonetheless retaining future health and the surroundings. Authored by way of the pinnacle specialists from and academia, this quantity examines how the actual, chemical, and organic features of the subsurface setting, in addition to the homes of contaminants, complicate the cleanup job. It stories the constraints of commonly used traditional pump-and-treat cleanup platforms, together with precise case experiences. It evaluates more than a few cutting edge cleanup applied sciences and the obstacles to their complete implementation. It additionally provides particular ideas for rules and practices in comparing infection websites, in picking out remediation applied sciences, and in surroundings acceptable cleanup targets.

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Html EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 15 ments in analysis suggested in this report (for example, evaluating the number of pore volumes extracted per year). Recommendation 2. The committee recommends that the EPA establish a standardized, centralized, broadly accessible repository for site information. Currently, accessing the large amount of existing site data from completed and ongoing ground water remediation projects is extremely difficult. To increase the accessibility of data, the EPA could develop suggested formats for collection and analysis of site-specific information.

Nevertheless, the potential enormity of the costs has fueled the debate about whether the benefits the nation will receive from ground water cleanup at hazardous waste sites justify the costs. CAPABILITIES OF CLEANUP TECHNOLOGIES The rate at which new contaminated sites have been discovered has far exceeded the evolution of cleanup technologies (McCarty, 1990). " Pump-and-treat systems operate by pumping ground water to the surface, removing the contaminants, and then either recharging the treated water into the ground or discharging it to a surface water body or municipal sewage plant (see Box 1-2).

Courtesy of Rice University, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering. THE POTENTIAL CONFLICT BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY The results of the studies of the late 1980s and early 1990s led many people to question whether the risk reduction that pump-and-treat systems achieve is worth their cost. Some have interpreted the studies to mean that cleaning. up ground water to health-based levels is impossible. Others are more optimistic and contend that the data are inadequate to support such an extreme conclusion, given the relatively small number Copyright © National Academy of Sciences.

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