Accession Number:

ADA350661

Title:

New Site Characterization and Monitoring Technology

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMSTRONG LAB TYNDALL AFB FL ENVIRONICS DIRECTORATE

Report Date:

1995-06-14

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

The cost of characterizing and monitoring U.S. government hazardous waste sites could exceed 100 billion utilizing traditional methods and technology. New sensor technologies are being developed to meet the nations environmental remediation and compliance programs. A consortia consisting of the CRDA partners, Dakota Technologies Inc., and NDSU submitted a proposal to the Advanced Research Projects Agency, Technology Reinvestment Project and won an award to fund the commercialization. The result, Rapid Optical Screening Tool or ROST is a state-of the-art laser spectroscopy system for analysis of aromatic hydrocarbon-contaminated soil and groundwater. With ROST, environmental investigators are able to find, classify, and map the distribution of many hazardous chemicals in the field instead of waiting for reports to come back from the analytical laboratory. The research and development program leading to prototype laser spectrometers is summarized along with results from laboratory and field demonstrations illustrating system performance and benefits for site characterization. The technology has recently been demonstrated in Germany, the Netherlands, and several sites in the United Kingdom having light, medium, and heavy aromatic hydrocarbon contamination from fuel spills and refinery or chemical plant operations.

Subject Categories:

  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE