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Rapid Assessment of Remedial Effectiveness and Rebound in Fractured Bedrock

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2013,30 Jun 2017

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CB and I Federal Services,LLc Lawrenceville United States

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Fractured rock sites impacted, with chlorinated solvents such as tetrachloroethene PCE or trichloroethene TCE, remain a significant environmental challenge for the Department of Defense. Efforts to apply in situ remedial technologies, such as chemical oxidation or bioaugmentation, have often proved challenging andor unsuccessful with respect to attaining remedial objectives in fractured rock aquifers. This is because contaminant rebound typically is observed due to processes such as DNAPL dissolution, matrix back-diffusion, andor release of contaminants from low permeabilitybypassed fracture zones. Unfortunately, recognition that these remedial technologies are ineffective is typically not realized until after substantial time and resources have been expended via in situ pilot testing, and the mechanisms controlling the observed contaminant rebound often remain unidentified. This lack of understanding in the conceptual site model hinders effective site management, particularly with respect to designing an appropriate remedial approach and identifying the practical limits of remediation.

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  • Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy

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