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Bioventing Pilot Test Bulk Fuel Storage Area, McGuire AFB, New Jersey

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Draft work plan

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This test work plan presents the scope of an in situ bioventing pilot test for treatment of fuel contaminated soils within the Bulk Fuel Storage Area BFSA at McGuire Air Force Base AFB, New Jersey. The pilot tests have three primary objectives 1 to assess the potential for supplying oxygen throughout the contaminated soil depth, 2 to determine the rate at which indigenous microorganisms will degrade fuel when stimulated by oxygen rich soil gas, and 3 to evaluate the potential for sustaining these rates of biodegradation until fuel contamination is remediated below regulatory standards. If bioventing proves to be feasible at this site, pilot test data could be used to design a full-scale remediation system and to estimate the time required for site cleanup. An added benefit of the pilot testing is that a significant amount of the fuel contamination should be biodegraded during the one year pilot test since the testing will take place within the most contaminated soils on the site. This test will involve injection at one vent well with a 40 scfm blower producing a radius of influence of approximately 40 feet. In situ rates of fuel biodegradation will be determined for individual soil vapor monitoring points. Additional background information on the development and recent success of the bioventing technology is found in the attached document entitled Test Plan and Technical Protocol For A Field Treatability Test For Bioventing. This protocol document will also serve as the primary reference for pilot test well designs and detailed procedures which will be used during the test.

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  • Fuels
  • Water Pollution and Control

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